Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce believes that recovering Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane should start the Champions League final on the bench.
The England captain faces a race against time to get himself fit for the huge encounter with Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.
Kane has been sidelined since March after getting crocked against Manchester City at the competition’s quarter-final stage.
Kane was challenged heavily by City’s Fabian Delph and damaged his ankle ligaments.
There’s a reasonable chance of Kane being available against Liverpool given his track record recovering early from various injuries in the past – but Allardyce thinks Pochettino should resist the temptation to use him from the start.
He said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show: “For me, I think he would be a great sub. You would have a very upset Harry Kane, but if it’s the best for the team then it’s the best for the team. He’s bound to be a touch rusty.”
Pochettino will have a huge call to make if Kane does recover in time to be selected to travel to Madrid.
There is that risk of upsetting the balance since he hasn’t played since March.
Tottenham have shown this season that they can cope without Kane, with Heung-min Son flourishing in his absence.
Lucas Moura, of course, got himself a hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-final.
The fact remains though, Kane is a world-class striker and surely Spurs are better for having him in the team – especially for a game of this magnitude and against a Liverpool side whose defence has proven very difficult to breach this term.