Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was quick to temper enthusiasm with a dose of the inconvenient truth after his side came from behind to beat Swansea.
‘It is an exciting moment for us’ said the Argentine, ‘but some players we need to manage because some feel a little bit tired. We came from a very tough period.’
Pochettino was talking with the midweek visit to West Ham, which Spurs are even money to win, in mind.
But which of the players that started against the Swans could feasibly be rested while still fielding a side capable of beating the Irons on their own patch?
Shockingly Tottenham have a higher win percentage (57) and lower loss percentage (14) in games that Kane hasn’t started this season than those he has featured in from the off (win 55%, lose 15%).
Nacer Chadli or Heung-min Son are more than capable of deputising in a central role to afford him some respite.
The former has struck six times in his last ten games, while the latter has netted five in seven appearances as a centre-forward this season.
The Argentine has fully justified his continued presence at the club after an insipid start with a much more effective campaign, but his attacking output suggests there may be others more full of vim and vigour at present.
He has scored just once in his last 14 Premier League appearances and assisted just one more goal during that period.
Resting him for the visit to the Boleyn Ground would allow Christian Eriksen, more decisive of late, to return to the central role that best suits him.
The talented teen hobbled from the field after playing 90 minutes against the Swans, despite doing himself a mischief in the warm up.
Luckily the return to fitness of Ryan Mason, a similarly energetic central-midfield presence with an eye for goal has come at the ideal time.
The older player of the pair proved himself ready for the rigours of Premier League football once again when starting and scoring in the 3-0 Europa League win over Fiorentina.