Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has added his voice to the numerous calling for in-form striker Harry Kane to start more regularly in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old scored his eighth cup goal of the season in Wednesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Brighton & Hove Albion, just under a week after netting a hat-trick against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League.
The England Under-21 international is still to make an impact in the top-flight, however, having made just five brief appearances for a total of 68 minutes, despite the recent struggles of fellow front men Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.
Spurs fans are now desperate to see him start Sunday afternoon’s match at Aston Villa, and Redknapp himself believes Mauricio Pochettino needs to listen to them.
‘Spurs need new players because you can’t turn that personnel into a high-energy, pressing team like Pochettino had at Southampton,’ he wrote in his Sky Sports column.
‘In Harry Kane the Spurs fans do have someone to get excited about, though – and it’s time he got his shot in the Premier League.
‘All young players need opportunities and, with him scoring goals and looking confident, now is a great time to hand him a Premier League chance.
‘His goal in midweek against Brighton showed he can be a poacher but he’s also got a great shot on him, so what have Spurs got to lose?
‘It’s not like they have a brilliant centre forward who is scoring loads of goals for them - Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have just two in the league between them so far.
‘Spurs are crying out for Kane and I’d be amazed if he doesn’t start against Villa.’