Date: 10th April 2019 at 12:03pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela need to “wake up” and deliver the goods for Tottenham amid fears Harry Kane will miss the rest of the season, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United and Coventry City striker claims England and Spurs talisman Kane was carrying too big a burden before he suffered his fifth ankle in three years on Tuesday night.

Kane left Tottenham’s new stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his left ankle following a rash challenge on Fabian Delph in the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

It is the second time he has injured his left ankle this season, after he missed seven matches in January and February with ligament damage, and the top scorer’s absence will provide more chances for the likes of Moura and Lamela.

Forward Moura, who has scored just once since December, replaced Kane in the 58th minute against City, while attacking midfielder Lamela, who has not scored since November, missed the match through injury.

“It’s high time they step up and wake up,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “There has been too much pressure on Kane. He must have the weight of the world on his shoulders at times. He appears to thrive on being the main man and lives for scoring goals, but he carries too much of a burden.

“Lamela and Moura started the season well but have gone missing in recent months. [Christian] Eriksen needs to step up, he has the quality, and Son has to share the load. Tottenham have quality players, but it seems to be all down to Kane sometimes.”

In Kane’s absence earlier this year, Spurs won four straight League games and beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League last-16 first leg, with Tuesday night match-winner Son Heung-min scoring four times during that period.
But they also crashed out of both domestic cups.

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