Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino received a hammer blow on Tuesday that Harry Kane will be sidelined with injury until early March.
The England captain damaged ankle ligaments at the end of Spurs’ clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
Kane has been an ever-present for Pochettino this term, featuring in 22 Premier League games (21 starts) and making a further eight appearances in the Champions League and League Cup.
He’s the undisputed number one striker, with deputy Fernando Llorente unable to get a look in and Vincent Janssen effectively a forgotten man.
With Kane now out for the next month or so, Pochettino needs cover for his talisman. Perhaps he should raid the youth team, where he’ll find two highly promising youngsters, rather than spend big on cover.
Sterling or Harrison should get the nod
As an advocate for youth, Pochettino should look no further than the club’s youth setup.
Kazaiah Sterling and Shayon Harrison both have four goals to their names in PL2 this season in six and seven games respectively.
Harrison has been with the club since 2015 and is now 21 years of age. Perhaps if there’s going to be a time for him to make it to the first-team, it’s now – especially since he’ll be out of contract in the summer.
Sterling has been with Spurs since 2017, and is regarding as one of the club’s best young prospects.
Pochettino appears not to have trusted Llorente all that much since signing him from Swansea City in the summer of 2017.
And arguably he trusts Janssen even less, so perhaps he should be bold and put his faith in either Harrison or Sterling to take the leap of faith.
With prices like £75 million being quoted for Callum Wilson, it might make more sense for Tottenham (The Daily Mail).