PFA Players’ Player and Young Player of the Year nominee Harry Kane is back in the frame after getting half-an-hour under his belt as a second-half substitute in last week’s 4-0 triumph over Watford.
While he admits the England front man could be influential if he comes back into the starting line-up, Howe is wary of the threats posed by our whole team as he bids to mastermind a first win since March 18 for his side.
“Kane is one of their key players but it’s very difficult to focus on one player because if he doesn’t punish you, someone else will,” Howe said.
“You always want to play against their best players but you do tend not to focus on the individual player unless there’s key information and a key strength or weakness. But I think we’ll be well prepared.”
The Cherries frustrated us at the Vitality Stadium back in October, the game ending without score.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s meeting, Howe hopes his charges can produce another result to put further daylight between themselves and the drop zone.
“I knew how good a performance that was,” he said, recalling the October clash. “We were very good, very aggressive, we looked solid and kept a clean sheet. We’ve got to look to match that if not better it.
“I was very impressed with (Spurs) last season and if anything I’m even more impressed with them this season. Last year, probably with Manchester City, they were our toughest opponents and the game will be one of our toughest this year.
“They have a young squad and a great manager so the future looks bright.”