Harry Kane has been on fire for Tottenham, scoring 10 times and assisting 8 more in just 9 appearances to do that all year he needs days off from Vinicius.
There is no question as to who the talisman is for Tottenham. Heung-Min Son may be the best player from Asia now, but Kane is still the best on the team and one of the best on the planet right now. Whether it is scoring goals, burying penalties, or setting up his mates, Kane has been doing it all for a while at Tottenham Hotspur and only injuries have stopped him. Injuries often resulting from being overworked.
Now Tottenham have Vinicius and it is already paying dividends as Kane could sit for 90 minutes and see his side flourish. It is early in the season and already Kane had a muscular concern at the recent England National camp and Southgate was smart enough to rest his star for half of the three matches the Three Lions played. That plan worked until Harry Maguire threw a monkey wrench into it. Regardless, Southgate has lots of options, like the whole of England, whereas until recently Jose Mourinho had few people to turn too, for leading the line as a true striker, now Mourinho has the skills of Carlos Vinicius.
Mourinho Tottenham Rest Kane
Resting Kane is exactly what Mourinho did leaving Harry on the bench for the full 90 minutes against LASK and Vinicius did his part, dishing out two assists in the win. While Tottenham’s other attacking star Heung-Min Son did play, Son has also already missed some games and has far fewer minutes on the season at less than 600. Prior to LASK, Kane had played in all 9 of Tottenham’s game, amassing a then club leading 659 minutes.
Since the LASK match, both Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (692) and Davinson Sanchez (703) have played more minutes now according to transfermarkt.com, but Kane is still third on the club for the season. Had Vinicius not arrived, Kane certainly would have played and probably have gone 90, leaving him with more than a ½ a game of football more than anyone else on the team. Instead, Mourinho and Levy finally got their man with Vinicius and Kane can take a comfortable break.
The ability to sit Kane for all or part of Europa League and Cup matches will pay dividends down the road for Tottenham. The reduced load should help Harry Kane stay fit, sharp, and most importantly healthy. Additionally, the more minutes Vinicius gets with the team, the better he will become growing the options Mourinho has for his attack. Those are all wins for Tottenham Hotspur and most of all Harry Kane. Kane clearly has his sights set on some monster numbers this season, which we all hope leads Spurs to that other long sought-after capture, silverware!