Can Pochettino turn this player into Tottenham's Rickie Lambert?

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If the Argentine can work his magic with the Tottenham forward, he may have a very special player at his disposal.

Mauricio Pochettino is about to inherit a squad of international players at Tottenham.

He is also about to get his hands on a clutch of promising young academy graduates who already have a certain amount of Premier League experience.

Pochettino was eager to sign both Andros Townsend and Harry Kane in the January transfer window, something that should set the players in good stead if they were worried about their futures at the club.

But it is Kane that should be looking forward to working with Spurs' new manager the most, given the good work he did with another English forward.

The Argentine gave Rickie Lambert a more integral role once he took over at Southampton in January last year, giving him the captain's armband for a number of games. The soon-to-be Liverpool striker responded with the kind of performances that saw him become an England international AND seal a dream move to Anfield.

Lambert was talking up Pochettino to the Telegraph last week, insisting that it was his time under the new Tottenham boss that improved him the most.

“Everything went my way at Southampton and each manager that came in improved me massively and especially Mauricio. He taught me how to be a different kind of player and I think that’s helping now.

“I never really got taught to be a striker in the first place and then I never got taught how to be a lone striker. He taught me how to be the lone striker and the thing that I was doing wrong most was the fact I thought I had to show for everyone on the pitch.

“Whoever had the ball, I felt I had to run over and show for the ball, get on the ball. He was saying ‘take your time’ and ‘wait until the right people have got on to the ball’ like Adam Lallana and others further up the pitch."

Kane, at 20-years-old, has several of the attributes of Lambert. He has been an impressive goalscorer at every level he has played at, and has a similar physique to the older striker, capable in the air and strong enough to be a nuisance to defenders. But what stands out most is Kane's obvious intelligence on the ball, and his ability to beat a man. Such gifts are rare for such a young forward.

The Spurs man's 3 goals in 7 games at the end of the last Premier League campaign showed he is capable of offering something at that level. If Pochettino can fill him with the wisdom and confidence that he did Lambert, there's no telling how good Kane can become.

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