Martin Keown offers surprising opinion on how Tottenham would cope without Harry Kane

Martin Keown believes Tottenham would find a way to win without Harry Kane - but thinks Leicester will struggle without Jamie Vardy.

Pundit and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Tottenham would manage to win games even without Harry Kane.

Spurs coasted to another impressive win on Monday evening, as they hammered Stoke City 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium, with striker Kane adding two more goals to his tally.

The England international, still just 22, has hit 24 league goals this season in another stunning campaign, following on from his 23 league goals last season.

Kane has performed admirably this season having largely carried the goalscoring burden on his own, given that Tottenham have little to no depth behind up front, unless they play a winger like Son Heung-min or Nacer Chadli in attack.

That reliance on Kane has led many to believe that, if Kane was injured or suspended, Tottenham would struggle massively, as they have no ready-made replacement for him - but Martin Keown doesn't agree.

Keown has told the Daily Mail that, if Kane wasn't in the Spurs team for whatever reason, they would still manage to find a way to win games - a surprising point of view given that Kane's possible absence been widely seen as a real problem for Tottenham.

Keown also suggested that the suspension of Jamie Vardy could be a huge issue for Leicester City, as they can't deal with the absence of their star striker like Spurs can; which could of course open the door for Tottenham to catch Leicester at the top of the table.

"If you were to take Harry Kane out of the Tottenham team, I think they’d still find a way to get the job done," said Keown. "I’m not sure this is the case with Vardy and Leicester. He’s so integral to the way they play and everything they do, and of course he puts the ball in the net so regularly it’s frightening."

"There was always going to be a point in the season when Vardy missed a game, and now it’s arrived. I’m interested to see how Ranieri handles it," he added.

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