Ian Wright believes that injuries have started to catch up with Tottenham striker Harry Kane and has suggested that he’s started to slow down.
The 26-year-old has recently been ruled out of action until April with a hamstring problem and it’s a devastating blow to Jose Mourinho’s team.
He has scored 17 goals in 25 games across all competitions this term, but Spurs will have to try battle on without him for the immediate future.
The North London club have a nine-point gap to the top four spots they have to try reduce, as well as a Champions League last-16 tie with RB Leipzig on the horizon.
BBC pundit Wright feels that Kane may have lost a yard of pace in the last few years and doesn’t feel it’s right that he is often rushed back from injury due to a lack of options in the Spurs squad.
He’s had a couple of injury issues in recent seasons that have disrupted him, but he’s so crucial to the team.
“He’s always rushed back [from injury]. He’s always under pressure at Tottenham to have to get back. They haven’t had that number two striker that comes in and steadies the ship,” Wright told The Monday Night Club programme on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport (7:12pm, 13 January).
“When you watch Harry Kane in the last two or three years especially he does seem to have slowed down a little. He seems to have changed his game for not as much hard running.”
Kane’s game has never been about blistering pace, but he’s shown he’s a natural finisher and is still a proven goalscorer at the top level.
But it’s a fair assessment that at times he may have been rushed back and there will be long-term damager if he’s not given the appropriate time to heel.
Spurs definitely need to go sign another striker in the January transfer window to bolster the squad and that would also help talisman Kane.