Connect with us

ARTICLES

“The people outside don’t know Harry Kane”: Mauricio Pochettino hits back at criticism aimed towards star striker

Published

on

As per a report by Daily Express, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at claims that star striker Harry Kane looks like he needs a longer rest following the World Cup.

Kane, 24, has had just one full summer off – in 2017 – in the last four years. Two years ago, he was in France for the European Championships and the year before, he played in the Under-21 equivalent.

Tottenham won their season-opener against Newcastle United last weekend but Kane failed to score. The England international looked off the pace and failed to break his August hoodoo at Newcastle, despite playing 14 games over the past four years.

It sparked suggestions that Pochettino should provide the England captain with a break to rediscover his mojo but our gaffer has hit back at the critics, saying he will never take risks with Kane’s fitness (h/t Daily Express).

“I respect all opinions,” Pochettino was quoted by the Express ahead of the Premier League clash against Fulham at Wembley.

“I only have my own truth. We all have our own truths about what we see and how we manage. We can’t explain how we manage players behind the scenes.

“The people outside don’t know how Harry Kane was after playing 90 minutes last week.

“They don’t know if Sunday Harry was off, Monday off or training or relaxation or one session or in the gym. Be sure that I am not going to take a risk.

“If we are conscious that we would be taking a risk, be sure he is not going to play. But the 25-30 people who are coaches, sport scientists and physios here, we talk a lot about fitness health and everything.

“If we are wrong it is 25-30 people who are wrong. When we take a decision about health it is not a football decision.”

Kane has suffered three ankle ligament injuries in the past two seasons and Pochettino did admit that injuries are part and parcel of the game, regardless of how well a player trains on the pitch.

Kane was Europe’s top goal-scorer in 2017, with 56 goals in 52 games for club and country. In addition, he also won the Golden Boot in the recently concluded World Cup. Our club simply cannot afford to replace him with someone of similar quality. The Englishman is just indispensable for Pochettino and Spurs.

Read more: Mauricio Pochettino set to send 21-year-old Spurs starlet on loan again

And to make things all the more interesting, Kane has finally broken his August jinx by scoring a screamer against Fulham on Saturday. The 24-year-old striker had a glorious opportunity and he grasped it with both hands, hence silencing his naysayers.

He did not look like he was struggling on any level and let’s hope Pochettino’s words hold true in the near future.

Spurs Transfer News

ARTICLES14 hours ago

Transfer News: Tottenham keeping tabs on 23-year-old Serie A star worth £42million

Tottenham Hotspur keen on Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli According to FC Inter News (h/t Football.london), Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs...

ARTICLES2 days ago

“He told me” – Tottenham new boy credits Bale for helping him with North London move

Sergio Reguilon joined Tottenham Hotspur thanks to Jose Mourinho and Gareth Bale Speaking to Sky Sports, Spanish international Sergio Reguilon...

Luka Modric played for Tottenham before going to Real Madrid Luka Modric played for Tottenham before going to Real Madrid
ARTICLES3 days ago

“I’m too old” – Former Tottenham star rules out Premier League return citing age factor

Luka Modric doesn’t believe a return to Tottenham is possible Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has shared his plans for...

Tottenham boss Mourinho says Ndombele remains a part of his plans Tottenham boss Mourinho says Ndombele remains a part of his plans
ARTICLES3 days ago

Report – Barcelona star’s Serie A move the reason for £60m-rated Tottenham star’s failed transfer

Tottenham Hotspur wanted to recoup record outlay for Tanguy Ndombele Tottenham Hotspur went big last summer when they made Tanguy...

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined Tottenham this week Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined Tottenham this week
ARTICLES3 days ago

FA regulations set to impact Tottenham transfer plans for January

FA regulations set to make life difficult for Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window According to The Times, Tottenham...

Milik on Tottenham radars Milik on Tottenham radars
ARTICLES4 days ago

Tottenham could sign proven 26-year-old Serie A ace for as little as £6.3million

Tottenham Hotspur still keeping tabs on Arkadiusz Milik According to Area Napoli (h/t Football.london), Tottenham Hotspur remains interested in Napoli...

Rose Rose
ARTICLES5 days ago

“You’re not going to see him” – Mourinho offers a clear picture on Tottenham veteran’s future

Danny Rose has played his last game for Tottenham Hotspur According to Football Insider (h/t The Express), former Tottenham Hotspur...

ARTICLES5 days ago

Tottenham missed out on this prolific Portuguese league ace valued at over £100m

Tottenham Hotspur missed out on Benfica ace Darwin Nunez According to The Express, Tottenham Hotspur missed out on South American...

Academy News6 days ago

“This is a better club” – Scottish wonderkid reveals why he chose against joining Tottenham in the summer

Callum Flatman reveals why he chose to reject a move to Tottenham Hotspur According to Edinburg Evening News, Scottish wonderkid...

Troy Deeney has been with Watford since 2010 Troy Deeney has been with Watford since 2010
ARTICLES7 days ago

“You can’t go back” – Championship star lifts the lid on failed Tottenham move this summer

Troy Deeney opens up on failed Tottenham Hotspur transfer According to the Evening Standard, Watford Skipper Troy Deeney has opened...