Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has backed the team to cope without Harry Kane just like they have on occasions in the past.
Kane tore his left hamstring in the latter stages of the 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day and he is expected to spend a considerable amount of time on the sidelines (Football.London).
Kane has been in terrific form since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club, not only managing to find the back of the net with typical regularity but also putting in a massive shift up front for the side.
Some pundits including Darren Bent (talkSPORT) questioned if the side will be able to cope without their talisman but Dier is confident that other players can step up to the plate just like they have when the 26-year-old was injured in previous seasons.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Dier said: “Every season we’ve been posed this question [about coping without Kane] we’ve answered it.
“It’s just up to the other players to step up. Harry’s one of the best strikers in the world, so it would be a loss to any team. He’s a really, really important player for us, but everybody has the opportunity to be an important player.”
The England midfielder also insisted that the team was doing everything they can to improve and revealed the team’s frustration at failing to win against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third-round tie last weekend.
He added: “We need to be better in every aspect. We know that and we’re trying to be. Yesterday [Middlesbrough on Sunday] was disappointing. After conceding the goal, [Boro] made it difficult, they played very deep.
“We controlled the game from the beginning, I think our attitude was good and in the end we probably should have scored a second.”
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While there is no doubt a player of Kane’s quality will be a huge miss for any side in the world, what exacerbates the situation is the lack of cover for the 26-year-old. We simply do not have any other player in the squad who provides the same physical presence upfront and so we desperately need to add a centre forward in January.
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