Pochettino: I was right not to start Harry Kane any sooner

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The Tottenham Hotspur striker is in fine form but his manger says the 'process was right for him to arrive in this moment.'

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is one of the best young strikers in England but has defended his decision not to rush him into the north London side's starting line-up.

The 21-year-old forward is Tottenham's top scorer this season by a distance but had to wait a long, long time before his manager installed him into the starting line-up for Premier League matches.

Pochettino, however, insists the 'process' of Kane advancing to the senior team was done with the right timing.

“For the players it’s a very good motivation,” Pochettino told reporters, as quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “They all want to show they are capable of playing in the starting XI and this is an extra energy for the team. I believe in my players and our way. We expect a tough game.

“I agree [Kane] is one of the best young strikers in England. He can handle that pressure. He is young, mature but the process was right for him to arrive in this moment.

“Harry is clever, he needs to feel the support from his team-mates but he is clever and he knows how to manage the pressure.”

There has been plenty of speculation about a potential strike partner being brought to White Hart Lane to play alongside Kane, although there has been no doubting the capabilities of the Spurs forward himself.

The future is less certain for team-mates Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, though, with Danny Ings and Saido Berahino being continuously linked with a move to Tottenham.

Pochettino's side travel to Crystal Palace for a league clash tomorrow afternoon.

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