Former midfielder explains why Spurs’ season will be defined by the next six weeks

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is expected to be out until the start of March after picking up an ankle injury against Manchester United.

Since the news broke, there have been several people questioning if Tottenham are capable of coping with the absence of their star striker.

Kane is likely to miss the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi final against Chelsea and the final if Spurs make it through, as well as the Champions League round of 16 ties against Dortmund.

Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has insisted that how Spurs are able to cope with the next six weeks will define whether Pochettino’s men are able to win any trophies or qualify for the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season.

Jenas said the club needed to spend money in January and bring players in, in order to ensure that their season isn’t ruined.

In a column for the Daily Mail, Jenas wrote, “What I would say is that now — with the unfortunate convergence of Son’s absence for the Asian Cup with Harry’s injury — they have to spend. They have to try to get someone who can make a difference right away.”

“They have the Carabao Cup semi-final this week and maybe a final next month. They have their FA Cup fourth-round fixture at Crystal Palace next week. Next month they have the last-16 game in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund. The fight to finish in the top four will be raging.”

“Tottenham’s season is on the line. Their ability to challenge for trophies and their capacity to make the Champions League for a fourth successive year will be defined by these next six weeks. To take a step back now could be ruinous.”

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  1. I like Jenas. He is a very thoughtful pundit. However, isn’t he being a bit generous with his timescales on this occasion? Spurs season will largely be defined by the next three matches-all in London. If they lose to Fulham they may not get top 4. Why? Because it will be the third loss in just 4 games which is hardly top 4 form. If they lose to Chelsea next Thursday by more than 1 goal they are out of the Caraboa Cup. If they lose to Crystal Palace a week today they are out of the FA Cup. That leaves Dortmund in the Champions League-don’t even bother going there. Why? Because Dortmund are a whole different proposition than Fulham or Chelsea and because by this time the players will be devastated to a point beyond the rescue remedy that has been Poch’s magic!


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