Rio Ferdinand has claimed on his YouTube channel that Tottenham Hotspur are an average team with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, in reaction to comments made by Roy Keane over the weekend.
Keane stole the headlines once again on Sunday after telling Sky Sports that Spurs are an average side in the Premier League without Kane and Son. What then followed was a heated debate with Jamie Redknapp over Keane’s comments.
Unsurprisingly, many felt that Keane was too harsh and went over the top in his assessment of the Tottenham squad.
However, Ferdinand seemed to agree with his former teammate when he asked about what Keane said.
“At the end of the day, are Spurs an average team? That’s what Roy was saying. I think, without Kane and Son, 100% they’re average, 100%,” he told his YouTube channel.
“Toby Alderweireld doesn’t get in any of the big teams. No chance. Three years ago he does, not now. He barely just about gets in the Spurs team. You have to agree that Spurs are an average team without Son and Kane. They’re the only two that get in any of the big teams. Hojbjerg might get in as a squad player.”
It does seem to be a strange claim. Spurs would be significantly worse off without Kane and Son. But obviously, almost every other side in the top flight would suffer dramatically if their two best players were taken out.
There are players within Jose Mourinho’s squad who are capable of being world-class. Gareth Bale is threatening to get back to his best. Dele Alli will have an incredible career if he gets back on track.
Tanguy Ndombele meanwhile, looks to have an outrageous amount of talent. And as Ferdinand hints at, Hojbjerg seems to be pivotal to their fortunes.
It does seem therefore, to be overly dramatic to write them off as an average team without Kane and Son.