Outspoken pundit Chris Sutton has issued a warning to Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino over striker Harry Kane.
The 25-year-old has been recovering from an ankle injury sustained against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
BBC Sport report Kane as saying he is ‘ready to go’ ahead of the final in Madrid on Saturday.
He said: “I started to feel my way back with the team at the end of last week. This week now is to get the fitness as high as possible.
“Then it’s down to the manager. The manager will assess it and decide whether I’m ready to go or not but, so far, I feel good and ready.”
But in the eyes of Sutton, Kane starting against Liverpool should not be a foregone conclusion.
Writing for The Daily Mail, the ex-Celtic striker expressed his conerns over the England captain.
He said: “Harry Kane should not start the Champions League final. It is simply too much of a risk for Tottenham in such a monumental match and manager Mauricio Pochettino must make a sensible decision rather than a sentimental one.
“Common sense must prevail. No matter what Kane says, there have to be doubts over his fitness.”
Sutton proceeds to ask if starting Kane would be in the team’s best interests, especially with Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura as potential deputies up top.
It would be a huge risk for Kane to play from the start and one has to imagine he will be applying the pressure on Pochettino.
The fact remains though, the star is a world class striker and Tottenham are a better team for having him in their team despite recent opinions to the contrary.