Is this the comment that reveals Harry Kane's absence in the Premier League?

Harry Kane has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur are taking every competition that they enter this season seriously.

Kane has risen to prominence in recent weeks, with his goalscoring exploits in the Europa League and League Cup calling for Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino to start him in the Premier League.

Despite netting a hat-trick against Asteras Tripoli two weeks ago, he was left on the bench for Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle, before starting and scoring in the League Cup victory over Brighton. Many believed he should have started Sunday’s tie with Aston Villa, but he once again was left on the bench, although he came off and netted a last minute winner - taking his seasonal tally to nine goals in 13 games.

Pochettino has confirmed that Kane will be starting on Thursday evening, with the club travelling to Tripoli, all but confirming that he is set to miss out on a Premier League start this weekend, with the North Londoners hosting Stoke City.

Whilst many fans will be annoyed that Kane is once again being overlooked in the Premier League for the sake of the Europa League - often considered a ‘weak’ competition - the forward told the Standard that Spurs are focusing upon every competition they enter this season, meaning that he being given first-team opportunities in search of a very winnable trophy.

The 21-year-old said: “I can understand that the manager wants everyone to be fresh, as it is a long season. We’re taking all competitions seriously this year and he is a great manager, very enthusiastic. He knows what he wants, he demands a lot from you and the players have really taken to that.”

Focusing upon the Premier League, the Europa League and the League Cup - with the FA Cup coming in the new year - means that Pochettino has to rotate his squad for freshness, and Kane is undoubtedly first-choice striker in European competition. If he was to be named as the starting striker for the Premier League, he would have to miss Europa League action, and the complaints could be raised that Pochettino is favouring domestic success over European success.

Kane himself is confident that Spurs can win a trophy this season, and his goals in the Europa League could well lead them to victory - and the Champions League place that guarantees next season.

He added: “We want to win a trophy this season and we have a good chance in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup.”

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