Former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has praised Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino for the way he has handled Harry Kane so far this season.
England Under-21 international Kane has been one of the best players for Spurs this campaign, and his progress has taken many by surprise.
The youngster started the season as Tottenham’s third-choice striker behind Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, but he is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Kane has scored goals regularly in all competitions, finding the target in the Europa League, the League Cup, and the Premier League.
It did take a while for the 21-year-old to convince Spurs manager Pochettino that he deserves to play regularly, and some have wondered why it took so long for the Argentine to realise the youngster’s quality.
However, Savage has praised Pochettino and credits him for the development of Kane over the past few months.
“I think he has managed him really well,” the 40-year-old told BT Sport. “There was talk of not getting him into the team quick enough.
“He should have been in sooner, but I think Pochettino has handled him very, very well, and he has scored the goals.”
Savage correctly underlines the importance of Pochettino in the progress of Kane. True, the former Southampton manager did not throw him in at the deep end right from the start of the season, but it has paid dividends.
Playing week in and week out in the Premier League with success is not easy, but the fact that Kane was getting experience of playing in the Europa League and the League Cup regularly certainly helped him get more accustomed to the English top flight.
Pochettino now fully understands the important of Kane, which is why he did not start him against Burnley away from home in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday in order to give him some rest (click here to read more).
Of course, it has been Kane’s hard work that has brought him so far this season, but Pochettino’s importance cannot be undermined.