Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp thinks the best way for Spurs to move forward without the injured Harry Kane is to either change formation or find an in-house solution to solve their striking issues.
Kane is expected to be out for the foreseeable future, with Jose Mourinho recently speculating that he could even miss the European Championships in the summer. However, speaking on Sky Sports’ The Transfer Show, Redknapp feels Spurs should resist the temptation to replace Kane with a new signing in the January window.
He said: “I love Harry, what a player. But they got away with it last year. [Heung-min] Son, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, managed to find a way of playing. They got to the Champions League final. A lot of teams nowadays play without a central striker. I don’t think I would dive in now and take somebody who, in three months’ time, is going to have to sit on the bench and will be surplus to requirements. If I was Jose, I think I would sit tight.
“They have unearthed a young kid out of the reserves this week who came in and played all across the back four – he’s been great. I am sure there might be another one there, who they might want to give a chance to.”
Do Spurs need to sign serious competition for Harry Kane?
In fairness to Redknapp, it may be a tricky sell for Spurs to offer someone a starting place which, in all probability, will be non-existent once Kane is back to full fitness, with the England striker playing every minute in the Premier League when he has been fit.
That said, that doesn’t mean Spurs necessarily have the resources to directly replace from within – and given the likes of Troy Parrott, for example, have not been given a first-team berth following Kane’s absence, it does not appear to be a viable option for Mourinho at present.
And having reached the Champions League final last season without their main man up top, perhaps the tried-and-tested route that Redknapp suggests is perhaps Mourinho’s best chance of delivering success with this current Tottenham side this year.
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