Tottenham winger Lucas Moura has admitted that the squad are feeling ‘anxious’ over Harry Kane’s transfer situation amid Man City reportedly tabling a substantial £150million bid.
Kane missed Tottenham’s 1-0 Europa Conference League defeat against Pacos de Ferreira but could return on Sunday for Nuno Espirito Santo’s reunion with former side Wolves.
The Portuguese boss was coy when asked about the Euro 2020 star in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday and the chances that we could see him feature at the weekend.
“I cannot answer that. What I can tell you is he’s better. He’s getting his fitness better and better each day,” explained the head coach.
“He worked today, he’s going to work tomorrow and he’s going to join the group on Friday. And on Saturday we’re going to make a decision on who’s going to be involved in the next game.”
The Brazilian attacker was one of the standout performers in Spurs’ 1-0 win on the Premier League opening weekend over Manchester City, and that win itself demonstrated Tottenham’s ability to move on without Kane if required, as pointed out by Dimitar Berbatov.
“The win on Sunday was a great moral boost for the team,” Berbatov said. “There’s a lot going on at the moment with their key player, Harry Kane, but the other players showed that it isn’t a distraction for them. The win will mean nothing unless they continue on the road of winning games and taking points.
“It’s a great start for the new coach and great for the team to get the win against last season’s champions without Kane. City won’t be too bothered with that loss. Yes, it wasn’t ideal, but they know that the season is long and they had a slow start last time out and won it.
“Beating the champions was a statement from the players, it was as if they were saying: ‘Look there is a life after Harry Kane, we can do without him if we need to.’ At the moment, everybody still wants to impress the new coach, to make sure that they are in his plans, this all leads to more pressure on the pitch and more shared responsibility.”
Despite all this optimism surrounding the north Londoners’ immediate future without their 28-year-old potential in their ranks come August 31, Moura has revealed that there is a high level of anxiety around the squad regarding the future of Tottenham’s serial goalscorer.
He told ESPN: “When there’s speculation like that with our best player, our greatest player, who is our reference… of course everyone gets tense, everyone is anxious to see what will happen, what the outcome of this story is.
“But we’re professionals, of course we have great players. Son knows how to do that function very well, as he did [against Man City], yet I really hope he stays with us because he’s an important player.
“If he doesn’t stay, we know we have to focus here, we have to focus on what we have, and we can do a lot of good things too.”
The 29-year-old could be featuring alongside a new striker if Kane was to leave, with Serie A duo Lautaro Martinez and Dusan Vlahovic touted as potential replacements should Kane depart.