Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says Tottenham’s continued use of Harry Kane meant that his hamstring injury came as ‘no surprise’.
In the Times, Cascarino pointed to the difference in the way Danny Ings was managed by Southampton, before the former Liverpool man netted the winner at St Mary’s yesterday.
He said: “It came as no surprise that Harry Kane suffered an injury. Until he was taken off, Kane had played every minute of his side’s five games since December 15. He looked off the pace yesterday and Jan Bednarek was all over him. The consequence of playing him when not at his best? An injury that could keep him out for several weeks.
“Contrast this with Danny Ings. The 27-year-old is every bit as important as Kane. Hasenhüttl chose to rest him for the trip to Chelsea, which Southampton won 2-0. Part of the problem for Spurs is that they do not have a clear alternative. Tottenham must find a way of reducing the burden on such an important figure.”
TBR’s View – Son’s return could be perfectly timed
Tottenham have managed Kane’s absences – and he seems to get at least one per season – reasonably well on the whole in recent times.
That’s largely because of Son Heung-min, who is more than capable of playing up front and offers a dynamic, tireless alternative to Kane.
He has had Christmas off because of suspension but his energy and enthusiasm could be just the tonic needed to account for the absence of Kane.