Picking Harry Kane could be the most controversial call Pochettino makes against Qarabag

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Should Tottenham risk Harry Kane in the Europa League?

The Europa League is a competition which Harry Kane owes a lot to, but his involvement in Tottenham's match against FK Qarabag this evening is a tough call.

Had he been in good form in the league the decision would be simple: Let him rest for the weekend against for the Premier League match versus Crystal Palace.

So the question Mauricio Pochettino must answer is whether he deviates from this, purely because of his goalless start of the season.

The potential benefits are there to see. Qarabag are considered outsiders to qualify from the group, and Kane's chances of scoring are strong.

The striker could build his confidence with a goal - or two or three - in the match, and go into the match against Crystal Palace on a high.

It was in the Europa League last year where he really found his form and forced his way into the Premier League line-up, now he is in a different scenario owing to his success last time around.

Part of the counter argument is that he played for England and scored last week, and should take confidence from that in itself, and should not need a tune-up against Qarabag to prepare for the weekend.

Spurs need him fresh for Palace as they push for a first home victory of the season, and cannot afford for him to get injured in a game many will consider Spurs should be capable of winning without him.

Seeing what happened to Kane's England teammate Luke Shaw in midweek only underlines the risks which can befall any footballer in any given match. Tottenham can at least reduce the risk for Kane by resting him in matches they don't need him for.

Arsenal factor

Mauricio Pochettino's decision whether to start Harry Kane or not could also factor in his plans for the striker next week,.

Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup next Tuesday, and should Kane start both, plus the Premier League game, it would mean three starts in less than a week.

If he is left out this evening then it may indicate Pochettino could use him next week, while a start would make him unlikely to do so.

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