David Bardsley: How Tottenham can avoid burnout with Harry Kane

Former England defender David Bardsley has suggested how Tottenham Hotspur can help themselves in relation to Harry Kane at the end of the season.

Former England defender David Bardsley suggested on talkSPORT how Tottenham Hotspur can avoid the issue of burnout with Harry Kane at the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino is thought to want Kane to have extra time off over the summer instead of playing for the England under-21 side after an end of season trip to Australia with Spurs.

The pressure, the travelling and the strain across him is huge and there is a very obvious risk of burnout, which Bardsley has explained Tottenham can help avoid.

“It’s difficult because the clubs pay the players and then they go off to play for their countries,” said Bardsley.

“Someone like Harry Kane after a really hard and tough season, he may go on tour with Tottenham, but Tottenham could just rest him.”

It’s understandable why Tottenham would want complete control over everything Kane does because he is the most important attacking player at their disposal right now.

He’s the key goal threat and the man who will have the biggest say in how the frontline of Tottenham’s team develops over the course of this season and looking ahead to next season.

The worry is the extra threat of injury alongside the threat of burnout, with Kane more than likely going to need some extra time off heading into next season if England’s under-21s play well and go deep into the under-21 Euros.

It’s a difficult situation for Tottenham because they are free to leave Kane behind for the Australia trip, which allows him the chance to rest before the under-21 Euros.

However, such is his importance to the club that any trip for the sake of increasing Tottenham’s exposure would have less impact without him.

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