Alan Shearer has claimed that he wouldn’t start Tottenham centre-forward Harry Kane in the Champions League final, as he bids to prove his fitness in time.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined with an injury since April, but will be desperate to feature in the European cup final against Liverpool.
Pundit Shearer has suggested leaving the English striker on the bench, stating that his teammates have done well without him.
He’s picked out the attacking trio of Fernando Llorente, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura for their efforts en route to the final.
Moura netted a stunning hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-finals to help the North London club progress, while Son (two) and Llorente both scored in the quarter-final success over Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino’s group have managed to step up without their talisman Kane, so it remains to be seen whether he will come straight back into the XI.
“Pochettino will have a decision to make about their main man Harry Kane — but I would not start him. Tottenham managed all right without him at City and Ajax,” Shearer wrote in the Sun.
“Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente have all stepped up. So I would keep Kane on the bench and maybe bring him on at some stage.”
There is certainly an argument to say Kane should be recalled against Liverpool even if he’s only 90 per cent fit, but on the flip side many of his teammates deserve to start and have got the team to the final.
Pochettino will ultimately have the colossal decision to make and it’s taking up much of the pre-match talk.
The worst possible scenario would be Kane starting the game only to aggravate his injury and the player will surely know how close to full fitness he really is.
Spurs are going to have to be at their best to overcome a relentless Liverpool outfit that look a force once again in Europe and pushed champions Manchester City to the final day of the Premier League season.