Pochettino: Spurs can replace Kane from within squad

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his side don’t need to look outside the squad to find a replacement for Harry Kane.Spurs are reeling from the news that Kane will be out until at least early March with ankle ligament damage. The injury was tough to swallow for a side still chasing silverware in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Though Spurs have been tipped to enter the transfer market to find a replacement for the England striker, Pochettino has cautioned that no player on the market will be able to replace Kane. “If we want to find a player similar to him I think we are going to make a mistake, because to find another Harry Kane is impossible — we are talking about the one of the best three, four, five best strikers in the world,” Pochettino saidDespite lacking a clear second option at forward, the Argentine went on to say his side may not need to buy reinforcements at the position. “If we don’t sign players or we are not going to sign a striker, that is not going to be a gamble. It is not going to be a risk,” Pochettino said. “We have players that can cope when Harry Kane is not available.”Tottenham’s first chance to see how they cope without Kane will come on Saturday when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage. Among the options Pochettino is considering up top are academy duo Kazaiah Sterling and Troy Parrott, little-used backup Fernando Llorente, as well as midfielders Dele Alli and Erik Lamela. “I was watching Barcelona, and the striker was Leo Messi,” Pochettino said. “You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Lamela, you can play Kaziah Sterling, Troy Parrett, I don’t know … you can play many, many players.“It’s not that you have to play with one specific striker.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more