The Europa League could give Tottenham their next Harry Kane

With the potential to blood more youngsters, Spurs could find their next star in the European competition.

Tottenham return to Europa League competition this week with the unglamorous task of facing Azerbaijani side Qarabag at White Hart Lane.

Most Spurs fans would agree that with the ultimate aim for the club being Champions League football, participation in the second-tier competition is more of a hindrance than a benefit.

However, with the winners of the Europa League ending up in next year’s elite tournament, there is certainly reason that the North Londoners should take it seriously.

Another potential opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the Europa League is the unearthing of young players as the Argentine looks to rotate his squad.

Last season, before becoming a first-team regular and overnight sensation, Harry Kane built up his reputation and confidence by scoring consistently in cup competitions.

The now England international netted seven goals in nine games for Spurs in the Europa League and it was his performances in this competition that convinced Pochettino to give him the nod in the Premier League.

As such, plenty of young fringe players at White Hart Lane should be looking at the European tournament as an opportunity to impress - and potentially follow Kane’s lead into the regular starting XI.

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