Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could feature against Manchester City on the opening day of the new Premier League season in a shock new twist in this ongoing saga of the summer transfer window…
That’s according to Spurs boss Nuno Santo, who delivered a latest update on the situation to Sky Sports News earlier this week.
The 28-year-old wants to leave the club this summer but returned to their Hotspur Way training base on Saturday and will have to quarantine until Thursday.
Nuno confirmed that he would hold talks with the England international, who claims that his late return to North London was “planned“, before the match.
When asked about Kane’s availability ahead of kick-off, the Portuguese head coach said: “All the players in the squad that work on a daily basis will be options for us, then it’s up to us to decide.”
This will come as a major boost to Nuno and his chances of pulling off a result in his first competitive match in charge of the club.
Despite the absence of Kane, pre-season has gone pretty smoothly for the 47-year-old.
Spurs have seen off plenty of lower league opposition, drawn with Champions League winners Chelsea and beaten arch-rivals Arsenal in their final friendly, but largely they have not faced a test as big as the defending champions, nor have they played with their only senior centre-forward at all in recent weeks.
Last season, Kane was involved in 54.4% of all their league goals scored, led the team for shots per game (3.9) and wasn’t far behind Heung-min Son as the team’s most creative outlet, having managed an average of 1.4 key passes per outing, as per WhoScored.
Furthermore, in each of the past seven top-flight campaigns, the £108m-rated star has found the net at least 17 times, including a career-best of 30 goals in 2017/18, proving to be one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League.
It cannot be disputed that Kane’s potential involvement is not only encouraging but also provides Nuno with one huge boost heading into the opening game.
Whether he can start, due to fitness, remains to be seen, but to have their vice-captain around should help morale around the dressing room – and if he’s needed, he could well provide that cutting edge from the bench.