It may now be a time for Jose Mourinho to get inventive with his Tottenham squad, as they lost their main striker Harry Kane to injury last week.
Kane stretched to tap home the equaliser against Southampton, but managed to tear his hamstring in the process and was immediately substituted.
The goal was chalked off for offside and Kane was not even on the pitch to watch the VAR check, which eventually confirmed the original decision.
Mourinho opted for a front two of Lucas Moura and Heung Min Son against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup today, with both having covered for Kane before.
He also has young Troy Parrott waiting in the wings, if he decides that the 17-year-old is ready for more game time.
However, Mourinho claims he will not be talking about Harry Kane every press conference now, but Spurs will not be able to transform Son or Lucas into a Kane-like number nine.
He said (Football London): “I didn’t speak, or if I did it was very occasionally, about Lloris. I am not coming here, or to press conferences pre-match, you never hear me, ‘Lloris, Lloris, Lloris’. So, at this moment, it is not going to be ‘Harry, Harry, Harry, Harry’. We have what we have and we stick with them. The boys did what they can, you cannot transform Lucas or Son into a number 9 like Harry Kane. So we have to try other things and that is what we are going to do. Until Harry is out, obviously every minute he doesn’t play means a lot to us, it is a big loss for us, but we have to accept it and we have to fight with the boys that are available.”
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