Alan Hutton feels the return of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min is ‘absolutely massive’ for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, via Football Insider.
The former Spurs star believes the Premier League’s suspension has benefited the Lilywhites in the long run.
Earlier this week, Mourinho told Sky Sports a number of players, including Kane, Son, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko, have recovered from injuries and have returned to first team training.
Their absence led to a slump in form, as the North London club suffered from a string of poor results prior to the season being suspended.
Speaking exclusively to assistant editor Russell Edge, Hutton claims the postponement has been “absolutely massive – we’ve spoken about it a lot about the injury crisis that Tottenham had and they did, we seemed to be talking about it week in, week out.
“They were in dire straits a lot of the same, especially with Kane being injured, they didn’t really have that focal point, that person that was there that you knew was going to score goals, it was a real struggle.
“It looks like with all these players back, Mourinho’s going to have a headache, a good headache, of who to pick. You’ve got the likes of Bergwijn who showed flashes of brilliance as well.
“Going forward, I hate saying this because something so bad has helped Tottenham, it’s given them that little bit of time, that little bit of breathing space to get these players back. I think Mourinho will be very happy to see those guys back in training.”
Kane has been out of action since the defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day after sustaining a hamstring injury. This required surgery and he has finally been declared fully fit again ahead of a possible Premier League return behind closed doors next month.
This will no doubt be a huge boost for the Spurs head coach, as the club captain has scored 11 goals and created 2 assists in just 20 games in the Premier League. Moreover, the Lilywhites only won won three games in the league as he sat on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Son is the club’s second-highest goalscorer this season, bagging nine goals and creating seven assists in the English top flight, taking three shots per game, averaging more than one key pass and successfully completing at least two dribbles per match on average (via WhoScored).
Mourinho’s side are currently eighth in the table, and the attacking duo will surely be looking to lift the team into the Champions League qualification places in the coming weeks.
The delay in fixtures has allowed ample time for the stars to recover ahead of a busy schedule, and fans will be hoping they can fire on all cylinders as Spurs look to battle for a spot in European football next season.
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