Should Harry Kane be rested now, with Tottenham’s season drawing to a close.
Spurs have little to play for this season, with missing out on Europa League football arguably a better deal for the club, and it would seem like the perfect time for Harry Kane to be rested.
21-year-old Kane has been a revelation this term, with his 30 goals and all-round explosive play doing much to lift Tottenham’s season from mid-table mediocrity to European challengers.
However, the North London club's chances for Champions League football have dropped off in recent weeks, and missing out on the Europa League could benefit the club next term, and Kane’s drop in form has the catalyst for this collapse.
The youngster has still performed well, but just one goal in his last four games is the not the same return he was achieving earlier in the campaign, and it appears as if fatigue is catching up with him.
Aside from the 47 appearances Kane has made with Spurs, he also has England and England Under-21 caps to his name, and it is expected that he will feature for the Under-21’s this summer.
He could well pass the 60-game mark, which for someone of his age, is an exceptional tally.
It has been visible in the last few weeks that his play has suffered with this amount of game time, as his on-pitch influence has waned. Rather than being the omnipresent figure found in every area of the pitch to win the ball, Kane’s play has become much more focused upon his goalscoring and poaching, and the performance levels have dropped.
If Kane does feature for England this summer, he will return to pre-season with Spurs having not enjoyed a long break, meaning he will likely start the next campaign still fatigued. This is how young players burn out and fail to reach their potential, and to prevent this happening to Kane, Spurs should offer him a rest now until the end of the season.
There is no point in overplaying him for the sake of his name whilst Spurs have little to play for, and a rest would not only benefit Kane’s development, but England in the summer and Tottenham’s form next season.
He may not want to enjoy an extended break after his breakthrough season, but he should be forced to by the Tottenham management, so they can enjoy a campaign of similar heights next season.