Peter Crouch fears Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min will QUIT Tottenham after Jose Mourinho’s side are dumped out the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb on a catastrophic night that leaves their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread
- Tottenham exited the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate loss to Dinamo Zagreb
- Mislav Orsic’s treble saw Jose Mourinho’s side give up a two-goal first-leg lead
- Peter Crouch hinted Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are closer to the exit door
- The ex-Spurs man claims Kane should not even be playing in the Europa League
Peter Crouch hinted that Tottenham’s shock Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb could push star strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min further out the Spurs exit door.
Jose Mourinho’s side threw away their two-goal lead from the first-leg to crash out of Europe thanks to Mislav Orsic’s hat-trick, the last of the Croatian’s goals coming in the second-half of injury time.
The result means Spurs – who are six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – face an uphill struggle to qualify for next season’s Champions League in the back end of the season, with Crouch claiming that both Kane and Son should not even be playing in the Europa League.
Peter Crouch hints Tottenham’s Europa League exit could push Harry Kane to a Spurs exit
Spurs were dumped out of Europe after throwing away a two-goal first-leg lead on Thursday
The former Spurs striker told BT Sport: ‘Going out of Europe tonight, their season is hanging by a thread. When I look at someone like Harry Kane trudging off the pitch, I’m thinking – he’s Champions League, he shouldn’t even be playing in this competition.
‘He’s a Champions League player, he should be there talking alongside Lewandowski, Haaland, Mbappe… (and) Kane. He should be up there with those (players). He’s gone out to Dinamo Zagreb today and that’s the worrying thing – where’s his head at?
‘It’s not just the manager, (it’s) the players. Son (and) Kane, players who deserve to be playing at a higher level than Europa League. Of course they are loyal to Tottenham and we all hope they will be, but games like that certainly don’t help.’
Crouch claims Kane should be playing in the Champions League with Europe’s biggest stars
The former England striker also fears for Kane’s (left) Spurs strike partner Son Heung-Min
Mourinho’s men took a 2-0 lead to the Croatian capital on Thursday night but Orsic’s second-half double forced the game into extra-time.
The Zagreb forward then hit a devastating winner in extra-time to send Spurs packing.
England captain Kane is Spurs’ second-highest goalscorer in the club’s history with 214 strikes and has formed a devastating partnership with South Korean forward Son who has scored 18 goals in each of his last two seasons.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho risks losing two of his star strikers after Thursday’s loss
But Spurs’ latest exit could see both attacking stars look towards other areas to gain success despite several years of service in north London.
Defeat on Thursday damages an already difficult week for Mourinho’s Spurs who were left reeling from last weekend’s north London derby defeat to rivals Arsenal.
Glenn Hoddle claims Spurs are now heading backwards after starting the season strongly – with the north Londoners even topping the Premier League table in December.
Glenn Hoddle claimed Spurs are now regressing and are not showing enough heart and desire
Hoddle told BT Sport: ‘On the last two performances you have got to say they have gone backwards, they are not treading water, they have actually gone backwards. They have got to look at themselves tonight.
‘There wasn’t enough heart or desire there. When you put yourselves under that sort of pressure, go and perform under it. They didn’t, they got nervous.
‘People were kicking the ball up in the air, there were ridiculous things happening. They lost the plot but they also lost their heart and their desire to do something about it.’
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