Pochettino, though, believes his squad has grown in strength as the season has progressed and placed his faith in Son Heung-Min to fill the gap left by Kane and provide the focal point to Tottenham’s attack.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in each half extended Tottenham’s unbeaten home record as they claimed a 10th successive league win at White Hart Lane.
“He has an unbelievable personality and character and everything is possible with him”. Into the box he looks like a striker because he is more than clever, he is very smart.
The 20-year-old former MK Dons player has now been involved in 17 goals this season (three assists). But Pochettino said that he had seen Alli flourish in holding midfield at the age of 18 for MK Dons, showing how versatile the England worldwide is.
Ryan Bertrand can play both left-back and left wing-back and has started a Champions League final, making the 27-year-old a more suitable deputy for Danny Rose than Ben Davies, while Virgil van Dijk would be the ideal centre-half to spark competition in Pochettino’s three-man defence.
“It was a great opportunity to win and you will always miss your main striker”, Pochettino added.
Fourteen of those goals have come in the league – four more than he achieved last season.
“It is a disappointment, because a draw would have been normal for me”, he said.
“It’s good that you have on the pitch players that want to take that responsibility, fantastic. It’s hard because there’s 10 days without our players on the global break, but we hope all will come back in good condition”.
Saints manager Claude Puel expects the pair to be flying at White Hart Lane on the back of their maiden worldwide calls.
A previously confident Spurs side faced a nervy second half and failed to reassert their dominance as Southampton sought a second goal, but the equaliser did not arrive as Claude Puel’s men failed to turn their momentum into genuine chances.
“We need to assess him day-by-day”. I think the team now is completely different, that was in September.
However, Walker has reassured fans on his personal Twitter account that the injury is nothing to fear, and that he looks forward to joining up with the England senior side for the worldwide break. The second half was better, interesting because we recovered well.