Harry Kane scored a hat-trick against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League last week, but he has back on the Tottenham Hotspur substitutes’ bench against Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
It was the 21-year-old forward’s fifth appearance in the league this season, and he has yet to start a single Premier League game under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
With Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado both struggling for goals, there have been calls for Kane to be given more regular starts.
And the England Under-21 international should start against Brighton & Hove Albion at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
Spurs will head into the game low on confidence after dropping points yet again in the Premier League, and Pochettino could be looking to give Adebayor and Soldado playing time to boost their confidence.
However, both players have proved to be inconsistent so far, and Pochettino needs to show Kane that he has confidence in him.
Kane needs to play regularly to get into the groove of things and continue his development. The hat-trick last week would have certainly increased his confidence, but being left out of the starting line-up would have been a dampener.
With Spurs often misfiring in front of goal in the Premier League, time has come for Pochettino to give Kane more chances. Playing him tomorrow is going to help Kane build up for Sunday’s league clash against Aston Villa away from home.
If Kane gets a goal or two against Brighton, then his self-conviction will increase. And that will make him a mean force in front of the Villa goal.