Tottenham Hotspur are a team that has really risen to prominence in recent years and the one time ‘cup team’ have been challenging for Premier League honors in the past 2 seasons, and look set to do the same this year. As a gambling man, I always find Spurs a tricky team to back, regardless of how great they look, they always have a bad game in them, especially when the pressure is on. I guess in reality, this is Premier League betting in a nutshell, there really are no dead certs.
Spurs have already shown their flaky side this year after losing from a winning position to Chelsea and drawing against Burnley as the Wembley hoodoo continued. Spurs and their talisman Harry Kane have put together a great run of results of late however and everything was going swimmingly until Kane suffered a hamstring injury last week. With Spurs heading to Old Trafford at the weekend and Real Madrid visiting Wembley on Wednesday, the question for Spurs fans, and regular gamblers, is who will replace those goals that Harry Kane provides?
The rise of Dele Alli has been nothing short of incredible since his move to Spurs from MK Dons in 2015, and he has netted for the Lilywhites 21 times already in 2017. All has had a tough start to the season however, missing key Champions League clashes due to suspension and being deployed in a more defensive role for the club. Pochettino is likely to take the shackles of the young midfielder however and he needs to take his chance to fill in with some goals for the side.
Finding someone to play second fiddle to Kane was not easy but on the last day of the season, Spurs got their man in Llorente, a seasoned professional who knows where the goal is. Llorente dove-tailed very well with Kane at the Bernabeu as Spurs earned a 1-1 draw, but now is the time for Llorente to really show what he is made of. With no goals for Tottenham just yet, the Spanish striker is going to be relied upon heavily to chip in and help the team.
South Korea Son deputized brilliantly for Kane last year and provided some vital goals for Tottenham during Kane’s injury troubles. Son has played intermittently so far this year but once again Tottenham will be hoping that he can add some more goals to his tally, and help the team overcome the goals they will lose from their talisman.
Eriksen’s’ game is about creating goals rather than scoring them but in Kane’s absence, the Danish midfielder will be called upon to do his bit for the side. Eriksen can be deadly from free kick territory, through his long range shooting and his ability to pick up great positions on the edge of the box, Spurs will need Eriksen to be on fine form in the next couple of weeks.
What are your thoughts, do Spurs have enough to survive without Kane? Or will their captain’s absence prove to be a negative turning point in Spurs’ season.