A number of key men could again be absent for Tottenham when they return to Premier League action against Everton
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Mauricio Pochettino believes there is more emphasis on him to play Harry Kane because the striker is a young English prospect - but the Tottenham head coach will not bow to supporter pressure.
Kane, 21, has scored eight goals for Spurs so far this season but has yet to score in, or start, a Premier League under Pochettino.
The Tottenham academy product has hit his goals in the Europa League and League Cup but is now champing at the bit to line up against Aston Villa on Sunday.
– Mauricio Pochettino
Today if we were in Argentina and he was Argetinian player and playing with two foreign strikers, it would always be a sensitive situation.
He is English, he is young and from the Tottenham academy so it is normal. We understand he is a special player for Tottenham and for our supporters.
I understand because he is an English player. He scored the last game against Brighton and Asteras and I understand he is a special player for our supporters.
My decision is always about my analysis on the training and after to give the balance to the team and our performance. Not only focus on different situations ... but I understand and I know that this is a special player for our supporters.
Capital One Cup quarter-final draw:
Derby v Chelsea
Tottenham v Newcastle
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Sheffield United v Southampton
Matches to be played in the week commencing December 15