Noel Whelan admits that he is scratching his head over who could fill the boots of Tottenham forward Harry Kane during his absence through injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker and broadcast pundit says he is not sure how Jose Mourinho will be able to cope with the loss of his star striker.

Tottenham confirmed that the English hitman had suffered a tear in his hamstring in their 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day, although they did not give an expected return to fitness.

Whelan questions whether Spurs could dip into the transfer window to cover the setback, suggesting Mourinho does not have the necessary options at his disposal in north London.

Speaking of Kane’s blow, Whelan told Football Insider: “I’d say six weeks, minimum, with a hamstring. You’ve got to be very, very careful. Who does step into his void? There’s no one who can really step into Harry Kane’s boots, he is the best striker in Europe.

“To fill that, especially when you’re needing goals to win you football matches, and Mourinho’s needing every single player to chase down that Champions League spot, it’s a huge blow.

“Can he go into the window, into the market, has he got the money available from Daniel Levy? Not sure, but you’re certainly not going to get a striker of his calibre, that’s for sure. Can Son play through the middle? We’ll have to wait and see but that’s a devastating blow for Tottenham.” 

Kane has scored 17 goals in 25 appearances this season, 11 of those strikes coming in the Premier League.

Mourinho opted to play Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son as his centre forward options against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, the Brazilian finding the net in the 1-1 draw.

In other Tottenham news, Football Insider can reveal a manager at a fellow London club is confident of signing a Spurs player this month.