Mauricio Pochettino believes Leicester will suffer without Jamie Vardy to call upon in the next two games, following the striker’s charge of improper conduct.
He has been handed a two-game ban, meaning the England international misses this weekend’s game against Swansea, and then the clash with Manchester United.
Having fired the Foxes to the top of the Premier League table, losing the striker is a real blow to Claudio Ranieri, and he will have to fight off Spurs without the star man.
Pochettino, whose team sit five points behind Leicester, believes Vardy’s suspension will have a big impact on the current league leaders.
“I think that it’s a big impact for Leicester because Vardy is one of the best players in the Premier League. Sure, it’s a big impact for them,” the Argentine coach said.
“I think Leicester have very good players and are in a position that they deserve to be, this is important, nobody gave nothing for nothing.
“But he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I am sure they will feel that but they have different players that can play the same way.”
The only striker to have more goals than Vardy this season is Spurs star Harry Kane, who has bagged 24.
Having being tipped as a one-season wonder before the start of the campaign, Kane has proved the doubters wrong, and heads to the Euros this summer as England’s first-choice striker.
“The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and for some periods, when you have a player like Harry Kane, people need to speak and they can doubt whether he can repeat the same season,” Pochettino added.
“But Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world and he has proved that it wasn’t only one season. We are now in the second season and he’s showed his real quality.
“For us, we never had any doubts about him. From day one we knew that he would achieve everything because of his mentality, his passion and hunger are fantastic.
“He showed fantastic skill and that he’s one of the best in the world.”