Harry Kane has been a consistent figure in the Tottenham Hotspur first team for the past several weeks, but on Monday he found himself on the substitutes’ bench.
The England Under-21 international striker was left out of the Spurs starting line-up for the FA Cup third-round tie against Burnley at Turf Moor.
It was not because that Kane had done anything wrong in the past few matches; it was because he had done everything right.
The 21-year-old was left on the bench because Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino thought that he needed a rest.
And this highlights just how important Kane has become for Spurs.
Had the FA Cup tie against Burnley been held in August or September, then Kane would have started.
The youngster started the 2014-15 campaign featuring largely in Europa League and League Cup games, but as the season has progressed he has made himself a regular starter in the Premier League.
Kane’s ever-growing importance became even more evident when he came on as a half-time substitute against Burnley.
With Tottenham failing to score in the first half, Pochettino brought on his regular scorer in an effort to wrap up the tie.
Kane failed to score, but that still does not take away anything from the fact that he is one of the most important and best players for Tottenham at the moment.