Tottenham Hotspur were “naive” not to sign a striker in January in the wake of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane’s injuries, Spurs cult hero Les Ferdinand has told the Evening Standard.
Spurs opted not to bring in a centre-forward in the transfer window just gone, a decision which has backfired after Son was ruled out due to an arm fracture which required surgery.
While the Tottenham website estimated “a number of weeks” out, Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho questioned that timescale issued by the club and doubts that the 27-year-old will be back this season, as reported by BBC Sport.
Last summer, Spurs sold Vincent Janssen and let Fernando Llorente leave the club after his contract expired, leaving Harry Kane as the only out-and-out striker – and he suffered a hamstring injury on New Year’s Day.
“I think they tried and who they tried to get they weren’t able to,” QPR director of football Ferdinand told the Evening Standard. “There’s not a great deal out there that you’re going to bring in to make you much better.
“But people probably look at that and say ‘Why didn’t you go and buy one?’. Yes, Son was on fire at the time, so perhaps they were thinking that it wasn’t too much of a problem. But unfortunately he’s got injured and now it seems a little naive.”
Naive is an understatement – where Tottenham find themselves now is a culmination of bad transfer decisions stemming from last summer.
Sure, Vincent Janssen had not impressed at Spurs and his departure was no surprise, but a replacement for him should really have been on the agenda.
Then, letting Llorente run his contract down and allowing him to leave on a free – the Spaniard proved he was a superb deputy in Kane’s absence last season.
And then Kane getting injured on the first day of the year, which would have given Spurs plenty of time to bring in a new striker – and that wasn’t done, seemingly because of the faith put into Son.
With the £22million signing now on the sidelines, there is now a worry that Spurs will merely be left treading water for the rest of the season, what with a cobbled-together makeshift attack.
Tottenham have made their bed, now they must lie in it – and hopefully, lessons have been learned for next summer and beyond.