Mauricio Pochettino: 'We can cope without Harry Kane'

14 - Spurs are undefeated in 14 home league games this season.

Both Harry Kane of Tottenham and Southampton's January signing Manolo Gabbiadini have netted six times in their last four league outings, but the spectacle of them going up against each other was ruined last Sunday, when Kane suffered a nasty ankle injury against Millwall in the FA Cup.

Kane missed 10 games in six weeks during the autumn with a similar injury.

Because of the worldwide break at the end of the month, Kane might only miss four league matches - against Southampton, Burnley, Swansea and Watford.

"Always we say they need to be professional, but they are only human and it is very tough to come in every day and it's very complicated". We can trust in the players that can replace him.

"The data shows that out of the forwards Tottenham have used this season, Kane, Son and [Vincent] Janssen, Kane regains the ball more through the high press, central to Pochettino's choice of playing style", Paul Power, data scientist at STATS, says.

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Kane's injury comes at a crunch time of the season for Pochettino's side, who are now second in the Premier League in what is turning out to be a tight fight for a place in the top four.

With 19 goals this season, the England worldwide stands joint top in the battle for the Premier League's golden boot award with Romelu Lukaku. "That is important. I am happy in the way that he trained this week too", said Pochettino.

Another such loss of momentum could have dire consequences for Pochettino's hopes of at least improving on last season's third-placed finish in the Premier League. We lost Harry Kane for seven or eight weeks and one of the best performances was without him against Manchester City, when we won 2-0.

While Spurs beat City without Kane in October, they failed to win any of their following six matches in his absence.

So, here are THREE Tottenham players who deserve a chance against Southampton on Sunday... Sometimes it is hard for a second or third striker to play.

Tottenham will look to cement their place in the top four when they take on Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. "We have 11 game as left and we need to give our best".

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