Ray Wilkins predicts where Chelsea FC, Tottenham will finish this season
The Chelsea FC legend believes Harry Kane's fitness setback could give the Blues a lifeline in the top-four race
Ray Wilkins believes Harry Kane’s injury setback could result in Chelsea FC beating Tottenham Hotspur to a fourth-placed finish this season.
The England international suffered an ankle problem during a 4-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month.
Kane has scored 24 of Tottenham’s 59 goals in the Premier League this term to help Spurs secure a spot in the top four.
Chelsea FC are five points adrift of Tottenham with eight games to play in the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
While Antonio Conte’s side appeared to have squandered their chance of securing Champions League football this term after four losses in their last six outings, Kane’s injury could provide the Blues with a lifeline.
Former Chelsea FC assistant manager Wilkins believes Kane’s setback could result in a Tottenham slump over the final months of the season.
“I think the loss of Harry Kane is going to be absolutely massive for them,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.
“He’s out for four to five weeks which will encompass that game at Stamford Bridge [against Chelsea on Sunday April 1]. I think they might hit a little slippery road because they need him desperately.”
Wilkins added: “Tottenham are the ones I think they [Chelsea] can catch because I think the loss of Kane will be disastrous for them.
“Although they’ve got [Heung-min] Son and [Fernando] Llorente who can come in. Without a centre-forward with the quality of Kane I think they could struggle a touch.”
Chelsea FC were 2-1 winners against Crystal Palace in their last Premier League game following successive losses to Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Blues signed England international Ross Barkley, AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.
The west London side lost 4-1 to FC Barcelona on aggregate in the Champions League round of 16 last week.