Mourinho not able to give Kane a Christmas break
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will not rest "fundamental" striker Harry Kane over the Christmas period.
The England captain was left at home for Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League dead rubber defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena following a hectic run of fixtures.
But with 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott the only like-for-like replacement, Mourinho says he cannot afford to give Kane more time off over a period which could define their Premier League top-four hopes – starting at Wolves on Sunday.
The Portuguese tactician said: “Am I going to give him a rest on December 26 as we have a match after two days? No, I’m not going to give (Kane) a rest. There are matches and matches.
“The Munich match was one of these ones when the result was secondary, but when the result is fundamental number nine is Harry and Parrott. Parrott is a 17-year-old boy that played five minutes in the Premier League and we’ll give him more time.”
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Mourinho will need all of his squad over the coming weeks, including Giovani Lo Celso.
The Argentinian, who was a Mauricio Pochettino transfer deadline-day signing from Real Betis, got his first start under Mourinho in Munich, but failed to impress.
It has been a frustrating start to life in England as Lo Celso was injured and is now down the pecking order under the new boss.
However, Mourinho is adamant that he will be handed some playing time in the next few weeks with games coming thick and fast.
The 56-year-old remains hopeful that the 23-year-old will eventually display his full potential in north London, but acknowledged that, while some players can fit in straight away, it takes others time to settle into their new surroundings.
A win for Spurs at Wolves this weekend could move them up to fifth in the Premier League depending on other results going their way.