Harry Kane is world class, there is no doubt about it. He’s currently joint top goal scorer in the Premier League, and he’s a future protege for the England national team. However, due to his recent imjury, can Tottenham Hotspur survive without his expertise?
On Sunday, Tottenham hammered Millwall in the quarter final of the FA Cup. However, none of that work was associated with Harry Kane. In the 10th minute of the game, Harry Kane rolled his ankle, raising many concerns among-st the Tottenham fans. The club have recently come out saying that they confirmed the clinical front man sustained ligament damage to his right ankle during the game. The injury is to the same ankle that he unfortunately damaged in September against Sunderland. However, Tottenham fans, there is some good news; the club has confirmed that it is not as severe as the previous injury. Most people were clearly aware of this, as he limped off rather than being carried on a stretcher like he did in September. The injury didn’t affect Tottenham’s emphatic performance, as Heung Min Son dismantled the League One coolly.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
So, the good news from this? Only the severity of the injury is all that can be seen good from it all. Tottenham are aiming to get Harry Kane back by their home fixture against Bournemouth on the 15th April, one week before their London derby semi final clash against Chelsea in the FA Cup. Within that time frame, Tottenham have to play: Southampton (H), Burnley (A), Swansea (A), and Watford (H). A side like Tottenham would be expected to win all those fixtures with Harry Kane, but without Harry Kane could prove some difficulties. Heung Min Son has proved that he can play the No9 role, but in terms of consistency, he’s not as good as Harry Kane. The technical abilities of both players are completely different; Son offers a extra yard of pace, whereas Harry Kane is a player that flows with team play; and then there’s Vincent Janssen, a player whom Spurs fans aren’t too comfortable with at the moment. On Sunday, Vincent Janssen finally broke the deadlock of scoring from open play, so that could drive him two different ways; he could bring out his inner Van Nistelrooy, or he continues playing poorly and adds nothing to the squad. I’m sure, that he definitely has a different mindset, now that he’s finally ticked off that open play goal; but can he do it for a whole month straight? No. Well, at least I don’t think so. That is why I think it’s going to be a struggling month for Tottenham. Admittedly, the first injury of Harry Kane at the start of the season, they performed quite inconsistently. They managed to score to beat an unbeaten Manchester City side, but then went on run of three consecutive draws. So, it is difficult to tell how Tottenham will react to it; Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are performing exceptionally well for Tottenham at the moment, so they could play a pivotal role in how they play whilst Harry Kane is absent.
In my opinion, Tottenham’s best option is to go with Heung Min Son as their CF momentarily. It’s all Tottenham really have at the moment. I’m sure Spurs fans will agree with me that they would prefer the South Korean over Vincent Janssen any day; however, if Harry Kane is not back by their FA Cup semi final fixture, I feel like they will struggle. The competitiveness between the teams they are playing from now until then vary so much. But, Harry Kane is such a vital player to the Tottenham squad, it would not surprise me Tottenham started to slip down the table. I don’t think they will drop out the top 4, but I do think they could drop down into 4th. As a Spurs fan, I pray that I’m wrong and that we win our games. But, I’m trying to not be too optimistic, in case some tragedies do occur.
Do you agree with me? How do you think Tottenham will cope without Harry Kane? Let me know in the comments!