Jose Mourinho has come to accept that his Tottenam side are simply not the same without “one of the best strikers in the world” in Harry Kane.
Kane had missed the last two and a half games after coming off with an ankle injury at half-time against Liverpool. During that time, things could hardly have gone worse for Spurs with three losses seeing them lose ground in the race for the top four.
However, Kane made a quickfire return and put Spurs on their way to a 2-0 win against West Brom with his 13th Premier League goal of the season. Son Heung-min also found the net to help Tottenham to a much-needed three points.
Kane, who also has 11 assists this season, went joint second in the club’s all-time scorers list with Bobby Smith on 208 goals and is the key man for Mourinho.
“He is one of the best strikers in the world. Period,” Mourinho said. “There is nothing else to say. The team depends a lot on him, we can’t hide that.
“It’s the goals he can score, the assists he can make, the link play he has, that personality that players like that can have and he is always an important influence for us.
“Today I was promising I was not going to speak about individuals because I am so happy with the compromise of the players to win the game and close this negative series of three defeats, but with the question it is hard to run away from it. He is a very important player.”
Mourinho explains hasty Kane return
Kane, who has a history of ankle problems, was expected to be ruled out for a few weeks. However, he came back after only 10 days after successfully making it through training on Saturday.
Mourinho added: “Saturday he was training absolutely fine, perfectly normal. Of course a player of his level has the experience to make his own decision – ‘can I play, can I be on the bench, can I start the game?’
“He was clear, he was ready to do it and he did it without any problem.”