Is this Tottenham star in desperate need of a holiday?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fans have been in awe of the rise of Harry Kane for some five seasons now, but is the England star currently firing on all cylinders?

I would argue not. Despite Kane breaking his August curse, and scoring two goals in four games, including a delightful header away to United, something doesn’t look right.

It was the same feeling I had watching Kane for England at the World Cup this summer, in front of goal, especially early in the game, he’s as clinical and powerful as ever, but his general game play has definitely dropped.

We’re used to seeing the centre-forward hustling and bustling his way through the 90 minutes, dropping deep to spray passes, shrugging off his man and driving the play forwards, and just generally making a nuisance of himself.

Although he doesn’t look the most pacey, Kane has a great turn of speed, and we’re well used to seeing him cover a lot of ground through a game, something he doesn’t currently seem to be doing.

So, why is this? I think the answer is simple, the man needs a rest.

Since the start of last season, Kane played almost every game for Tottenham through both the Premier League and Champions League campaigns, as well as cameos in the cup matches.

Not only this, but he went straight from a Spurs shirt into an England one this summer, captaining his side to a semi-final, and playing almost every minute of their campaign.

After winning the Golden Boot in Russia, it seemed that Kane deserved a bit of a break, but it was later revealed that he went straight back into Spurs training, as his fiancée was expecting their second child, meaning that they couldn’t exactly jet off anywhere nice on holiday.

This marks over a full calendar year of non-stop, gruelling football at the very top level.

Kane is human, after all. I think the man needs to be used sparingly for the next few weeks, or else he’ll never make it through the entire season.

What do you think? How should Spurs handle the Kane situation?

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  1. He did get a vacation after the WC but still seems to me that these players never really get a “rest” with the amount of games that they play. Even if they did get a decent “rest”, then they would NOT be match fit when they turned up for training again afterwards.

    Depending on cup competition progress, Spurs (and other teams) could be playing pushing 70 games a season. It’s no wonder that some managers blow off the Carabao Cup, is it?

    So, what is a club to do? I was reading the rules for CL squad qualification in another article today. Really hard for clubs to keep the right balance with “home grown”, “non home grown” etc especially when the likes of Ben Davies isn’t qualified as “home grown”. Who would be a manager?


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