Spurs manager Pochettino: "Kane's injury is a big opportunity for Janssen"

By Ciaran McGrath in Football

BACK-up strikers Vincent Janssen and Son Heung-Min have a "great opportunity" to impress as a result of Harry Kane’s ankle injury, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has said prior to Sunday’s clash with former club Southampton.

The Lilywhites were dealt a significant blow after top scorer Kane limped out of last weekend’s 6-0 mauling of Millwall - but Argentine Pochettino was at pains to accentuate the positive.

Janssen received a huge boost during that game after scoring his first goal from open play for the club and Pochettino said: "It is a great opportunity for Vincent. Sometimes it is difficult for a second or third striker to play.

"Vincent is young and he came from Holland, and has had to adapt to a different league. It is also a chance for Son.

"I think we can cope. We have many players who can handle the pressure. We have confidence in our players and our squad. We need to score and win games and it is a challenge for the team.

"The Premier League is the toughest in the world. We will take it game by game, and now I am be focused on Southampton. It will be a difficult game because they are playing well."

Pochettino singled out new Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who has scored six goals in four games since his arrival from Napoli in January, for particular praise.

"Southampton have found a very good player," he said. "He’s a player we need to be focused on."

As for Kane himself, Pochettino was upbeat about his prospects for playing again this season, although he was characteristically reluctant to set any time frame for his recovery.

He said: "Harry is positive, which is good, but we need to be careful with his injury. We have trust in our backroom staff and physios. We will see - we hope to have him back as soon as possible."

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