Gary Neville has said that he expects Tottenham’s results to improve now that Harry Kane has returned from his injury and added that the North Londoners do not look like a team without their star striker.
Tottenham have struggled to string wins together for the last two months and have subsequently gone from being talked about as potential title contenders to now having plenty of work to do just to get back into the top four.
Spurs’ struggles got worse when Harry Kane went off with an injury at half-time against Liverpool, as Jose Mourinho’s men fell to three straight defeats.
Thankfully for Tottenham, Kane made a quick return to fitness, with the England captain coming back into the starting eleven for the clash against West Brom on Sunday.
Spurs looked a lot more fluid and purposeful in attack with the striker back in the side and Neville admitted after the 2-0 win that the 27-year-old’s influence on the team cannot be overestimated.
The pundit said on Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville Podcast: “If Harry Kane doesn’t play at Tottenham they’re nothing like the team.
“If you remember about two months ago we were talking about Tottenham being potential title challengers and at the time I didn’t think that was going to be the case. But I actually thought they were starting to play some really good football.
“I thought the connection between the front players was good. I thought Sissoko and Hojbjerg and midfield were starting to build a relationship.
“The back four was settling down, Aurier was producing his best football and Dier was cementing himself at centre-back, but they are in a messy patch whereby it looks like they have gone back a bit towards the lack of coordination and not really connected as a team, like they did in the early days when you thought what’s going on here.
“But that could be because Kane has not been there, he has such a big influence in that dressing room and in that club and with him being back results will improve.”
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Jose Mourinho has always built his system to get the most out of his best attacking players. What that means is that we are likely to look much more disjointed than we did under Pochettino if one of either Kane or Son is missing. Hopefully, they can both remain fit until the end of the season.
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