Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that star striker Harry Kane could miss the rest of the season after the injury he suffered during the win against Manchester City in the first-leg of the Champions League quarter finals on Tuesday April 9th.
Many pundits have described the injury as a blow to the club’s top four challenge. But according to the stats Spurs have played far better when Kane has been missing from the side this season.
The England striker was out for two months after damaging his ankle in January. During his time on the side-lines Spurs won all five of their Premier League games as well as beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League.
Heung Min-Son in particular flourished in the striker role in his absence with the South Korean forward scoring four goals in four games. Son’s goals dried up after the return of Kane with the forward scoring only twice in his last eight games.
The return of the England striker in late February also coincided with a bad run in which saw Tottenham lost four and drew one of their next five games. The terrible form saw the north London side drop out of the title race as they found themselves fighting tooth and nail to stay in the top four.
Spurs fan Theo speaking after the win over Manchester City said “Heung Min Son had a quality game when Harry Kane gets injured and Heung Min-Son gets to play that striker role he really does excel. And he did really well today - I think he deserves man of the match personally.”
With Kane possibly being worth well more than £100 million in today’s market, could the sale of the 25-year-old striker unleash the South Korean to come out of his shadow? The club are currently in a tough battle for the top four and most see the injury as a blow to their European hopes. But some are left wondering if the injury to the striker could help other players such as Son, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura step up and take responsibility for their side’s goal scoring.