Harry Kane will ponder future if Jose Mourinho plays defensively: Dimitar Berbatovjuin 23, 2020
Harry Kane will have a decision to make about his future if Tottenham continue to play as defensively as they did on Friday night against Manchester United, says former Spurs and United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Kane made his comeback following over five months out of action in the 1-1 draw against United, in Tottenham’s first Premier League game back during the restart.
The 26-year-old striker himself was largely anonymous throughout though and with manager Jose Mourinho known for his defensive philosophy, Berbatov could understand if Kane was frustrated on Friday, and warned the England captain to consider his future if that style of play continues.
Harry Kane played 90 minutes against Manchester United but struggled to influence the game
Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov explained why the team’s style of play did not suit Kane
‘Friday wasn’t a good game for Harry Kane, but it was his first game back after a long injury so you expect something like this to happen,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘I’ve seen people mention when Spurs are playing more defensively Harry Kane doesn’t make the same impact that people expect. He doesn’t score as much and he doesn’t get many opportunities on goal, that is always going to be the case when you play defensively.
‘Spurs have their manager and he decides what approach they take, that will probably depend on which team they are against, sometimes it will be more defensive and sometimes it will be more open.’
Kane was featuring for the first time on Friday since injuring his hamstring on New Year’s Day against Southampton.
Kane was featuring for the first time since injuring his hamstring on New Year’s Day
The England captain has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season, but Berbatov feels as though Kane cannot influence the game as much as he would like if Spurs continue to play defensively.
‘If it is more defensive, then as a striker it will be irritating because you want to attack and if you are defending all the time then it will affect your game, your mood and you mind,’ Berbatov adds.
‘I have spoken many times about Harry Kane’s situation, if he should stay or go, it is his decision to take but if they are playing more defensively and he doesn’t get many opportunities to score then it will definitely be on his mind.
‘He will have a decision to make, if he doesn’t score the media and the fans will be on his back.’