On January 28th, Spurs hosted Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, only to lose 3-1 to Jurgen Klopp’s men. The Londoners conceded three times to a club that hadn’t scored in the league this year. But it wasn’t the result that was the biggest worry for Jose Mourinho’s men. Double golden boot winner Harry Kane took knocks to both his ankles and came off injured at half time. Today we’re going to look at how Tottenham could line up in Kane’s absence.
This is probably the easiest solution for Jose Mourinho. He would still have some firepower from Son, Ndombele, and (provided they come off the bench) Bale and Lucas. Vinicius would just slot in the number 9 area.
The only problem with this is, Vinicius has had limited game time since moving from Benfica. Most of his minutes have come in the Europa League. How would he adapt to the intensity of the Premier League? Even more so, with hard games against Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester City coming up, how will Vinicius cope?
Also, they could put out a 3-4-3 formation. Fullbacks Reguilion and Aurier would push a bit higher up the pitch. The starting XI would stay the same as the previously mentioned 4-2-3-1, apart from Rodon coming in, rather than Winks. However, would this work? This is the same formation they did against Liverpool on Thursday, and it didn’t work.
In the last few years in the times of Mauricio Pochettino, Son or Lucas got pushed up front. You’d think if he was in the Tottenham dugout this season, he’d consider doing the same with Bale. But would Jose Mourinho do that with the Welshman? Or would he rather play Son or Lucas up front? I think he’d rather play Son up front.
In the few games that Vinicius has played in, Vinicius has seemed to form a good chemistry with another Brazilian. Vinicius and Lucas Moura have set up each other’s goals a lot this season. It shows that the Brazilian friends can step up and do what Kane and Son do. As Kane is injured, should Lucas take Bergwijn’s place in the starting XI?
If you were Jose, what would you do? Because their best man is injured for weeks. Nobody knows for sure what Mourinho will do. But he and Spurs have do it all, without Kane.
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