Fulham vs Tottenham
Fulham host Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Spurs travel to Craven Cottage looking to return to winning ways.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men lost 1-0 at Wembley last weekend to Manchester United.
As for Fulham, can Claudio Ranieri keep the Cottagers in the top flight?
Fulham are second bottom of the division with 14 points.
Heading into the Spurs game, Fulham are already seven points behind fourth-bottom Newcastle.
Harry Kane & Man United’s ‘perfect scenario’
In his weekly column in the Sunday Times, Graeme Souness has analysed the impact of Harry Kane’s injury for Spurs.
Tottenham’s star striker could be out of action until March after suffering ankle ligament damage against Man United last week.
Souness, latching onto the negatives, believes Kane’s injury may torpedo Tottenham’s season.
Further, Souness accuses Spurs over poor planning in failing to recruit a plan B for Kane.
And how will this affect Man United, who won a seventh game in a row on Saturday against Brighton?
Souness believes the Red Devils can catch Spurs in the race for a Champions League berth:
Tottenham didn’t sign anybody last summer and it has come back to bite them big time.
Kane’s injury could put a line through their season. They will be looking over their shoulders now, worrying if they will qualify for the Champions League.
For (Man) United, this is the perfect scenario: their main rivals for fourth place losing their most influential player. Everything is at risk now.
Tottenham are not a team that are used to winning trophies, so they could start to feel sorry for themselves.
When you’re not scoring goals and winning games that gnaws at the confidence of the whole team, and it’s not just Kane’s goals they will miss because he’s so much more than that.
What Souness failed to consider
Souness made sure to place Kane on a pedestal in his op-ed.
The Scot claimed that Kane is the third most influential striker in world football behind Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo:
(Kane’s) a bigger influence than Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain and has probably moved past Luis Suarez. Any team would miss him, but any other big club would have a better replacement for him.
Yet Souness failed to discuss what player Tottenham could have signed as a back up to Kane.
Which top-level striker would have been happy to join Spurs last summer knowing that they’d be sitting on the bench unless Kane was injured?