Premier League

Harry Kane’s injury could be good news for Tottenham’s 25-year-old World Cup hopeful

The Tottenham Hotspur fans were delighted in the Transfer Tavern on Sunday afternoon after they watched their side record a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth at Wembley, however, the injury collected by Harry Kane has given them genuine cause for concern. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s side recovered from their Champions League heartache last weekend and came back from behind to record a comprehensive victory over the travelling Cherries courtesy of a brace from Heung-Min Son and further goals from Dele Alli and Serge Aurier. Although the scoreline slightly flattered The Lilywhites, they thoroughly deserved their win.

However, the fact that Kane had to be substituted in the 34th minute due to an ankle injury understandably dampened the spirits of the supporters who cannot express his importance highly enough. Kane’s injury arrives at an awkward time for Tottenham as they head into a defining period of the season which could make or break their bid to finish inside the top-four, but on an individual level, Lucas Moura could benefit from Kane’s absence.

Although Pochettino will be reluctant to start Fernando Llorente considering the lack of conviction which has characterised his performances so far this season, he will presumably be forced to place his trust in the Spaniard to lead the line due to a lack of alternative options. The enforced change will naturally encourage Pochettino to re-think his overall strategy with a different player at the spearhead of his attack.

Llorente’s strengths predominantly lie within his ability to play as a target man, which should ultimately lead to an increase in first-team involvement for Lucas Moura due to the 25-year-olds quality in wide positions. Since joining from Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino has used Lucas rather sporadically, but his opportunities should increase if Spurs wish to get the best out of Llorente whilst he deputises for the inured Kane at centre-forward.

Lucas’ chances of making Brazil’s World Cup squad are about as slim as they come after spending the majority of the season on the sideline, but a late bid to earn selection for Russia could be on the cards if he can cement his place in the first-team during the final weeks of the season.

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