Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has revealed he thinks Spurs talisman Harry Kane shouldn’t start the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Kane has been out injured since the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City, and is in a race against time to be fit for the showpiece event in Madrid on Saturday.
Tottenham’s No.10 should certainly be fit enough for a place on the bench, but it remains to be seen whether or not Mauricio Pochettino will make the bold call of handing him a place in the starting lineup.
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Speaking to football.london, the former Spurs player and manager said: “I’m hoping that Harry Kane is on the bench. I’d put him on the bench because I think the tempo of the game will be very, very quick at the beginning.
“He’s not going to be 100 per cent fit and that ankle will still have to be strengthened if nothing else. Long-term there’s another scenario he’s got to protect it for.
“I would say every player on that pitch, whatever the scoreline, whether he’s coming on to score a goal or work defensively in the last half hour it’s a boost.”
How demoralising would it be for one of Spurs’ heroes of the semi-final against Ajax to be dropped for the final?
It would be utterly devastating.
When you break the topic down even more, who can Pochettino even drop to accommodate Kane?
There is no way on God’s green earth that Lucas Moura should be dropped after he hit a semi-final hat-trick, so he’s out of the equation.
In behind him, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are crucial to the attack, as too is Son Heung-min, whose three goals against City got them this far in the competition.
Bringing Kane in would severely infuriate one of the aforementioned players, and it would also hamper Spurs should the England international not be 100% fit.
Hoddle’s idea to wait and see how the game is going before potentially chucking the academy graduate on for the final 30 minutes should be Pochettino’s choice of action in this tough selection dilemma.