Harry Kane

Can Tottenham Hotspur cope without Harry Kane versus Chelsea

Sky Sports have carried out analysis on how Tottenham Hotspur have coped without Harry Kane in the past with the striker set to miss Sunday’s London derby against Chelsea through injury.

During Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth on the South Coast three weeks ago, the 24-year-old was seen clutching his ankle following a collision with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, with the player subsequently being diagnosed with ligament damage.

Despite making significant progress in his rehabilitation, Kane looks set to remain sidelined for the club’s most important remaining fixture of the Premier League season.

Coping without Kane

Harry Kane

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides second goal and his 100th Premier League goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Twice last season Tottenham were without their talisman, with the striker having suffered a recurrence of the same ankle injury.

Subsequently, Kane missed seven Premier League matches with large concern as to whether Mauricio Pochettino’s side would adjust in order to cope without him.

However, according to Sky Sports, per 90 minutes, Tottenham averaged more goals (2.3), more shots in total (17.5) and more shots on target (6.7).

In his absence, Heung-min Son and Vincent Janssen were called upon, with Son starting in six, scoring four, whilst Janssen started on four occasions, scoring once.

This time around, the South Korean is likely to yet again be the man to fill the void, with Fernando Llorente unable to break into Tottenham’s line-up this season.

Potential line-up vs Chelsea without Kane

Tottenham predicted line-up vs Chelsea

Chelsea vs Tottenham preview

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball while under pressure from Willian of Chelsea and Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

2018 has so far been a tough year for Antonio Conte, with his Chelsea side sliding out of both the top-four and Europe.

The West Londoners are currently sat 5th in the Premier League and must make up a five-point gap on Spurs as they attempt to qualify for Champions League football next season.

Over recent years, Chelsea have proven just how much this fixture means to them, with the Blues always managing to find a way to frustrate Spurs, whatever their form and Sunday is likely to be no exception.

Last season, this fixture helped Chelsea to build the foundations to go on and clinch the Premier League title ahead of Tottenham.

This time, avoiding defeat for Spurs is a must in order to prevent a late surge for the top-four from the Blues.

1990 was the year Spurs last won at the Bridge – a period in which has seen them endure 18 defeats and nine draws.

Read 101 Great Goals’ full match preview here.

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