If there is one silver lining for Tottenham Hotspur from the suspension of the Premier League season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that the break has given their injured stars the time they needed to regain their fitness.
The likes of Moussa Sissoko, Steven Bergwijn, and Son Heung-min are all back in training but it is the return of Harry Kane that has predictably been talked about the most.
The striker has been out of action since New year’s Day and his absence has been a major blow for the Lilywhites, particularly since they lack and out-and-out senior striker in the squad apart from the 26-year-old.
The England captain admitted that not playing a game for six months has been a shock to the system but insisted that he will come back stronger than he was before (Spurs TV).
Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan feels that the effect of Kane returning to the Tottenham team cannot be overstated not only due to the striker’s technical quality but also because of his leadership skills.
When asked about Kane’s return, Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s massive, he’s such a talisman is Harry Kane that I think he carries a lot of pressure on his shoulders and sometimes takes the game by himself.
“He’s a leader out there and these kind of players are hard to replace – we’ve found that with Tottenham, how difficult they found certain games without that sort of player. Not only is he a fantastic finisher, he does so much in that number 10 and midfielder area.
“He’s one of these players that when you see him on the teamsheet, it gives an extra boost to every other player that’s in the team. Not many players can do that but Harry commands that kind of respect.
“I think having him back now at the back end of the season is huge for Jose Mourinho – let’s not forget about Sissoko and how well he’s been doing, how important he’s been. For Jose to be getting these two back, it’s a massive, massive bonus.”
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There is no doubt that just having Kane’s name on the teamsheet is a major boost for Spurs. Not only will his teammates take confidence from his presence but he will also plant a seed of doubt into opposition defenders. The striker being back will also benefit the likes of Dele and Son as they will now have a physical presence up front to play off, rather than trying to hold off defenders themselves.
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