Pochettino responds to claims that Harry Kane triggered losing streak

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur looked to be in a bad spot when Harry Kane picked up yet another ankle injury against Man United back in January.

The England captain faced six weeks on the side-lines recovering, a time in which Dele Alli was also out injured and Heung Min Son was away on duty with South Korea.

However, despite Kane’s absence, Tottenham didn’t drop a single point in the Premier League in this time, even picking up a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in this time too.

Eventually Kane made his comeback in the Prem, far earlier than expected, and even scored on his first game back against Burnley.

Despite this, Tottenham still lost the game 2-1, before losing again in mid week against Chelsea.

Kane has looked far from his usual self in both games, but that is to be expected after such a long period out.

Poch was asked today what he though about claims Kane has upset the team balance since returning.

Pochettino said (Football London): “It makes me laugh, it is unbelievable, but that is the era we are living in. Harry is one of the best strikers, players in the world. For different circumstances we didn’t win but Harry is one of the best players, not only here in Tottenham, in England, in Europe and the world and that is no doubt and there is no debate.”

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  1. I love Harry Kane as much as I loved Jimmy Greaves, way back in my childhood, but Kane HAS affected the balance of the team on his return, no doubt, insofar as Son has gone completely off the boil in the last two games, Eriksen has decided to take rests mid-game, Lamela and Moura have dipped below effective levels, and the Winks/Sissoko axis has gone slightly askew. We also had an 11 day rest for Pete’s sake! It’s obvious some players have lost a little bit of focus and effort in the light of Spurs’ talisman coming back, and taking things onto his shoulders again like the prodigal son. I’m not saying they’ve sulked or are jealous (God forbid) but it must irk the players who stepped up in Kane’s absence and achieved results for the team. I’m obviously not saying Harry should be dropped tomorrow, because he needs to work his way back to form, and in both Harry and Poch we trust, but I really hope that Poch has worked with Harry and Sonny on their partnership for this weekend. And the quicker Alli gets back to play off Kane’s shoulder, the better for our very important run-in, both in the PL and CL (if we can survive this worrying blip in Germany on Tuesday).


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