Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas said on Soccer Saturday for Sky Sports over the weekend, he’d back a 75% fit Harry Kane over Tottenham Hotspur’s other strikers.
Kane has been Tottenham’s best attacking player this season with 20 goals to his name already, which is a tally he’ll be looking to improve further over the rest of the season.
Such is his impact, Nicholas feels he may even be risked in certain matches over the next few months, even if he’s not fully fit.
“I think at 75%, I’d still pick Kane over Tottenham’s two other strikers (Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado),” said Nicholas.
Kane’s development under Mauricio Pochettino this season has been impressive and it’s important the manager keeps him on his toes throughout the rest of the season.
He’s going to be challenged when sides start to find ways to prevent him from having a big impact in key games.
His task in the face of those tactics will be to reinvent himself to ensure that he can continue to provide a goal threat, such is Tottenham’s current reliance upon him.
Nicholas’ comments also suggest that Pochettino needs to work hard with his other strikers to try and take some of the pressure away from Kane.
The obvious danger, if Nicholas’ comments are backed up by Pochettino risking Kane later in the season, is that he could pick up a bad injury, which would be damaging to the team.