No break for Kane as Tottenham chase leaders

LONDON • Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has no plans to rest Harry Kane, as the striker seeks to plunder more goals to put pressure on the Manchester clubs at the top of the English Premier League.

The England forward is in a rich vein of form in both domestic and European competitions, with nine goals in five games including a hat-trick at Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Glenn Hoddle, recently voted Tottenham's greatest player, said Kane could become the club's best-ever striker, an opinion shared by Pochettino.

"Harry is still so young," said the Tottenham manager. "For me he is one of the best strikers in the world. He is so young and can improve."

Pochettino, whose side travel to newly promoted Huddersfield Town today, has no plans to protect the 24-year-old for the bigger games and has confirmed that Kane will not be given a break just yet. "Maybe in the future we will decide to rotate. But at the moment he is in a very good condition," the Argentinian said.

Tottenham, fourth in the table after six games, five points off the pace, will be without Mousa Dembele today owing to a new ankle injury, which is separate from a previous foot problem.

Victor Wanyama (knee) remains sidelined while Serge Aurier is suspended. Christian Eriksen is expected to returning following illness, although Harry Winks could keep his place.

Huddersfield will once again be without former Montpellier striker Steve Mounie as he recovers from a heel injury.

The side, enjoying their first season in the top flight since 1971-72, are in mid-table with nine points but they have not won any of their past four matches. However, they are proving difficult to beat, having conceded only three goals.

Tottenham have four men - Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Kane and Dele Alli - in England's 26-man squad for their final two World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania next month.

But Alli is banned for the first game following his vulgar gesture in the recent 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2017, with the headline 'No break for Kane as Tottenham chase leaders'. Print Edition | Subscribe