Tottenham finally proved they have the “desire and quality” to perform without Harry Kane in the side against Wolfsberger, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was starting to have doubts over the Spurs squad’s ability to deliver when their attacking talisman was missing.
Goals from Heung-min Son, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius helped seal a 4-1 victory against the Austrian outfit, with Kane rested after his recent injury layoff.
Jose Mourinho revealed at his media conference on Friday that Kane, who recently returned from an ankle injury, should be fit to face West Ham on Sunday.
But he admitted his participation is not guaranteed in the Premier League clash after his troubles.
Whelan told Football Insider: “People have to step up to the plate here, people had to become leaders, you’re not going to have your star all the time.
“Other people need to walk in that shadow and then come out, be a leader out there and show that we’re not a one-man team and they’re not because they’ve got so many stars there.
“You did wonder sometimes, just because Harry wasn’t there, where was their drive, desire and that quality? They did look lost at times out there without Harry Kane, look at Son, he looked lost at times.
“You need people to pick up this mantle and hold it, raise it high and show the manager that you know you can be the top man, you can be that player that can lead them through as well.
“I think Thursday night was a great example that they can do it, it isn’t about the Harry Kane show all the time.
“These players get paid a lot of money, they’ve got to produce performances and when he’s not playing, they need to raise their game and that’s exactly what they did.”
Kane, 27, went off at half-time in the 3-1 loss to Liverpool with an ankle injury and sat out the 1-0 defeats to both Brighton and Chelsea.
He made a goalscoring return to action in the 2-0 win against West Brom, although Spurs still suffered defeats to Everton and Manchester City with him in the side.