Noel Whelan has claimed the postponement of the Premier League could work in favour of Tottenham and be a key time for Tanguy Ndombele to “realise what it’s all about”.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the suspension of fixtures may also allow for Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min to play the remainder of the campaign.
The Premier League, along with the FA and EFL announced on Friday that all action would be postponed until April 4 – at the minimum.
Spurs have been without a recognised striker since Son fractured his arm against Aston Villa last month.
When asked if the postponement of games could prove advantageous for Jose Mourinho, Whelan told Football Insider: “It will benefit them because they have got a lot of work to do. They are looking pretty bare-boned at the moment when it comes to players. They look out of ideas as well.
“On many fronts, this break is probably pretty good for Tottenham and gives them some time to get a few things ironed out and a few players realising what it is all about – Ndombele for one. It gives them a lot more opportunity and chance in qualifying for the Champions League, absolutely.
“Any team with those two players in would fancy their chances. It is whether Kane is going to be up to speed and firing on all cylinders like he normally is when he is in the groove. Players with that amount of ability and quality are always a threat.”
Kane has been sidelined since New Year’s Day after rupturing a tendon in his hamstring away to Southampton.
Prior to the postponement, Mourinho told the club website the England captain would be available for “three, four or five matches” but the outbreak of COVID-19 means – if the season is resumed – Kane will likely be fit for it all.
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