Tottenham have been without Harry Kane for a number of weeks now, and look to be coping in the absence of their star striker.

When Kane was struck down with yet another ankle injury, Sonny was on his way to the Asia Cup, Lucas Moura was injured, and Dele Alli would pick up a hamstring issue in the very next match.

This left Pochettino with Fernando Llorente as his only real senior strike option, a player who had not been gifted too many 90 minute stints in his Spurs career.

It took Llorente a few games to climatize to playing full matches and dealing with the pressure, but he looks to be doing a job up front for Spurs now.

The big man has pitched it with a couple of goals and two assists for Son in the past three Prem games, a pretty healthy return.

However, he was left out of the starting line up against Newcastle, something Stuart Pearce wanted to comment on.

Pearce said (SkySportsNews as reported by HITC): “The best players don’t get rested, Messi, Ronaldo, Harry Kane. They wheel out performances. Go to Liverpool, when are you going to rest Van Dijk?

“The longer the season goes on, the longer you wheel out your better players and build up an intolerance to fatigue by the games they play.

“It’s the periphery players that are not quite there maybe get rested and left out. And I think they get left out in a guise that they are being rested. But in many ways, the best players always play.”

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