Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham to resist the temptation to sign a new striker this month despite Harry Kane’s injury.
Kane is set to be sidelined until April after undergoing surgery on a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring. A leading surgeon has even raised the possibility of the England captain missing Euro 2020, which of course would rule Kane out for the rest of the club season – read more here.
Since the news of Kane’s lay-off, Spurs have been linked with a number of strikers. The Sun claims there is interest in AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, Porto’s Ze Luis and even Fernando Llorente, who is finding game time hard to come by at Napoli.
But Redknapp, who had a number of options up front – though none as good as Kane – during his time as Tottenham manager, thinks his former club should trust the likes of Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli to provide the goals during Kane’s absence.
“I love Harry, what a player,” Redknapp told The Transfer Show on Sky Sports.
“But they got away with it last year [when Kane was out from early April until the end of the season].
“[Heung-Min] Son, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, managed to find a way of playing. They got to the Champions League final.
“A lot of teams nowadays play without a central striker.
“I don’t think I would dive in now and take somebody who, in three months time, is going to have to sit on the bench and will be surplus to requirements.
“If I was Jose, I think I would sit tight.
“They have unearthed a young kid out of the reserves this week [Japhet Tanganga], who came in and played all across the back four – he’s been great.
“I am sure there might be another one there, who they might want to give a chance to.
“Chelsea have done it – there are lots of talented kids out there and they just need a chance to play.”
It’s difficult to agree with Redknapp given the importance of Llorente last season and the fact Tottenham are currently struggling for goals. The arrival of a capable back-up for Kane has been a long time coming – hopefully the club can make it happen this month.