Tottenham stars banned from party by Pochettino
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has banned the Tottenham players from attending the PFA awards party on Sunday night so they can stay fresh for the title charge.
Harry Kane is shortlisted for the Player of the Year award, while the in-form striker has also joined Dele Alli on the six-man list for the Young Player of the Year gong.
Spurs have also set a new club record by having four players named in the PFA Premier League team of the season. Kane and Alli are joined in the side voted for by their peers by Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose.
Pochettino’s recognises the significance of the PFA party but insists it must come second to preparing for Monday night’s crucial league game against West Brom at White Hart Lane.
“The players will be at home but this is normal, I think people will understand,” said Pochettino, as quoted in the Sun. “It’s true the players would like to go but I think the responsibility when you have a big game on Monday is to stay home, rest and be focused on the game.
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“Sure, after the game on Monday you can have a party or congratulate the players.”
There are also four Leicester players in the 2015/16 side, which has been voted for by the players through their union body, the Professional Footballers Association.
Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Wes Morgan make up the quartet from Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League leaders.
The other three players in the team made up from the 20 Premier League clubs are Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin and West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet.
The team demonstrates the extent to which Spurs and Leicester have been the two outstanding sides in this season’s Premier League.
With four matches of the campaign remaining, Leicester top the league with 73 points, five points ahead of Tottenham in second.
In other Tottenham news, there has been a twist in the club’s pursuit of new striker.