Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho warned about making same mistake Sir Alex Ferguson did
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been warned that if he rushes Harry Kane back into action before he’s ready, he’ll make the same mistake as Sir Alex Ferguson did during his tenure at Manchester United.
Kane started up front as Tottenham beat West Brom 2-0 on Sunday, bagging the first goal of the game.
His selection came as a surprise to many, as he had suffered an ankle injury just over a week earlier against Liverpool.
It had been feared he would miss a significant amount of game time, and Spurs struggled without him.
During his ten-day absence, Tottenham played twice and lost twice, suffering 1-0 defeats against Brighton and Chelsea.
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With their top-four challenge dwindling, Mourinho brought Kane back into the side to face West Brom, starting him up front in a strong line-up.
But the Spurs boss has been warned he’s at risk of making the same mistake as Ferguson did with Roy Keane.
During the 2005-06 season, Ferguson rushed Keane back to action after the midfielder had suffered a hamstring injury.
As a result of Keane not being ready, he limped off against Liverpool with a broken foot – missing two months of the campaign.
Speaking to Football Insider, former Premier League star Noel Whelan explained that Mourinho has to be careful about being too over-reliant on Kane, saying: One player cannot make a team tick, that shouldn’t be the case.
“I know back in the day a lot did depend on Roy Keane (at Manchester United) but they had different characters in that team.
“They needed him back as quickly as possible but if they’ve rushed him back, then there might be a bigger problem ahead of them.
“If he gets injured again or the same thing happens or he gets tweak in that same area, bringing him back too soon to try and rescue the season, if everything relies on Harry Kane and he gets an injury in the same area, their season could blow up and implode completely.
“We’ve seen that one player seems to be that that shining light and that drive for Tottenham and that can’t happen.
“There’s so many big personalities in that side that surely somebody’s got to step up and take hold and drive Tottenham forward.
“It doesn’t seem like that, it seems it’s always Harry Kane – it’s always Harry Kane that gets the goals all the pressure and all everything relies on Harry Kane’s shoulders.
“J**** C*****, I feel sorry for Harry Kane if that is how it is, he’s carrying the world on his shoulders for Tottenham and that shouldn’t be the case.”
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