'I've always believed in him' - Pochettino praises Spurs youngster

Mauricio Pochettino has praised Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane after his performance in the Europa League last night.

Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on Harry Kane after the striker played a starring role in Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League success last night.

Spurs cruised into the group stages of the competition after a 3-0 win against AEL Limassol at White Hart Lane and Kane played a key role in the success.

He scored in both the home and away legs of the tie and even a missed penalty in the early stages of yesterday’s clash did not tarnish the level of his performances over the two games.

"I have always believed in Harry since the first day," Pochettino said.

"That is football. I think it is possible to miss penalties, but it is not important."

"He found a way to score, to play and did not let it affect his performance. It was good."

"He showed character and personality. He has a very strong mind and Harry is a very good player, too."

Kane’s emergence as a potential starter for Spurs has been one of the highlights at the club in recent times.

The powerful centre-forward has leapfrogged Roberto Soldado in the pecking order and now is regularly used in the first-team squad after coming through the youth-academy.

He is improving by the game, too, and there is genuine excitement about his future at White Hart Lane.

Kane, himself, says that he is starting to feel ready for the step-up now and says that he is enjoying playing under his new boss, Pochettino, who clearly has been impressed by him.

“I’m not kid any more, I’m 21 now and hopefully I can establish myself in this team. We’re playing well as a team, we’re playing well together and we’re looking forward to the games to come,” Kane said.

“When you’re playing well and scoring goals, you can’t wait for the next game to come. That’s how I feel at the moment, I want that next game and I want to be on the pitch showing everyone what I can do, so I certainly feel more confident.”

Pochettino has made an encouraging start to life as manager at White Hart Lane, with the side winning all their competitive fixtures so far this season.

He faces his toughest test so far at the club this Sunday, though, when the side host Liverpool.

The Reds won 5-0 at Tottenham’s ground last season and the squad will be hoping to show a vast improvement on that performance this weekend.

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