Mauricio Pochettino will not leave Harry Kane out of the Tottenham team as he searches for his first Premier League goal of the season.
Kane has managed only two goals in 16 appearances since scoring 79 seconds into his England debut in March, but Pochettino has been happy with the 22-year-old’s overall performances and believes restricting his opportunities is the last thing the striker needs.
“He was on the bench against Qarabag but I think he needs to play to have the opportunity to score,” Pochettino said.
“We need to stop speaking about Harry Kane, we need to let him do his job. The most important thing is I’m very happy with his effort, the way he has been playing.
“Strikers need to score but it is only a matter of time, the goal is coming.
“You always need to try to ask why – he needs to improve, we need to ask why to improve his performance in games.
“This is a tough moment because he needs to score because he is a striker, but around the club, in the changing room, we believe in him.”
Spurs take on league leaders Manchester City on Saturday, hoping to bounce back from Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Arsenal.
They are also looking to reverse a recent run of poor results against City, who have won the teams’ last four meetings, scoring 16 goals and conceding just twice.
“Tomorrow is a good opportunity to change the dynamic,” Pochettino said.
“Football is psychological and emotional. We need to be ready for tomorrow to compete. This is the most important thing. To compete.
“We are ready for tomorrow, we are fresh and we want to give a good result to our fans after the defeat on Wednesday.”
Ryan Mason remains sidelined with a knee problem while Mousa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard have ankle injuries and also miss out.