sport news Pochettino is having a fine Spurs season yet club seems beset by anger

In the analysis suites at Barcelona's training ground, the club scouts have recently identified a need for a new No 9.

Their gaze extends to English football and the targets of Catalan desire are Marcus Rashford of and Harry Kane of Tottenham. Curiously, Barcelona have also taken a shine to Leicester City's left back Ben Chilwell.

What Barcelona want and what Barcelona will end up with are different matters. Rashford is in the midst of contract negotiations at Old Trafford, while Kane is the Tottenham boy done good.

Mauricio Pochettino poses with his manager of the year gong at the London Football Awards

Mauricio Pochettino poses with his manager of the year gong at the London Football Awards

The striker is the embodiment of this Spurs team and even the lure of Catalonia and vast riches will not tempt him away this summer.

The question, however, is how long Tottenham can expect to rely on the better nature of their key players. Sitting in third place with a five-point cushion over fifth-placed and sailing into the Champions League quarter-finals, this has been another very good season for Tottenham.

Why is it, therefore, that it does not always feel this way? Amid defeats at Burnley and Chelsea this week, Tottenham appeared beset by angst and frustration. Manager Mauricio Pochettino lost control when confronting referee Mike Dean at Turf Moor and Kane seemed similarly irritated in the heat of battle at Stamford Bridge.

Perhaps this is mere coincidence. Or perhaps the exasperating cycle of spring setbacks is getting to the club's leading lights. The lack of silverware is the obvious sticking point and Pochettino's admission this week that his side may be five years away from a Premier League title did little to lift the unease.

In the television studio, former Chelsea player Joe Cole offered a useful insight into the dressing room. Cole said: 'If I'm Harry Kane and Dele Alli and my manager says we're five, 10 years away from winning a trophy, I'm on the phone to my agent.'

Pochettino often talks sense. He is correct when he points out that consistent Champions League football is a fabulous achievement when set against the modest net spend of only £29m since he joined Tottenham in 2014.

Barcelona are interested in signing Spurs talisman Harry Kane, pictured on Wednesday night

Barcelona are interested in signing Spurs talisman Harry Kane, pictured on Wednesday night

On Friday, Pochettino was railing against the immediacy of modern life, saying: 'The feeling is a bit weird. Everyone before the start of the season would sign up to be in the position that we're in today, and you're saying to me, "It's only four points ahead of Arsenal". Tottenham deserve big praise for being in this position.

'You win against Dortmund and you are the best and you are so strong, and you lose after and you are so soft and the worst.'

Pochettino is talking logically and he also pointed out that Saturday's opponents have

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