Sebastian Bassong believes that Tottenham are not the same team without Harry Kane as he is a crucial player for that but that doesn’t automatically mean that they are a one-man team.
Harry Kane hasn’t been able to play for England during this international break but Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the Englishman will make it in time for the Premier League clash against Arsenal. Last month, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola suggested Spurs were a one-man team when he listed “the Harry Kane team” alongside Chelsea and Manchester United as their title rivals but Bassong doesn’t agree with that.
The former Spurs defender spoke about Kane’s contribution as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I think it is (essential he plays against Arsenal). He’s their main striker, he’s their goalscorer and he’s like a talisman in the team. Especially in a game like the derby, because he’s a home-grown player and you can add his spirit into the game and that makes it really important that he features in the game.”
Bassong also talked about the way Tottenham play without their number one striker and he admitted that it’s not the same: “Tottenham without Harry Kane is not the same team, it doesn’t mean they’re a one-man team, but he’s playing a big part in the game.”
He also thinks that Harry Kane scores so many goals also because of his teammates and he wouldn’t be able to do so without them: “For Harry Kane to score as many goals as he does he needs to have confidence in his team-mates. The offensive player is going to help you win the game because they are the one scoring goals. The defenders have a job that is just as important, you’re just not under the light as much, what matters the most is the team.”