How will this latest injury have affected Harry Kane when he returns to action?

24 Mar 2020 12:37 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Look down through the list of all-time Premier League top scorers, and you’ll see Harry Kane in 13th place on 136 goals. When you think about it, it’s a remarkable achievement. Given that Kane only really burst onto the scene in the 2014-15 campaign, in less than six seasons he has risen to become one of the top goal-getters in the history of the English top flight. At only 26 years old, the Tottenham Hotspur striker has every chance of surpassing Alan Shearer’s record of 260 Premier League goals – he is already more than halfway there.

But despite his scoring prowess in recent seasons, the 2019-20 campaign has not exactly been one to remember for Kane. He had only managed 11 goals in the Premier League, a low total by the Englishman’s usual high standards, prior to suffering a torn hamstring in January. Injury came at the worst possible time, curtailing the striker’s season and making him a doubt for Euro 2020, in which England were favourites in the football betting odds, although the tournament has since been pushed back a year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The question remains, however, over what effect this latest injury will have on Kane. He has suffered from setbacks in the past, but perhaps none as serious as this. Such a long lay-off can have an effect on a striker, both physically and mentally. Kane is a player whose mentality has always been one of his greatest assets, but the physical toll of such a long-term injury will undoubtedly play a part.

Speed is one attribute that Kane has never had in abundance, and this injury could further reduce his pace. He is more of a traditional number nine, blessed with an acute sense of positioning and a remarkable talent for finishing. While you would expect those abilities to be fully restored with time, a spell away from the pitch can often leave a striker struggling to recreate the magic of times gone by.

There is also the fact that Tottenham have been struggling for form in Kane’s absence. Manager José Mourinho will be desperate to get the England man back into his starting XI as soon as possible, and this will ramp up the pressure on Kane to deliver when he does return to action. It’s important that Spurs don’t rush him back too quickly, as yet more injuries would only leave both club and player in dire straits, while England’s chances would suffer in the Euro betting tips.

So far in his career, Kane has always recovered from injury with trademark aplomb, almost instantly recovering his form and scoring goals once again. But there are only so many injuries a striker can take before he begins to lose that sharpness, both physically and in front of goal. Fernando Torres’ injury woes should be something of a cautionary tale for Kane. For those few seasons at Liverpool, Torres was one of the finest forwards in Europe, but as the injuries mounted, his touch began to desert him, and the Spaniard never hit the same heights again.

Kane is all set to go down in the history books as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever strikers, if not the best. The hope for everyone is that he can achieve such a feat before injuries make it a sad impossibility.