Walker twists ankle at home but Pochettino upbeat over Kane

The attacking midfielder notched his 14th Premier League goal of the season in Spurs' 2-1 win over Southampton at White Hart Lane.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Mauricio Pochettino or Claude Puel? 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.

The Italian striker quickly settled in England since his January move from Napoli and was bidding to become only the third player to score in his first four Premier League appearances.

Pochettino expects the pair to seize their chance: "This is a great opportunity for Vincent and Sonny to play more in the starting 11". "Southampton are a very good team with very good players and it was hard, but in the end I think we deserved the victory". Let's break down three key ways the club can adapt to their new striker.

Spurs have already played top-flight opposition without Kane in the team nine times in the current campaign. He's very smart. Outside the box, he plays like a midfielder. We made a mistake for the goal but that can always happen in football.

Chances continued to come Tottenham's way, with Alli scuffing straight at Forster, who was then required to make an instinctive, clawing stop to keep out Toby Alderweireld's header.

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Spurs are 7/10 to win this fixture, but if you don't fancy them considering the loss of Harry Kane, Southampton are a well priced 4/1.

52' - GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Southampton (Ward-Prowse).

Generally Spurs do have a very good record against the Saints since they were promoted, and have only lost one game against them.

Southampton are the last team to win at White Hart Lane (May 2016) and Pochettino is adamant his players deserve praise after surviving a second-half fightback to tighten their grip on second place. They are a very good side who are very strong.

Eriksen started the game in magnificent form and produced a stunning through ball for Son after three minutes, but Fraser Forster denied the forward from eight yards. "It was a unusual game, a odd first half - we conceded two goals without coming under pressure".

Southampton have won their last two Premier League games, netting four goals in each clash.

  • Douglas Reid