Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has hit back at critics stating he is not fully match fit, saying he feels good and that his recent slump in goalscoring is just part of the game.
The Spurs superstar injured his ankle earlier this year and was expected to be out of action for around six weeks.
Instead, Tottenham worked miracles to get Kane back on the pitch within three weeks – but he has not looked his devastating self since.
Despite scoring the winning goal against Newcastle on Wednesday night, question marks remain over the centre forward’s conditioning ahead of the World Cup.
Kane has stated that any criticism is unfair and that scoring for Tottenham can come in cycles.
“As a striker you just go through spells throughout the season,” the Daily Mail quote him as saying.
“Sometimes everything you touch turns to gold, sometimes you have to wait on one or two chances.
“Hopefully I can get into a rhythm with England’s friendlies (against Nigeria and Costa Rica) and take that into the World Cup.”
From a Tottenham perspective, it is lightly concerning that Kane has been rushed back and shows the need for a proven alternative to be signed this summer.
Spurs fans will hope that the striker can get back to his best in Russia but the worry is that the centre forward does not get much of a rest before next season.
In my opinion, Mauricio Pochettino could have been more-patient with Kane upon his return and deployed Son Heung-min as the man to lead the Tottenham line in some games.
With our impending move to the new stadium, having Kane fit and firing come the start of next season is a major priority.