Harry Kane rested by Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Everton clash

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Mauricio Pochettino left Harry Kane out of the line-up against Partizan tonight - suggesting that he is being rested to face Everton.

Tottenham faced Partizan in the Europa League at White Hart Lane tonight, and booked their passage into the next round of the competition with an unconvincing 1-0 win.

Benjamin Stambouli grabbed his first goal for the club, as manager Mauricio Pochettino decided to rotate his squad and hand starts to some fringe players.

Kyle Naughton, Mousa Dembele, Aaron Lennon and Paulinho all featured for Spurs, but there were few impressive performances in a fairly drab night in North London.

Yet something interesting did happen - no, not the publicity stunt of 'fans' running on the pitch in branded t-shirts, but rather in Pochettino's team selection.

Spurs face a big game against Everton on Sunday, so some of the key players were handed rests; Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli were all left out, and so was Harry Kane.

Kane scored Tottenham's equaliser against Hull City on Sunday, and his growing importance to Spurs and Pochettino was shown by tonight's line-up.

Usually the main striker on Thursday nights in the Europa League, Kane was instead left out in a bid to preserve him for the Everton game, even if he did come on as a substitute with 25 minutes to play.

The 21-year-old isn't particularly flashy. He isn't the fastest striker, he isn't the strongest striker - yet he just seems to score goals.

In what has been a bleak season for Tottenham so far, Kane has surprisingly offered a beacon of hope to supporters who have found it easy to get behind a youth team graduate.

And now, finally, Kane appears to be supplanting Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor in the pecking order - and that's something that virtually all Spurs fans will be happy with having called for more of Kane in recent weeks.

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