Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner "excited" about Spurs clash

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Kane notched his first hat-trick in the Champions League during Tuesday's 3-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia and his exploits earned praise from Pochettino, who believes the England global can elevate his game further.

Overall, the clubs had met 40 time and Spurs won 16 of these as against Huddersfield's 11 with the remaining 13 ending in draws.

Boss David Wagner has instilled a hardworking mentality into his side and the Soccer Saturday panelist believes this could cause Spurs problems.

In terms of injuries, Tottenham have four absentees with Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela all sidelined.

"Huddersfield are coming up against a different kettle of fish this weekend but they do work hard and that will shock Spurs, but in the end the visitor's quality will tell", the pundit wrote for Sky.

"We've been completely blown away by the interest in Huddersfield Town since May, but we're a Club that is firmly rooted in its town, and extremely loyal to the thousands of fans who have helped get us here".

Pochettino will welcome back Jan Vertonghen after he served a one-game suspension in the Champions League on Tuesday night so the Belgian worldwide should make an immediate return at the back.

He may be rested this weekend as Pochettino eases the youngster back to full fitness but would be a useful option off the bench, should Spurs need some attacking inspiration. "But I think maybe that possibility didn't exist and I was more than happy for him to stay and give him the possibility to play".

Dele Alli will return against Huddersfield after missing the Apoel win through suspension.

Alli has also been fined 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,800) following the incident, although FIFA's disciplinary committee said it accepted the gesture had not been aimed at the referee.

"He's more mature today".

It is hard to see the 24-year-old leaving the North London outfit anytime soon, especially if the club themselves are not keen to sell him. "A lot of things (have) happened in that period".

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