Tottenham Hotspur have something of a striker problem on their hands. Harry Kane remains injured and Heung-min Son has now joined him in the treatment room with a broken arm.
It leaves the club looking at midfield converts, with Jose Mourinho seemingly of the belief that teenager Troy Parrott is not yet ready for first-team action.
However, Tottenham did also let another striker go in the January transfer window, one who is just about set for his return from injury.
The player in question is Kazaiah Sterling. After his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers was cut short by injury, Tottenham sent the frontman to his childhood club Leyton Orient until the end of the season.
He is yet to make a debut for his new team but is approaching a return to action from his previous injury.
So was his loan a mistake?
For most Tottenham fans, the answer would be a simple no. They would suggest Sterling is not at the level needed to play in the Tottenham first-team, with Parrott already a cut above.
However, Jose Mourinho may have been fond of Sterling’s style. He has seemingly taken an immediate shine to Japhet Tanganga, who is to know if Sterling could not have had a similar impact.
“Kazaiah and Luke Amos, they are working very well and they behave so good. That is why they deserve it, they have the quality as well in the position that we are looking to try to help the team tomorrow. We needed a midfielder, like Luke Amos, and another striker, like Kazaiah Sterling.”
– Mauricio Pochettino discussing Sterling in December 2017 (as reported by Football.London)
He also has more first-team experience than Parrott. The 21-year-old played eight times for Sunderland last season and had scored one goal in three appearances for Doncaster this season before his injury. Sterling also has one appearance for the Tottenham first-team, featuring against APOEL Nicosia in a 2017 Champions League win.
Tottenham could try and recall Sterling, of course, but it seems instead they will have to make do with the options currently available to them.
Whether or not Sterling could have had a breakthrough in the current circumstances will remain hypothetical.