Pundit hits back at Merson’s claim that Spurs are a ‘one-man team’

Date published: Monday 11th April 2022 1:39 - Joe Williams

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Clinton Morrison has disagreed with Paul Merson’s claim that Spurs are a “one-man team” with Harry Kane in their side.

Tottenham have come alive in recent weeks under Antonio Conte and continued their recent good form with a 4-0 victory on the road at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Spurs have seven of their last nine matches in the Premier League and have scored 28 goals in those games to catapult themselves into fourth place in the table.

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Fourth would provide Spurs with Champions League football next season and Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski have been particularly brilliant in recent weeks.

However, Merson claimed in his Sky Sports column last week that Spurs are a “one-man team” and that without Kane they wouldn’t be where they are in the league.

Merson wrote: “Spurs are the favourites for top four now. When Harry Kane’s playing like he is, I don’t think too many teams are going to beat them. I saw him go to the Etihad and rip Manchester City apart. I saw him rip West Ham apart, I saw him rip Newcastle apart.

“But you take Kane out of the team, top four ain’t happening for Spurs. It’s as simple as that. When he doesn’t turn up at Burnley away, they get beaten. Tottenham are a one-man team and that’s not being disrespectful.

“You could have a Ferrari, but without an engine in the car it ain’t working. He’s the all-round package, and that’s why he’s the best centre-forward in the world, and I’ve said it for a long, long time.”

When Morrison and Jeff Stelling questioned his comments on Sky Sports News’ Soccer Saturday show, Merson said: “Son and Kulusevski play when Kane plays.

“If Kane doesn’t turn up the other two aren’t playing believe me. If Son’s making runs then who’s finding him?”

Morrison hit back: “If Son don’t make the runs then how is Kane going to find him? Who has to make that run behind?”

To which Merson replied: “If Harry Kane doesn’t turn up then Tottenham are winning no game.

“He turns up against Manchester City, nine out of ten they win the game, he turns up against West Ham and Newcastle and win the game.

“He doesn’t show up against Burnley and what happens? They lose.

“I’m not being disrespectful to the other players because you need the team. If you’ve got a Ferrari car you need an engine and he’s the engine.”

Morrison disagreed again but Merson said: “If Harry Kane gets injured, god forbid he doesn’t, then who gets fourth?

Morrison added: “They’re still in it. Arsenal probably would be favourites but it’s not a one-man team.

“I’m saying if he drops into the pockets with his passing who’s going to make the run in there if it’s not Son or Kulusevski.”


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