Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Mauricio Pochettino has handled Harry Kane perfectly.
Kane will be a key figure in the North London derby tomorrow and Campbell suggested that Pochettino’s decision to hold Kane back over the first part of the season has worked well.
“I think Pochettino has done a great job at Tottenham – with Harry Kane, he did well to keep him on a leash at the start of the season – he’s now flying,” said Campbell.
Kane has made 13 starts in the Premier League and six appearances off the bench, with the majority of those sub appearances coming before the turn of this year.
Pochettino will have seen the potential and enthusiasm in Kane from when he first came into the club, but holding him back is likely to have created a number of positive benefits.
It would have made him more hungry to succeed and grateful when he eventually got into the first team.
His passion for Spurs was proven when he signed a new long term deal at White Hart Lane on deadline day earlier this week.
Holding him back also reduces the possibility of him becoming burnt out over the rest of the season.
He’s hit form in the middle of the campaign and will have a key role to play in the Premier League, the League Cup final and the Europa League over the next few months.
Pochettino having held him back suggests he should be able to push hard at a time when fatigue is setting in for other players.
The job for Kane and Pochettino is now staying effective in all formats.