After the news emerged yesterday that Harry Kane may have injured his ankle in the final minutes of Spurs’ loss to Man United at Wembley, manager Mauricio Pochettino will be very worried indeed.
Kane needs no introduction, and his importance to Tottenham is immeasurable at the best of times, let along when Spurs have the prospect of facing Chelsea in the League Cup and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in the coming weeks.
With the added worry of Son Heung-min being absent for the coming weeks as he competes in the Asian Cup, Vincent Janssen severely out of form, and Lucas Moura still nursing a knee injury, that only leaves Spaniard Fernando Llorente as a legitimate option up front.
Pochettino has not warmed to Llorente that much in the past, and has been reluctant to give him a chance, even though when he has played he has done a job for Spurs.
However, the Argentinian manager could start to look towards some of his youth during this tricky period if Kane has a spell on the sidelines. One of the players, therefore, that the manager should look to is 20-year-old Kazaiah Sterling.
Sterling has been on the radar for many Tottenham fans for a while, given some impressive performances for the under-23s. He scored eight goals in 20 appearances last season, and already has four goals and two assists in seven appearances this season.
The striker is renowned for having lightning pace and good control of the ball, and could offer something different to Tottenham in the England captain’s possible absence.
This is not an ideal situation for Pochettino, but he can at least make the most of this opportunity and start blooding some of his younger players into the team.