Opinion: When will Pochettino learn his Harry Kane lesson?

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Being 4-0 up at half-time at home is about as comfortable as it gets in the Premier League, so it would have surely been the perfect time to rest Harry Kane for at least half an hour and give some minutes to the likes of Alli, who was returning from injury.

Tottenham also have an extremely hectic schedule over the next month, with some big games in the Champions League on the horizon, as well as a League Cup clash and an away visit to Leicester.

You would assume that Kane will start the majority of the big matches, so why did Poch not take the chance to rest him, keep him fresh, and prevent chances of injury?

Pochettino seems to always make late substitutions, very rarely making any changes before the 60th minute. Maybe this is something he may need to think about if we are going to avoid our usual end of season dip in form.

This is especially the case after Kane featured heavily in both England games over the international break this month.

It is very likely that Kane himself would not be happy at being substituted so early. However, in hindsight, he would have understood that, as the three points were secure, giving a teammate some minutes would be for the good of the team.

Furthermore, if Kane would have suffered another ankle ligament injury it would have made Pochettino look a fool.

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