Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned Saints they cannot afford to focus solely on the threat of Harry Kane when they take on Tottenham at St Mary’s this afternoon.

Kane has scored in three of his last four matches since from returning from injury and is in typically good touch having netted 23 times for Spurs already this season.

The 25-year-old also has form against Saints, having scored in five of his last six appearances against the club, bagging a total of seven goals in that time.

However, as tempting as it may be to focus on quietening the England man, Hasenhuttl is trying to encourage his players to contain all of Tottenham’s attacking threats.

“I think he is not only the guy who is scoring in front but he moves sometimes out of the first line, comes deeper and get the balls to develop the game,” said Hasenhuttl of Kane.

“He is more than a finisher but sometimes he reduced to only this strength.

“He is a very good package of an attacking player and if he has a chance then it’s a goal.

“This team showed when Kane was injured that they still were successful and that means Tottenham is not only Kane. It is more than this, and that makes it difficult.”

Saints come into the match on the back of a win against Fulham and a late defeat against Manchester United.

“If you want to compare these games it is not so easy. One game we took points and the other we didn’t and that’s the only thing interesting for me,” said Hasenhuttl.

“We didn’t play so bad at Old Trafford for sure and if you see what momentum this team was in you can see how good this performance was. We took them to the limit and made them give everything they had but they won and we lost and that’s something you don’t like as a manager, to lose points, to lose the game.”

Hasenhuttl has admiration for the job Mauricio Pochettino ahs done at Spurs and added: “This manager working at Tottenham is outstanding to see what he builds of this team and this club.

“He created quality without spending huge money and I think that is a way that showed how much quality this manager has.

“I think if you see the performance of this team they always play the perfect pass and the perfect moment and find exactly the space you give them and to defend such a team is very difficult for a team like we are.

“That means preparing for such a game and watching this opponent there is so much quality you see.

“If technical quality meets tactical performance that is the job this manager does in Tottenham and it will be a very interesting game in the weekend.”