Harry Kane has told the Tottenham Journal that the North London derby means more to the club's academy graduates than their foreign imports.
Tottenham have granted a number of opportunities to their youngsters this campaign and Kane feels that it could put them at an advantage when they take on Arsenal.
Spurs host their local rivals on Saturday and Kane revealed today that he has been trying to explain the importance of the match to others in the squad who haven't been so immersed in Tottenham culture.
“Does the derby mean more to us because we’re local and we’re Spurs fans? Yes I think so,” he said. “I think we realise how much more it means to everyone.
“We try to instil that in other players that maybe don’t know as much. We’ll be letting them know that it’s the biggest game of the season and we’ll be trying to get a win and really put in a performance.
“It’s the biggest game for the fans, the club, the players. We haven’t got a midweek game this week so we’ve got a little rest and then we’re really looking forward to Saturday – it’s going to be a great game.”
Kane's comments appear to give Mauricio Pochettino some advice on who to pick this weekend, with the striker seemingly hoping that some of the club's youngsters are entrusted to guide the side to victory.
Kane has risen to prominence this season alongside Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason and the 21-year-old may feel that his two former academy teammates should be in the starting line-up against Arsenal.
The North London derby is always a pressurised match, with an expectation of full commitment from the supporters, and Kane wants the squad packed with the players who understand the demands of playing in a fixture of such magnitude.
That fight, desire and passion could be crucial to Pochettino's side and, although it would be a risk to play so many inexperienced players, the Argentine would be well served to give another example of his faith in the club's academy this weekend.