Why Mauricio Pochettino is right to bench Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane

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Harry Kane is set to be benched for Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League fixture with Anderlecht.

Mauricio Pochettino has made a smart move by dropping Harry Kane for Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League match against Anderlecht. 

The Argentine head coach has suggested to the Guardian that he will rest Kane for the Europa League contest, and that appears to be a smart move on his part. 

Kane has become the centre of attention at Spurs, due to his poor goalscoring form since the start of the season.

The 22-year-old netted 31 times last term, but he has scored just once in his first 12 games this time around.

The centre-forward's link-up play has still been impressive, but carrying a striker who isn't scoring goals is hard for any side. 

Kane has looked fatigued at times, and it could be that a break from competitive action is all that is required to spark him back into life. 

The England international has faced a busy schedule since breaking through at White Hart Lane at the start of last season, and he has barely had a breather since - taking into account domestic and international commitments. 

Taking him out of the firing line against Anderlecht should help the striker, and it will also give Pochettino a chance to assess the other options in his squad.

Kane is still a player learning his trade, and there are no guarantees that he won't suffer from another blip once he does find form again. 

At the moment Pochettino is in the dark regarding the value of other players in his squad leading the line, but he can gauge whether it is role Clinton Njie is suited to by testing him tonight. 

Spurs have expressed a desire to progress in the Europa League, but the Premier League remains the priority and by keeping Kane fresh for Bournemouth, Pochettino has once again highlighted his managerial nous. 

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