Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Harry Kane has suffered an injury blow to both his ankles. Can Tottenham Hotspur cope without their star man?
Tottenham Hotspur were dealt a fatal blow in their 1-3 loss to Liverpool as Harry Kane injured both his ankles. Jose Mourinho addressed the media in the post-match conference and stated that his marksman could be out for the next couple of weeks. This news has come as a severe blow to Spurs as they could miss out on their main-man during the most important fixtures.
The Lilywhites are set to take on Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester City in the Premier League next month. However, the club is more than likely to be without Harry Kane in the starting eleven. The question is can Tottenham Hotspur cope in Kane’s absence as they take on a set of demanding fixtures in February.
The 27-year-old’s absence will certainly be felt given how clinical he has been in front of goal this season. Kane has contributed to 23 goals this season in the Premier League by scoring 12 and setting up another 11. However, this will not be the first time that Tottenham would have to cope without their striker’s presence as his injuries have become quite a frequent case since the past few seasons.
With Kane set to miss the next several fixtures, the burden of scoring goals will be passed onto Heung-Min Son. The South Korean has also been in fine goal-scoring form this season, scoring 12 goals and setting up another six in the Premier League. Son has the ability to play as a centre-forward and will most likely be the one to fill in the English captain’s role.
Another option would be making use of Carlos Vinicius. The Brazilian striker was brought on loan from Benfica after a phenomenal season in the Portuguese league. However, the 25-year-old has not yet shown the quality to play in the Premier League. So far, Vinicius has played a total of 27 minutes in the Premier League while a majority of his appearances have come in the Europa League and FA Cup.
Since Tottenham are set to play Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester City next, it would be too big a risk to include Vinicius Jr into the starting eleven due to the lack of minutes he has received so far in the English top-flight. Instead, an alternative would be to try out the Brazilian against Brighton on the 1st of February to see whether he has what it takes to play against the top sides of England.
Lucas Moura is another option as well for Jose Mourinho. Moura was deployed as a centre-forward a few times last season when Kane had picked up an injury. The Brazilian has not been at his best this season and has had to compete with Bergwijn for a spot in the eleven. However, trusting the former Paris Saint-Germain forward to play in the centre could be on the cards as well.
It would either be Son or Moura that would have to fill in Harry Kane’s role as Spurs prepare to face one of the most difficult and demanding schedules of the season so far in the Premier League.