Craig Bellamy believes that Spurs should rest Harry Kane for a few weeks to avoid injury as the England striker isn’t fully fit and is risking injury by playing.
Liverpool travel to London this weekend to face Tottenham in an early test of their title credentials.
As you would imagine, Harry Kane is a man the Reds will be worried about given his prowess in front of goal but the Englishman has looked rusty since the start of the Premier League season.
Like other players that travelled to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Kane hasn’t looked as sharp as he did last season and Craig Bellamy thinks Mauricio Pochettino needs to rest him to avoid losing him to injury.
“One thing I love about Harry Kane is his hunger and his motivation,” he said. “He was after top goalscorer, he wanted to beat Salah. He would have rushed his injury back, he seems like that type of kid. He wants the goals.
“He would have had little time off (after the World Cup), but in his own head, believes: I’ve got to go in and hit the ground running. I’ve got to sort this August out because that might have cost me the golden boot last year, I have to make sure I’m playing first couple of games of the season.”
“It’s difficult for Mauricio Pochettino,” he added, speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate. “I love him as a manager, but he should have said ‘I am not using you, you need time off to rest, I am not going to use you for the next two or three games, so go on holiday, freshen up, because I want you for the rest of the season.’
“But he has had a couple of weeks off after the World Cup, come back into training and then straight into games. He’s gone straight into Premier League games with high intensity, and he is nowhere near that level with his lack of training and conditioning.
“Something has to give because nature will take its course and Kane will get injured. If he carries on at this rate, with his lack of freshness – which makes him more high risk and vulnerable to injury – the decision will get made for Spurs and England where he could miss a couple of months with injury.
“He will get his rest then but it will be the wrong rest. He needs time off, he needs to stay away for a couple of weeks.”