Spurs manager Pochettino: "Kane's injury is a big opportunity for Janssen"

Alli, who enjoyed a stunning maiden season in the Premier League previous year, took his goal tally in all competitions this season to 17 on Sunday when he rolled home a penalty in Tottenham's hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton which maintained their distant chase of leaders Chelsea.

The win keeps Spurs in second place but still 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane in London, on March 19, 2017. Sonny scored a hat-trick, Vincent Janssen scored, and Dele Alli. "With no Harry Kane, everyone can take the penalty".

"If the manager wants to push me a bit higher in some games I'm happy to do that but I am a midfielder so I enjoy playing everywhere". "Today showed great, great energy when he came on", Pochettino added.

Eriksen took matters into his own hands in the 14th, as he picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, took a touch and then found the bottom corner with his weaker left foot.

None of the Premier League's top six have more than one striker in double figures this season, with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, along with Sanchez, the closest on eight.

Gabbiadini should have reached that landmark when he fired into the side-netting in the 28th minute after being set up by Dusan Tadic.

Son Heung-min, fresh from his hat-trick against Millwall, is more likely to start up front against Southampton on Sunday and Pochettino accepts Janssen has endured a hard opening season.

"I think it was important for us to get that feeling and win the game, to score goals and keep our position in the table".

Southampton manager Claude Puel said: "It is a groin injury We will see".

"We are not anxious, we are in good condition." the Argentine, whose second-placed side host his former club Southampton on Sunday, told reporters on Friday. "But we didn't find a good clinical edge to finish off the situation".

It was no cruise though for the hosts as Southampton halved the deficit six minutes after the break when former Saints defender Toby Alderweireld failed to cut out Nathan Redmond's cross and James Ward-Prowse prodded a shot past Hugo Lloris.

Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and goalkeeper Pau Lopez have made little or no impact since their arrivals from the Dutch, French and Spanish leagues.

Club top scorer Kane left the field with a right-ankle injury a week ago during Tottenham's FA Cup quarterfinal 4-0 win against Millwall and could be out for up to five weeks.

  • Salvatore Jensen