Souness: This is the player Pochettino considers most important at Tottenham
By Will Butcher
Graeme Souness believes the injury to Mauricio Pochettino’s main man Harry Kane could harm Tottenham’s chances of finishing in the Premier League top four.
Top scorer Kane is currently sidelined with an ankle injury suffered in the FA Cup against Millwall earlier this month, as Spurs progressed to the last four with a 6-0 triumph.
Souness claimed on the Times’ website that Kane’s absence has made apparent an obvious lack of cover, but has called on Spurs to remain consistent if they want a top-four finish.
“Tottenham must prove they can live without Kane to stay ahead of an inconsistent Liverpool and an improving Manchester United in the race for the top four,” Souness said.
“If you asked Pochettino which player he did not want to lose at this stage of the season, it would be Kane.
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“It’s a question of whether they can get by without him. They just got by against Southampton last weekend and do not have much depth beyond their first XI.”
Without Kane, Mauricio Pochettino is left with either South Korea international Son Heung-Min or Dutchman Vincent Janssen who is yet to rediscover his goalscoring touch.
Kane, 23, has been in sublime form for Spurs this season, scoring 24 goals in 29 league and cup encounters as his goals propelled Pochettino’s side into second.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli saw the north London giants secure a 2-1 win at home to Southampton, as they stuttered over the line in their first match since Kane’s injury.
Spurs face a difficult run of fixtures in their final 10 games, with local enemies Arsenal, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Premier League champions Leicester all to come.
Pochettino’s side travel to Burnley after the international break, as they look to become only the fourth team to beat the Clarets at home in the league this season.
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