West Ham United striker Carlton Cole explained to talkSPORT that he doesn’t expect Tottenham forward Harry Kane to be affected by the issue of second season syndrome next season.
Kane has had a fantastic impact with Tottenham this season, with the suggestion that he might struggle to deal with new tactics and systems designed to take him out of games next season.
However, Cole, who has been a striker in the Premier League for several seasons, doesn’t feel that will be a problem.
“You can say next season he won’t do the same thing, but I doubt it. He’s just a goalscorer,” said Cole.
“I first heard about him when he was banging in goals for the youth teams and he’s just one of those players who loves to score goals.”
Kane has an admirable work ethic and he’s a very fit player, which suggests that he will never stop moving and trying to find ways he can be effective during big games.
Side may well be studying footage of him in the hope of producing a system to mute him, which Jose Mourinho would be proud of.
However, his work ethic and sheer desire to hit the back of the net on a consistent basis is something, which should help him to stay effective in the face of the tactics coming at him.
It will be interesting to see how he plays against the Italians this evening, who are one of the sides around the world, notorious for the lengths they go to in terms of their tactics.
They could look to isolate him and it will be interesting to see if he has learned after Manchester United did something similar when they defeated Tottenham 3-0.