Tottenham star Kane denies claims of World Cup burnout

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has denied he is in need of a rest following a second consecutive defeat for the North London side, in comments published by The Mirror.

What’s the word?

Having started the season with three consecutive victories, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have seen their work undone following back-to-back defeats against Watford and Liverpool either side of September’s international break.

The Lilywhites performed abysmally during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and star-striker Harry Kane again struggled for form, adding further fuel to the firing debate surrounding the fitness of the England skipper.

Kane, who featured twice for the Three Lions during the international break, has entered the season on the back of a lengthy World Cup campaign and has played in all of Spurs’ five games so far this season. However, he is quoted by The Mirror as stating he does not need a rest.

What was said?

“People are always going to look for stuff, especially when you are a big part of the team and someone who is there to get the goals.

“As a team we can all do better and as the striker you get spoken about more, but I feel sharp and fit and if I wasn’t the manager would not be picking me.

“He believes in me, I believe in myself and hopefully I can score a couple of goals on Tuesday and it will be put to bed.”

What should be done?

With Tottenham facing a stern test in the Champions League against Inter Milan on the San Siro on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino cannot really afford to rest the forward for the trip to Italy – but a break certainly needs to be considered for Kane.

While many other players who featured late on in the World Cup earned a rest during the opening weeks of the campaign, including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who has hit five goals in three games after being utilised only as a substitute in the opening two weekends, Kane was immediately thrust into action.

The 25-year-old has completed 90 minutes in three matches this season, while only being substituted in the 89th minute in the other two games against Fulham and Manchester United – which is starting to look like a problem.

With Spurs tackling Brighton and Huddersfield up next in the Premier League, either side of a Carabao Cup clash with Watford, Pochettino must use this run of fixtures as a chance to rest his star man.