Dele Alli has told Football London of his admiration for Harry Kane but claims the club shouldn’t rush him back from his injury.
The England striker has been laid low since December after rupturing a hamstring tendon.
Some images yesterday did appear to show Kane doing some work out on the training pitch, however, and naturally, Alli was quizzed about his return.
The 23-year-old might be utilised as a makeshift deputy for Kane again tonight and he is happy to see Kane edging closer to a return.
He told Football London: “Harry’s an amazing athlete and professional. He’s picked up a few injuries since I’ve been here and every time he’s recovered well. You can see how motivated and dedicated he is.
“I wasn’t surprised to see him out there. He works so hard on his game. Obviously it’s a massive boost. Even when he comes to watch the games, it’s a boost. He’s always speaking, trying to motivate every one which is good. He’s a real leader.
“As a player who has had a few hamstring injuries, it’s a weird one because I don’t want him to rush it because I know how much it can come back, but at the same time, we need him. As long as he does his recovery properly and comes back strong I’ll be happy.”
Alli is right to suggest that Tottenham need Kane back but he’s also on the money to suggest they don’t want him breaking down again.
The England captain is one of the best strikers in world football and of course, Tottenham have missed him desperately.
At 26, Kane has plenty of his career left and he looks set to break all sorts of goalscoring records.
In 278 appearances for Spurs, he has scored 181 goals and also has 32 in 45 games for England.
Alli seems like the sort of player who will play anywhere for the Tottenham cause but he must be craving a return to his natural No.10 role.
Under Mourinho, he was just getting into his stride in that role and Kane’s return will see him revert.