Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If Kane Believes He's Ready to Play against Arsenal, Then Get Him out There

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If Kane Believes He's Ready to Play against Arsenal, Then Get Him out There

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Byline: Harry Redknapp Read his column every Thursday

HARRY KANE has to play in Sunday's north London derby if he's fit because he can make the difference for Tottenham against Arsenal.

You don't want to risk him breaking down and being out for months on end but if Harry believes he's ready to go then get him out there.

Mauricio Pochettino could always keep him up his sleeve and bring him on with half an hour to go to strike a bit of fear into Arsenal but either way he must be involved somewhere.

In the past, you'd want to get a few reserve games into him behind closed doors to work on his sharpness but players are so fit these days that they can come back firing from a lengthy period out if they show the right attitude in training.

Nobody has to worry about Harry on that score. He'll have been working on his shooting or his speed work after regular training because he lives and breathes football.

David Moyes once told me he couldn't stop Wayne Rooney going to play football in the park with his mates on Saturday nights after playing for Everton earlier in the same day and Harry (below) has the same love for the game.

Some players take it easy and indulge themselves a bit when they are out for a while but Harry is an absolute professional.

As a manager, you don't have to worry about him coming back in the best possible shape -- you'd never see him going out drinking while he can't play.

Spurs have still looked good without him but you can't replace someone like Harry. He was the Premier League's top goalscorer last year and gives the team another 10 per cent on his own.

Harry's such a good finisher and at least one of those draws against West Brom, Bournemouth and Leicester would have been wins had he been around.

He could have been worth four or even six points to them already this season.

The rest will have done him good -- although he isn't the sort of boy to ask for a rest or allow himself to feel tired whatever people are saying about him -- and as long as the medical team give the green light, the temptation to play Harry against Arsenal will surely be too great to resist.

It is very even between the two sides these days. …

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