Kieran Trippier has lashed out at Harry Kane’s critics, insisting that he is baffled at the fact people are still questioning the Tottenham and England striker.
The hamstring injury that Kane picked up in January was his third major problem in three years and subsequently kept him out for almost six months.
On the back of the England captain’s injury record, there have been questions raised over his ability to keep himself fit through a full season.
Some have even expressed doubts as to whether the 26-year-old will return to his old self after the serious injury problems he has suffered.
Trippier used his former Burnley teammate, Danny Ings as an example of how a player can return to his peak physical condition despite undergoing several surgeries.
The right-back also hailed Kane’s professionalism, as well as his finishing ability, and blasted those who are writing him off.
When asked if Pochettino had told Kane to run less to help his body, Trippier told The Beautiful Game Podcast (as relayed by Football.London): “No I wasn’t [privy to hearing that]. Not at all. It does annoy me that people are saying that about H.
“I’ll give you a great example. People say about his injuries but the prime example is Danny Ings, who I used to play with.
“I think he’s had four ACL injuries but you look at him now and he’s flying.
“You can’t write anybody off and especially H. How can you write him off? It just baffles me.
“Everybody gets injured but it’s just laughable that the media or anybody can write him off. He could play at 50 per cent and still score goals.
“He’s the best finisher I’ve seen, probably him and Jermain Defoe in training.
“H is great. He’s the best pro I’ve ever come across. He doesn’t drink. Top professional on and off the field.
“He does everything right. He will score goals wherever he is. I’ve got no worries about H.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I don’t think any serious pundit or former player is really writing Kane off. However, there are genuine question marks about his ability to keep himself fit. There is a case to be made that he pushes himself too hard in matches, which is why he always seems to end up picking up injuries during a busy run of fixtures.
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