Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that in-form striker Harry Kane could be in line to start Sunday afternoon’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa.
Kane, 21, tops Tottenham’s scoring charts this season but is still to find the back of the net in the Premier League, having made just five substitute appearances for a total of 68 minutes.
The England Under-21 international scored his eighth goal of the season in Wednesday’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.
With fellow front men Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado struggling for form recently, fans are now desperate to see the prolific youngster earn more top-flight chances, but Pochettino has urged patience.
‘Yes, maybe,’ he told Sky Sports when asked if Kane could be handed his first league start of the campaign on the weekend.
‘We are very happy with him. Everyone is very important. But it's not difficult. It's a good thing he is scoring goals.
‘Always we manage, share the minutes [between the strikers]. We are happy with all our strikers. Adebayor scored against Newcastle, Soldado was very, very good the last game. Harry the same.'
Spurs have failed to register more than one goal in a league game since a 2-2 draw against Sunderland on September 13, coinciding with a noticeable slide in form, but Pochettino insists he has been encouraged by recent performances.
‘We need to score more, it's true. But we are improving and I hope our strikers score more goals,’ he said.
‘’I'm not happy about the results. We need to improve. I am disappointed but the results don't reflect the performances. We need to get three points on Sunday.’