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Tottenham round-up: Mauricio Pochettino talks up talisman Harry Kane; AC Milan’s Suso Santana on radar

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Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 victory over Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday will have gone a long way towards quelling any concern amongst Spurs fans that their side may struggle to maintain their momentum without Harry Kane, who is spending an extended period on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.

A Christian Eriksen strike and a Dele Alli penalty proved enough to hand Spurs the points and keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea, despite James Ward-Prowse’s early reply for Saints just after the break making for a nervy second-half. Despite that, the missing Kane is still the talk of the town in the white half of North London, with Pochettino claiming that the Tottenham hitman has the potential to captain the club and his country in the future.

Kane has already received praise from England boss Gareth Southgate for his capabilities as a leader this week, having worked with Kane in the Under-21 set-up prior to his breakthrough with Spurs, and his integration into the England senior squad, and his manager at club level had further praise to shower upon the forward.

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“This is Southgate’s opinion – it’s not my decision, but I explain how I see Harry Kane. For me he’s a leader and why can’t he be captain one day of the national team and Tottenham too?”, Pochettino told the London Evening Standard.

Southgate had initially said of the Tottenham man: “Harry has definite leadership qualities. He’s got an opinion, and is always happy to speak up in front of the group.”

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has been planning his summer transfer activity in an attempt to mould a side who have been ‘nearly men’ for this and last season, into strong contenders for the title, building on the progress they have made during the Argentine’s tenure. To this end, according to the Daily Mirror, Spurs may look to bring a familiar face back to the Premier League, in the shape of AC Milan’s former Liverpool winger, Suso Santana.

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The former Liverpool youngster has gone on to become a pivotal player for the Rossoneri this season, scoring six goals and racking up seven assists from the right-wing.

He joins the shortlist of options out wide on Pochettino’s shopping list, which includes Real Madrid’s Isco and Everton star Ross Barkley, but Spurs may be rivalled by other interested parties, including Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The signing of Suso would add some much-needed depth to Pochettino’s right-wing options, with Erik Lamela missing through injury, and Moussa Sissoko having thus far failed to make the grade since his move from Newcastle last summer.

The acquisition of an out-and-out winger would also allow the Argentine to revert to his favoured back-four, having deployed a wing-back formation and used Kyle Walker as his right-sided attacking player in recent weeks.

Finally, Tottenham’s rearranged Premier League clash away at Crystal Palace, originally scheduled for 11 March, has been moved to April 26. Whether or not the match will prove pivotal in Spurs’ pursuit of Chelsea remains to be seen, but it may prove critical for Sam Allardyce’s Palace, who remain in the relegation dogfight, for the time being, a mere four points off the bottom three.

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Scott is a Port Vale fan who writes regularly for The Boot Room as a freelancer. He is a fan of several sports but most of his experience in journalism comes from football and volleyball. He has produced several works on major Championships for both the FIVB and CEV in the volleyball world out in Switzerland, and is currently studying for a BA Hons in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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