Last season, Harry Kane was simply sublime as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur pushed Leicester City close in the race for the Premier League title and with him out of action, this could hinder Spurs’ title pursuit.
The Spurs man netted an impressive 25 goals as Tottenham finished third in the table – and the White Hart Lane faithful fully expected the England international to rack up a similar total this season.
However, Kane suffered a serious-looking ankle injury in Tottenham’s recent 1-0 win against Sunderland. The Spurs forward opened the scoring but was forced off through injury in the latter stages of the contest – and supporters will be sweating on his fitness ahead of a tough run of fixtures.
Spurs will miss Kane’s presence upfront – there’s no doubt about it. The Tottenham man was disappointing for England at Euro 2016 but goals in back-to-back Premier League games had given him a much-needed boost in recent weeks.
Pochettino has been coy on Kane’s estimated layoff period and Spurs will be wary of rushing him back too quickly; especially as aggravating ligament damage could be a huge mistake. At the time of writing, Tottenham are 20/1 to win the title with Betway and punters will be quietly confident of a Spurs triumph, even after Kane’s setback.
Vincent Janssen is adapting to the pace of the Premier League but the Dutchman could flourish as Tottenham’s main man whilst Kane is sat on the sidelines. The former AZ Alkmaar man was awarded the 2016 Johan Cruyff Trophy last season after netting a sensational 31 goals in just 49 games in all competitions.
Janssen hasn’t been able to make a major impact at White Hart Lane just yet but at 22 years old, he is certainly one for the future. And in Spurs’ hour of need, he could be the man to maintain their attacking form as they seek a maiden Premier League success.
Tottenham are sitting pretty near the top of the table; in fact, they are unbeaten in five league games and the likes of Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Janssen have to step up and be counted. If Spurs are going to challenge for the title, Pochettino has to encourage his men to raise their game in Kane’s absence. If they cannot respond, Spurs will struggle to compete for the top four let alone the crown…
On paper, Spurs are looking strong but a long-term injury to Kane could prove detrimental to their title aspirations. Pochettino is one of the best managers in the top flight and the White Hart Lane will be fairly happy with their progress so far this season.
If Janssen and co can lead Tottenham to victory in Kane’s absence, they will prosper significantly when the England man makes his comeback to the starting line-up.by