Tottenham boss Pochettino explains omission of Harry Kane

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Tottenham Hotspur star man Harry Kane was not selected to start against Besiktas.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was left out of the club's Europa League side for the game against Fiorentina.

It was not a case of being dropped however for the forward, instead he was rested, insists Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine was quoted by The Mirror explaining his decision to use Roberto Soldado instead.

He said: "We have a lot of games in 17 days, six games. And a potential 10 games in 30 days and we need to give the possibility for all players to play."

Was he proved right?

Dropping a player who has scored 23 goals this season, for another who has netted only three, sounds like not a very wise decision in the short-term, but Pochettino was clear in insisting he is thinking long-term.

Last night Soldado's goal made the decision appear a good one, and Kane was unable to break the Italians down when he came on midway through the second half.

Spurs will hope the benefit of the choice will be seen over the upcoming period of matches, with the next three absolutely must-win.

They next face West Ham at home in the Premier League on Sunday, and a win can take them eight points clear of the Hammers. Then there is the second leg against Fiorentina, and Spurs go into the game knowing quite simply that a win will take them through. The importance of the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea speaks for itself, and the last thing Spurs would want is Kane to be exhausted by time he reaches Wembley.

Pochettino's ability to reel off the number of games and days shows he had given the non-selection of Kane real examination, and with Roberto Soldado picking up a much-needed confidence boost, it's hard to really argue it was the wrong decision.

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