Captain Hugo Lloris backing Spurs to cope without leading goalscorer Harry Kane
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The France skipper reflects on the form of Heung-min Son and praises the quality at Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris is hoping Tottenham Hotspur’s leading goalscorer Harry Kane isn’t out through injury for too long, but he has backed the squad to cope if the England man does require a spell on the sidelines.
The Spurs striker hurt his ankle in the first half after a collision with Asmir Begovic in the AFC Bournemouth goal.
Kane was forced off soon after and he is set to have a scan at some point today, but the Lilywhites coped okay without him against the Cherries.
A brace from Heung-min Son was sandwiched in between Dele Alli’s equaliser and Serge Aurier’s late header as Tottenham secured an excellent 4-1 win at Dean Court.
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Captain Lloris said: “If it’s not Son (scoring), it’s another player and we’re a team. Hopefully it’s not too bad for Harry - I don’t know yet - but we showed already in the past that we’re a team.
“We have a lot of talented players up front and we need their quality and strength to finish the job and to score goals. First of all we need a strong team. That’s the main thing.”
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Lloris is right, Spurs didn’t do too badly without Kane last season, winning five of the eight league games he missed with two separate ankle issues.
He has once again been in stunning form this season, but so has fellow attacker South Korean superstar Son.
The 25-year-old is closing in on 20 goals for the second consecutive campaign after another brace on Sunday.
After a nine-game run without a goal between January 13 and February 25, Son has now scored seven goals in his last four matches in all competitions.
But team-mate Lloris isn’t surprised by his outstanding form, he said: “From the start, we felt his potential.
“He’s very sharp, very quick, very clever. In one-v-one, he can make the difference at any moment.
“It’s important to have that type of player in the team. His performances will build a stronger confidence and I’m not surprised about that.
“You can see all his qualities at the training sessions. He’s got a lot of ability in front of the goal and he’s rewarded for all the work he’s done since he joined. It’s good because he gives a lot of energy around him to his team-mates.”
Lloris continued: “As I said, today it was Son, yesterday Harry, tomorrow we don’t know. It’s normal to focus on the scorer but it’s not only their responsibility.
“Behind that is a big team work and I prefer to give credit to that than individual team-mates, even if they make the job.
“If we’re in this position now – quarter-finals of the FA Cup and third position in the top four - it’s because of these players.”