Tottenham’s Harry Kane has had a long old year of football, firing Tottenham to a third successive top three finish, coming second in the golden boot race with 30 goals, captaining England to their best World Cup in 28 years, winning the golden boot, welcoming his second child into the world, and starting it all over again with Spurs.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the star striker should be a little tired, but there are no real signs of it at the moment.
Kane has hit top form for Tottenham in recent weeks, and played a part in all three of England’s goals against Spain in the 3-2 win this week.
However, ex-Premier League player David Connolly believes Kane may be struggling after such an intense year.
Harry picked up a reoccurring ankle injury last season, and Connolly wonders whether it is still bothering the front man.
Connolly told LoveSport radio: “I know that he had his ankle injury and I don’t know whether he’s still feeling the effects of that or if that’s still niggling away at him.
“I think Pochettino has had to think of a Plan B because traditionally he would play a 4-2-3-1 and Harry Kane was his No 9.
“This season with Lucas Moura up there, he’s just got a little bit of something different maybe, a bit of pace and explosiveness to run in behind that maybe Harry doesn’t have. You saw at Old Trafford when they played the diamond with two up top they were a real threat to Manchester United.
“England have lost Vardy but there will be other players looking on saying “I’m never going to get in the team because Harry is nailed on”.
“But I look at Pochettino and he might have been thinking ‘we need another option’ in case Harry isn’t firing or perhaps because he’s not got that burst of pace.
“He is a phenomenal technician though.
“I’ve heard some people say he’s not that great with his feet but to me his finishing is exemplary.
“You can tell he is relentlessly practised because he can hit the corners better than anyone.
“He’s a terrific finisher and an unbelievable striker but I think that Pochettino does work his players hard.”
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