West Ham United captain Mark Noble feels that Harry Kane cannot continue playing the number of games he has without it catching up to him.
The England skipper was involved in both matches over the international break and, despite producing an inspired showing against Spain on Monday, Noble is worried about him.
“Seriously, though, it’s frightening when you look at how much football Harry Kane has played in recent months,” he wrote in the London Evening Standard. “It will catch up with them for sure, probably around the Christmas period which is hectic.
“Their manager is good with that, giving them some time off when he can, but it’s a Catch 22 situation because Harry is so driven, he wants to score goals and be involved so he doesn’t want to miss out on games.”
You have to admit that Noble has a point here. He might be trying to get into the opposition’s head a little bid ahead of the team’s clash at the London Stadium on Saturday, but everything he said makes perfect sense. Kane has played almost every game for Tottenham for the last few years now, and was involved up until the third place play off at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. He’s played just as often for the club this time out, too, and was a key figure in both of England’s UEFA Nations League games this past week. As Noble says, it will eventually catch up with the 25-year-old. But Kane wants to play as much as he can. He’s driven and he wants to break every goalscoring record there is. He will have been driven mad by Mohamed Salah beating him to the Golden Boot last season and won’t want that to happen again. So he’ll be telling Mauricio Pochettino he can play every game, but the striker will definitely experience fatigue at some point.