Sam Allardyce has urged Tottenham Hotspur to resist the urge to play Harry Kane in the Champions League final, per TalkSport.
Kane has been injured since the quarter-final first leg against Manchester City and subsequently missed the dramatic finish to the tie at the Etihad Stadium, as well as the nigh-on miraculous comeback against Ajax in the semi-finals.
He could be fit to play in the final, however, when Spurs take on Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.
But Allardyce, who briefly managed Kane as England boss, does not believe Mauricio Pochettino should risk the striker.
He said: “Would I put him in? No.
“All those games he’s been missing… for me, he would be a great sub.
“You would have a very upset Harry Kane but if it’s best for the team, it’s best for the team.
“When you’re injured for that period of time, having not had a game or that much training, I know the lads are a lot fitter now, but he’s bound to be a touch rusty.
“Tottenham fans will give me some stick, but I’m only thinking from my professional point of view as a manager.
“But it depends on how Pochettino sees him and how his fitness is.”
This could be a masterstroke from Pochettino if he follows Allardyce’s advice.
Kane is, of course, a world-class striker and he walks into any team in Europe but he simply hasn’t been playing football.
Starting with Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura as the main attacking weapons adds both flair and pace and Kane as an impact sub could have a phenomenal psychological effect on both Spurs and Liverpool.
If the scores are locked level in the second half, or if Pochettino’s men are narrowly behind, bringing the England captain off the bench could swing momentum in Tottenham’s favour.
Just this once, Allardyce may have got it spot on.