Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho sent Mauricio Pochettino demand over Harry Kane injury

Tottenham: Mourinho points to fragile confidence after loss

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho must find a successful way of playing without Harry Kane, like Mauricio Pochettino did during his time at the club, according to former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara. Kane suffered an ankle injury during the first half of last Thursday’s 3-1 loss at home to reigning champions Liverpool.

Kane missed the trip to Brighton on Sunday, where Spurs were perhaps fortunate to only lose 1-0.

The England captain is not expected to be out for a sustained period of time, to the relief of Mourinho.

However, O’Hara says Mourinho must have a plan B for when Kane is unavailable, claiming Pochettino had that during his tenure.

“Harry Kane gets injured at this point of the season, every season, we know that and Spurs fans have got used to it,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.

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“When Pochettino lost Harry Kane, we coped. We managed to get through games, Son [Heung-min] came into his own and scored goals, other players like Lucas Moura stepped up to the plate. We dealt with not having him.

“But with Jose Mourinho, when Kane doesn’t play it’s literally like we have absolutely nothing else to offer. There’s no plan B on how we’re going to get through games.

“Watching that light night, you’d say we’re a complete one-man band. Even Son looks lost without Harry Kane playing now.

“You’ve got to have an idea of what you’re going to do when you haven’t got Kane, because he gets injured and you have to be able to deal with it.

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“Pochettino dealt with it. He got Spurs to the Champions League final without Harry Kane.

“But Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem to know how to get the best out of the team when he’s not playing.”

Defeat to Brighton left Spurs in sixth in the Premier League table, six points off the top four.

And O’Hara says he cannot see them finishing in the Champions League qualification places unless Mourinho makes big chances.

“I can’t see that happening based on the performances we’re watching at the minute,” he added.

“They’re miles off where they need to be. I can’t see Spurs getting in the top four at all. No chance.

“They were so bad against Brighton, completely devoid of ideas, it was almost desperation time for the whole of the game, there was no game plan, a lack of confidence, a lack of an edge.

“It was a shocking performance. Abysmal.

“We won’t make the top four this season. The only way this season will be classed as a success is if we win the League Cup and beat Man City, who are probably one of the best teams if not the best team in the world right now.

“If we don’t win that cup final and we’re still playing this badly in the league, that’s when the huge questions are going to be asked over whether this is really the right man to take the club forward.”

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