Liverpool legend Phil Thompson expressed his surprise on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports on Saturday evening when informed why Harry Kane was substituted during Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Stoke City.
The England international striker started the Premier League game at White Hart Lane, but he was substituted in the 64th minute with Spurs 2-0 ahead.
Visiting Stoke scored twice in the final 15 minutes of the encounter, as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Following the match, Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino said that he took off Kane because he was tired (as reported by The London Evening Standard).
When informed during the Soccer Saturday show about Pochettino’s comments regarding Kane’s substitution, former Liverpool defender Thompson said: “(Substituted) 20 minutes into the second half?
“He had a bag of ice on his ankle so you would have to say that might have a part to play. He (Pochettino) might not want to let people know that the guy has got an injury.”
Kane’s substitution meant that Tottenham played the final 25 minutes or so of the game without a recognised striker on the pitch.
That meant that Spurs lacked that cutting edge in attack, which allowed Stoke to push on and get two goals in quick succession.
The way Tottenham capitulated in the final minutes of the game highlighted the need for them to sign a striker this month.