Once again all of Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive football and hard work will not end up with silverware this season. Spurs were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in the semi-finals yesterday. For the second year in a row, the final four is as far as Spurs go in the competition and, the first trophy under Mauricio Pochettino continues to elude them.
There was plenty for fans to discuss after the game but one major topic of discussion was the performance of Harry Kane. The England international struggled immensely against the Red Devils, rarely threatening to get into the game and leaving Spurs and England fans concerned.
It was another poor performance in a week of them for Kane. He was poor against Brighton in midweek, even if he did manage to find the back of the net.
It leads to one alarming conclusion for Pochettino and Tottenham – they need to drop Kane.
Since his return from an ankle injury, the striker has not looked himself. A yard off the pace and not his usual rumbustious self in his pressing game, Kane is clearly not yet 100 percent.
It is admirable of Kane to have made his comeback from his ankle injury ahead of schedule. What is clear now, however, is that the Spurs supremo is not yet fully recovered.
His desire to play is a breath of fresh air and something Spurs fans must appreciate, but for the player’s own good he needs to be taken out of the firing line for a week or two.
He, rightly, wants to chase Mohamed Salah of Liverpool for the Golden Boot but that is simply not going to happen. The Egyptian, who scored against West Brom this weekend, is now on 31 goals and showing no signs of slowing down. Kane, five goals behind, would need to find some epic form to topple him.
That form is not going to come whilst clearly not 100 percent.
Spurs are now, realistically, playing for their position in the Premier League top four. Kane should not be risked in such circumstances.
The likes of Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela can play the central role whilst forgotten man Fernando Llorente and youngster Kazaiah Sterling would love a chance to shine.
Whoever Tottenham do decide to replace him with is hardly important. The important thing is that they give Kane the break he needs but simply will not admit to.