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.
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.
Juan Foyth names former Manchester United star as his idol while growing up
Juan Foyth scored the winner in Tottenham’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The youngster has been drafted into the Spurs first-team due to the injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.
Despite a lack of Premier League minutes, the Argentine did well against Wolverhampton Wanderers but he gave away a couple of penalties.
The youngster was much better in the game against the Eagles and recently claimed an ex-Premier League defender was his choice when playing with friends.
The 20-year-old was quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“My idol when I was young was Kaka, but playing with friends, I always played centre-back and I’d say, ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’. But I don’t know why.
“I was young, but I know he was an amazing centre-back. I’d play PlayStation and when I’d play with friends I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’, but I don’t remember the games.”
The former Leeds United and Manchester United defender was one of the best during his playing days, and the Englishman won almost everything there is in club football.
Foyth has had a great start to his Premier League career with Tottenham, but the youngster has a long way to go before he can emulate the former defender.
For now, the former Estudiantes player’s stock is on the rise, and playing in the Premier League certainly is a big deal for the 20-year-old.
“Since when I was a kid, my dream was playing in the Premier League, so I’m enjoying it.”
Tottenham head into the international break with a spot firmly placed in the top four. Our next game is a huge clash against Chelsea at Wembley, and it will be interesting to see who plays in our defence on 24 November.
Tottenham set to receive transfer blow as Juventus steals a march for 19-year-old rising star
Tottenham face a huge task in signing Matthijs de Ligt as Juventus want Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, to discuss a possible transfer with the club director Fabio Paratici, according to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london).
De Ligt is one of the highest rated players current in Ajax and has been linked with Tottenham, as per the report.
Manchester City and Barcelona are also interested in the 19-year-old. The Italian report adds that De Ligt has accepted an invitation from the Serie A giants to visit the club too.
Tottenham could count on their relationship with Ajax regarding players signed in recent years. Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen all joined Spurs from the Dutch giants, while Toby Alderweireld is a former Ajax player too.
Of course, it would be difficult to get into a bidding war with the two European giants. However, playing under one of the brightest managers in football could have its own benefits for a player like De Ligt.
Juan Foyth and Sanchez have gotten better under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Hopefully, this factor and playing in possibly the toughest league in the world can sway De Ligt’s transfer to our direction.
“It is strange that Daniel asked for details like this” – Mauricio Pochettino surprised about his inputs for new stadium
Spurs expected to play at the new ground in September, however, the stadium has been hit by many delays and we are unsure when it will be ready for use.
Pochettino has seen Spurs start the Premier League season well and we are five points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games.
The Argentine was quoted by the Mirror about Levy asking him for some inputs related to the stadium:
“It is strange that Daniel asked for some details like this because he is the architect and he loves this kind of thing.
“But yes, he asked, because we are the professionals and afterwards we are going to be using those different things at the stadium.”
Spurs were recently given clearance to play at Wembley till the end of the current campaign, should the stadium not be ready before the 2019-20 season, as per the Mirror.
We played all our home games at Wembley last season, and the new stadium certainly is taking much longer than expected to be completed.
Tottenham will have one of the best grounds in football once our new home is ready. Hopefully, Pochettino can lead us to a few titles once the venue is open.