Tottenham boss Antonio Conte said it will be “difficult” to rotate Harry Kane after the striker scored his second goal in as many Premier League games to kickstart their win over Crystal Palace.
Kane opened the scoring before Lucas Moura doubled their lead. Son Heung-min sealed the victory with Spurs’ third after the break.
The England captain scored only once in the league before 19 December, but goals against Liverpool and Palace in back-to-back league games have impressed Spurs’ Italian manager.
“I always say we are talking about a top-class striker and a player that for us is very important and that leads in football matches today,” Conte told BBC Sport.
“Today I had the possibility to give him a bit of rest and for him to play only 60 minutes was important. Kane is a player it is very difficult to decide to put in a rotation.“
Conte substituted Kane just after the hour mark, with fixtures against Southampton and Watford coming up in the next six days.