'It's not just Harry': Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez disregards one-man team label

Brian Heffernan February 9, 2021
'It's not just Harry': Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez disregards one-man team label
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Davinson Sanchez has denied that Tottenham Hotspur are over-reliant on Harry Kane after some critics gave them a ‘one-man team’ label, according to the Daily Star.

Sanchez has said that there are other players in Spurs’ squad that are also important this season and that it’s not just Kane that Jose Mourinho can rely on.

The Colombian centre-back told the Daily Star: “It’s not just Harry. We have a lot of internationals to keep helping us this season.

“Of course he is England captain, he is a captain for us and a leader and all the other players also need to be that way.

“He has a lot of experience and we look up to him. We look to him to help keep pushing the team, to make sure he pushes all of us.”

Undeniably, when looking at goals, Spurs are very top-heavy with just two players leading the way.

Kane has 13 goals in the league, the exact same as South Korean international Son Heung-Min.

The Englishman also has 11 assists, which is close to double what Son has managed, getting just six so far this season.

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Kane – the irreplaceable Englishman

When looking at Spurs’ options for centre-forwards, you start to realise that the Lilywhites have no obvious and proven replacement for Kane.

Apart from Son, nobody else is even close to scoring the number of goals the Englishman can produce.

The closest player to Kane and Son is Tanguy Ndombele on three goals, which is a huge drop compared to the two forwards.

Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura could both play as a centre-forward if needed, however, the pair have just two league goals to their names combined.

Football is obviously a team game, so the lack of goals from his Spurs teammates doesn’t exactly make Sanchez incorrect – but it does raise concerns for the future.

Should Kane decide to leave, an immediate and like-for-like replacement would certainly be necessary.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.