Following just three short weeks away from the team after his third injury to his right ankle in 18 months, Harry Kane returned to help Tottenham beat Watford 2-0 on 30th April. But with more upcoming fixtures and the World Cup in Russia in June, what do the next few months have in store for Tottenham’s golden boy?
After a collision with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic reignited Kane’s ongoing injury woes, the Tottenham striker took three weeks away from the Spurs first team. A short time to recover for anybody, but with Kane taking time off for similar injuries before, his return to the pitch against Watford on 30th April was a source of anxiety for Spurs.
The team and its fans had little to worry about though, with Kane scoring the final goal of the game in the 68th minute, his 27th of the season, after teammate Dele Alli scored in the opening 20 minutes.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2018
Kane is arguably not back to full strength yet, with his average speed over the match being one of his slowest of the season coupled with several less than perfect moments, including an unfortunate slip. But his determination in getting up and regaining his composure enough to score a goal soon after his fall belies a player that has it well within his ability to find his feet in upcoming fixtures.
With the World Cup looming next month, England manager Gareth Southgate is counting on it, with him hoping for Kane to play an integral role in the national squad. In a recent interview, Kane said he would be ‘extremely proud’ to wear the armband if selected, having worn it four times previously, and is a favourite if Southgate opts to give one of his players the role full time. The fact that both men are considering this a viable position for Kane further suggests the striker will be back to full tilt in the coming months.
Pochettino on that FA Cup tweet about Harry Kane:
“For me it was embarrassing and it was a shame because the FA is English football, and a potential captain at the World Cup, Harry Kane. It was difficult to understand, very very difficult.”#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/AvVfm3pF16
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) April 27, 2018
Before all that however, is Spurs’ pivotal match against West Bromwich Albion.
Following a run of good form, the opposing side is in high spirits. But with Kane predicted to play while only a few goals behind Liverpool’s Mo Salah in the Golden Boot race and the opportunity to put a serious dent in Chelsea’s Champions League hopes with a win, Tottenham won’t be willingly conceding anything to the Baggies.
Following the drama of the World Cup and the final few games of the season, comes the issue of transfers. Kane himself has yet to be linked definitively to any other team, and its too early to suggest anyone concrete, but rumours that Spurs are looking for another keystone striker could bring dividends for the club. With the hole that an absent Kane leaves highlighted by his recent injury, having another player to take on some of the pressure of upfront duties and compliment his playing style could improving his performance in the 2018/19 season.
It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the beleaguered striker, but following a few games with a team that trusts him enough to give him the opportunity to get better, playing on the world stage in Russia and a fresh start in the new season, the next few months look to be a much-deserved return to form for Harry Kane.