The Tottenham striker says he has been thriving off the early-season suggestion that he was a one-hit wonder.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has admitted to the Mirror that his successful season has been made all the sweeter by the jibes aimed at him early in the current campaign that he was nothing more than a one-season wonder.
Kane burst onto the scene last term with a stunning breakthrough campaign for Spurs in which he netted 31 goals in 51 matches in all competitions, with 21 of those strikes coming in the Premier League.
He was also named the PFA Young Player of the Year and in the PFA Team of the Year, and many observers wondered how he would manage to top such a successful emergent season.
Those doubts were intensified by the fact that the 22-year-old netted only once at club level in the first two-and-a-half months of the current campaign, and the label of "one-season wonder" began to stick.
However, a hat-trick at Bournemouth on 25 October kickstarted his follow-up season, and since then he has been virtually unstoppable, racking up 25 goals in 44 matches in all club competitions and surpassing last season's league total with still six matches to go.
His 22 strikes make him the Premier League's top scorer this season, and Kane insists that he never doubted his ability and is delighted to have quietened the critics.
He told the Mirror: "Yes there was a lot of talk at the start of the season [about being one-season wonder] but I have a lot of self-belief, I believe in my ability. Whenever anyone tells you you can’t do something or that you’re not as good as you think you are, you want to prove them wrong.
"Of course I want to do the best I can for myself anyway, but when people are telling me I can’t do it, it makes it even better for me when I go out there and work hard and do what I do and achieve what I achieve.
"Obviously, I’ve gone ahead of last season but it doesn’t stop here - there are six games left for me to try to get as many goals as possible. It’s a great achievement, one I’m very proud of but hopefully it doesn’t stop here, hopefully there are still a few more goals."
Kane surpassed his league tally of last season on Saturday evening with a superb turn and finish to earn his title-chasing side a point against Liverpool at Anfield.
That leaves him with six goals in his last five matches at club level, but his own personal success is looking less and less likely to fire Spurs to the title.
The draw, coupled with Leicester City's 1-0 win over Southampton, saw Mauricio Pochettino's side drop to seven points behind the Foxes with just six matches left to play.