Gabby Agbonlahor has criticised Jose Mourinho for his decision to start Harry Kane against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday and claimed that the striker was rushed back from his injury by the Tottenham boss.
Spurs fans would have feared the worst when Kane had to come off at half-time during the North Londoners’ 3-1 defeat to Liverpool after injuring both of his ankles considering that the striker has suffered some major ankle injuries in the past.
However, thankfully for the Lilywhites, the 27-year-old recovered quickly this time around and his return to the side on Sunday was certainly a welcome boost for Spurs, who had suffered three successive loses in the Premier League, leading up to the game.
Kane inspired Tottenham to a comfortable 2-0 win on Sunday, with the striker opening the scoring for the home side with a typically clinical finish into the bottom corner.
Mourinho has revealed that Kane came away from the match against the Baggies unscathed and is fit for Spurs’ FA Cup fifth-round clash against Everton later this evening.
However, Agbonlahor suggested that the striker needed another week to fully recover and was rushed back because of his importance to the side.
The former Aston Villa star told Football Insider:” I feel Jose Mourinho when you watch the Spurs documentary, it’s him pressuring the medical staff, ‘When’s he back? When he’s back?’
“It looks like the manager who will be on to the physios every day and if Mourinho says the player’s ‘okay’, he’s okay and he doesn’t look like he listens to the physios.
“It looks like that with Harry Kane, maybe he needed another week but Jose Mourinho was desperate. His team cannot play without Kane so he probably bought him back a bit early.
“It shouldn’t be like that. Look at other teams, Man City with Aguero, Liverpool with Mane, and they still try and get results.
“Spurs look totally lost without Kane. In previous seasons they haven’t, they’ve probably looked better without Kane. Son Heung-min plays down the middle.
“It’s really strange to see but he comes back and gets his goal and they get the win.”
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Unless Agbonlahor is privy to some information the rest of us are not, I do not know how he can claim that Kane was rushed back. The England captain certainly looked pretty sharp on Sunday. Besides, we know that Kane himself is the type of character who hates missing matches and I would not be surprised if the 27-year-old insisted on playing against West Brom.
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