Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has spoken about how lucky and happy he is to have Harry Kane on board and fit again at Spurs, speaking to Football London ahead of his side’s Premier League clash on Thursday.
The Tottenham talisman suffered a long-term hamstring injury on New Year’s Day and was only expected to play the final few games of the season at most.
Kane’s absence, combined with Son Heung-min also ending up on the sidelines some weeks later, threatened to derail Tottenham’s campaign entirely.
Indeed, Spurs had gone six games without a win, out of the FA Cup and Champions League, and slipped to eighth in the Premier League by the time English football was suspended.
Kane was back in action for Spurs after the Premier League returned following the enforced break and has scored one goal in two games since the restart.
Mourinho, who has worked with some of the best strikers in the world, was asked by Football London at his pre-Sheffield United press conference where Kane ranked amongst them.
“You are right, I was lucky to have some of the best strikers in the last couple of decades,” replied Mourinho.
“I’m lucky to have another one – he’s that level in the world, and period there is nothing more to add to it.
“There is nothing I can add to it that you already don’t know. Fantastic player, great professional and really really happy to have once more one of the best strikers in the world.”
It almost beggars belief that Kane has been criticised by some after the restart for not looking overly sharp and for ‘just’ one goal from two, bearing in mind the 6ft 2in ace is not long back from a long-term injury.
Mourinho made it very clear that “the agility is coming, the sharpness is coming, the positioning is coming, the interaction with the other players is coming” and, rather than deeming it a “crisis”, he thinks it’s an “improvement”.
Spurs are going to be very busy over the next two-and-a-half weeks and, with Kane progressing nicely in his return from injury, he’s bound to improve as the games come on and hopefully get the goals to finish the season on a high.