Tottenham striker Harry Kane has had a busy breakout season for the North London club, but not as busy as some.
This week, England boss Roy Hodgson rebuffed any burnout concerns Tottenham might have over Harry Kane as the 2014/15 season moves into its final months, with further fixtures already looming on the horizon upon its completion.
He is quoted in the Mirror as saying: “I’m not a great lover of the burnout argument, I’ve got to say. If you want to be an international player, you’ve got to accept that football tournaments take place in the summer at the end of the season."
And below we can spell out why concerns Spurs might have about Kane playing too many minutes are unfounded.
In fact, Kane has nowhere near the most minutes on the pitch as other Tottenham players in the league this season.
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Even when looking at minutes accumulated across all competitions, he is behind both Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen - two players who have also featured for their countries during each international break this season. In all competitions Kane has 2970 minutes, while Vertonghen has a whopping 3605 and Eriksen 3209. The likes of Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic have played more minutes than any outfield Spurs player in the league this year, while also having cup, European and international fixtures to contend with.
Any concerns that Spurs have over Kane should then also extend to the Belgian and Dane, especially considering the exhibition friendlies in Malaysia and Australia at the end of the May that the two former Ajax players will also be expected to feature in.
The one difference that Kane faces is the European Championships for the England Under-21s in June, with tournament football likely to be of a higher intensity than most other Under-21 fixtures.
But even then, the maximum amount of games Kane can play would be five if England were to reach the final, with the tournament in the Czech Republic boasting just eight nations.
With England's first game not coming round until June 18, the likes of Vertonghen and Eriksen, and indeed Kane if he was called up to the full England side instead of Gareth Southgate's Under-21s, will have a lot less recovery time than anyone set to feature in the Under-21 tournament, purely due to the fact the senior nations have fixtures lined up for the 7th and 8th of June.
For that reason, and for Kane to develop into the world class forward he is looking like becoming, Pochettino and those responsible for Kane at international level should be encouraging the 21-year-old to play as much as possible, especially when he is in such sensational form.