Tottenham Hotspur have one week to get themselves a new striker.
Harry Kane is out for the foreseeable after undergoing surgery on a ruptured hamstring, and Jose Mourinho is expected to dip into the transfer market.
Lots of names are being mentioned, including the likes of Krzysztof Piątek, Willian Jose and even Christian Benteke.
The likelihood is that Spurs will do business since they cannot really rely on youngster Troy Parrott to deputise for Kane.
But should they get someone in, there will obviously be no guarantees that the individual will be able to do a job for Mourinho.
It is therefore in the Portuguese’s best interests to consider a Plan B.
Something he could do is perhaps follow the attacking blueprint Jurgen Klopp has in place at Liverpool.
TBR’s view – Alli could be Tottenham’s Firmino
In Dele Alli, Mourinho has a player who has experience of playing in very advanced positions.
The England international often finds himself in the penalty area supporting Kane, and so maybe he should just be deployed as a false nine in his teammate’s absence.
Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has made the transition from attacking midfielder to false nine in recent years and perhaps Alli has the potential to play a similar role for Spurs.
With Alli coming deep like Firmino, and Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son running into the space behind in the style of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, Spurs could have great success in the absence of their talisman Kane.
Alli is a very intelligent footballer, and it is a gamble that is definitely worth some consideration by Mourinho, especially if a new striker comes in and fails to deliver.