Whelan fears devastating Kane blow after what he saw at Tottenham today
Noel Whelan has admitted he fears Tottenham have brought Harry Kane back too quickly from injury after Sunday’s win over West Brom.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Lilywhites’ season could “implode completely” if the centre-forward were to pick up another injury problem from being rushed back.
The 27-year-old made a surprise return to the starting XI against the Baggies and marked his comeback with a well-taken goal 10 minutes into the second half.
Notably, the England international played the full 90 minutes of the game as Jose Mourinho took off Serge Aurier, Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son instead – the former due to injury.
Having lost Kane in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Spurs lost against both Brighton and Chelsea in their talisman’s absence.
Whelan believes there is too much pressure on the homegrown hero’s shoulders and insisted another injury would be devastating for the Lilywhites.
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Whelan told Football Insider: “One player cannot make a team tick, that shouldn’t be the case. I know back in the day a lot did depend on Roy Keane (at Manchester United) but they had different characters in that team.
“They needed him back as quickly as possible but if they’ve rushed him back, then there might be a bigger problem ahead of them.
“If he gets injured again or the same thing happens or he gets tweak in that same area, bringing him back too soon to try and rescue the season, if everything relies on Harry Kane and he gets an injury in the same area, their season could blow up and implode completely.
“We’ve seen that one player seems to be that that shining light and that drive for Tottenham and that can’t happen. There’s so many big personalities in that side that surely somebody’s got to step up and take hold and drive Tottenham forward.
“It doesn’t seem like that, it seems it’s always Harry Kane – it’s always Harry Kane that gets the goals all the pressure and all everything relies on Harry Kane’s shoulders.
“J**** C*****, I feel sorry for Harry Kane if that is how it is, he’s carrying the world on his shoulders for Tottenham and that shouldn’t be the case.”