Jose Mourinho has hit back at critics that his style of play has affected the performance of Harry Kane and may force the attacker to leave Spurs.

Mourinho hits back at claims his negative style of play may force Kane to leave Spurs

Paul Merson after Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Friday said Harry Kane “have a serious think at the end of the season” because he won’t score “25-30 goals a season the way Jose will want to play.”

Jose Mourinho on the other hand thinks differently and believes he can get the best out of the English attacker citing examples to the performances of some strikers who have played under his management.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s fixture against West Ham, Mourinho defended with records the statistics of strikers who have featured for him as a manager.

“I feel a bit strange [about] some analysis and some comments, especially, you know, because it looks for me that the beginning of some comments and analysis, they started from Paul [Merson],” he said.

“I have to say I respect a lot people like him and because I respect a lot, I want to be nice in my answer. I don’t think he is ready for a bad answer. So I try to be nice. And I try just to say something where people can think a little bit.

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“First of all, Harry played his first game for six months and if you watch and analyse the game, compare Harry Kane with [United striker] Anthony Martial. It wasn’t a game of many chances, where the two strikers had a lot of chances.

“Do you give credit to my defence for Martial’s game, do you give credit to United’s defence to the occasions that we didn’t create? You have to look at it in a balanced approach.

“In our case, Harry doesn’t play a game for six months. The record of goals that Harry has with me is easy for you, you just go to your data and it is easy to see how many matches Harry played with me and how many goals he scored.

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“For you not to lose time, I can say that I had a few strikers who played for me and they are not bad. I had one guy called Drogba. He played for me four seasons, he scored 186 goals which gives an average of 46 goals per season.

“I had one guy who is not also bad. Plays for Juventus now. He played for me for three seasons. He scored 168 goals which gives an average of 56 goals per season. I had another guy that is also not bad, called Karim Benzema. He played for me three seasons. He was not always starting because he was quite young at the time. He scored for me 78 goals in three seasons, which gives a 26 goal average per season.

“I had another one called Milito. He played one season for me, he scored 30 goals, he won three titles. Of course, the average is 30. I had another guy who played for me for one-and-a-half seasons. I say that because in the other half he had a big injury. Tall guy called Zlatan. He played for me for one-and-a-half seasons, he scored 58 goals which gives a 29-goal average per season.

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Kane managed just a single shot at goal and had 36 touches against Manchester United

“So, dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you. I think Harry Kane has no problems at all to score goals in my teams, especially when he is fit, fresh and has routines of playing. So that’s my message to somebody that I have lots of respect for.”

Kane’s performance in the game against Manchester United was below par having made just 36 touches and playing just a shot at goal.

The Striker has was absent since January 1 with a hamstring injury making 11 appearances before that and scoring seven.

Kane’s future although his contract with Spurs ends in 2024 has been uncertain with the striker saying previously that he may consider his future elsewhere if the club is not “progressing.”


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