Former England forward Stan Collymore feels Harry Kane should have had the option of missing Tottenham's post-season tour.
Collymore was critical of the way Tottenham have handled Kane in pre-season ahead of the England under-21 team’s participation in the European Championship and feels the striker should have the option of being able to withdraw himself from post-season tours.
“I look at Harry Kane going to Malaysia, then Sydney – Maybe he’ll get to nip away on holiday for a week but it doesn’t do him any good – He should have a clause in his contract which allows him to withdraw himself from those post-season tours,” he said.
Kane having a very short rest period before the under-21 European Championship places him under strain, which could have been avoided if he wasn’t included in Tottenham’s post-season plans.
After the under-21 tournament, he’ll most likely be given extra time off by Tottenham, meaning he’ll return to pre-season later than some of his Spurs teammates.
He’ll be behind in terms of the fitness work that everyone else is doing and as a result Mauricio Pochettino’s fear that he could miss the start of the new season could be fulfilled.
Kane is so valuable to everything Tottenham are trying to achieve that they can’t risk throwing him into the team next year if he’s showing some clear signs of fatigue.
Doing so risks the possibility of a serious injury developing and that would have an enormous impact on the shape of Tottenham’s team, if the boss hasn’t been able to draft in other players.