Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Harry Kane might be rested for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against West Ham United, reports Reuters.
Kane is in a rich vein of form having scored 13 goals in all competitions for Spurs so far this season.
Eleven of those were netted in September alone and the forward added two more to his tally in a 4-1 rout over Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.
There were concerns over Kane’s fitness towards the end of the match when he was substituted, but despite holding his hamstring, Pochettino has insisted that his star player is just tired.
“Harry put in another amazing display, he is amazing, one of the best in the word. Injury? No, he was tired at the end. He has put in a massive effort – Bournemouth, Real Madrid and today. No problem.”
The Argentine went on to say that the 24-year-old could sit out of the midweek action against London rivals West Ham.
“We may rest Harry in the week, we have many games. Man United, then Real Madrid and Palace. Don’t forget he also played two games for the national team. He is so professional, but he is not a machine and maybe Wednesday he has to rest.”
In these early stages of the Carabao Cup, teams can afford to field second-string teams, and given that Tottenham and West Ham both have other priorities there could be a host of changes.
Even though there is a rivalry between the two clubs, it makes sense for Pochettino to use this match to rest Kane.
The forward has become one of the most important members of the team, so if he starts to feel any hint of a niggle, Spurs need to take whatever precautions they can.
Three days after facing the Hammers, Tottenham will go head to head with Manchester United in the league at Old Trafford.
That contest should take priority and Pochettino will need Kane at his best in order to get a result.