Will a lack of fire power cost Spurs this season?
It’s been another summer of busy transfer activity at White Hart Lane.
A lot of the deadwood has been shipped out, and a few tidy acquisitions have come in. However, there remains an area of the pitch where Spurs are lacking any real depth, and that is upfront.
Harry Kane’s breakthrough season was pretty unbelievable. He was almost unheard of this time last year, but after netting over thirty goals, he’s become Spurs’ new number ten and a certainty in the England national team.
But Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino can’t be expecting Kane to replicate his goal scoring heroics once again this season. He is still just twenty-two years of age and has only played one full season of top flight football.
That doesn’t mean Kane can’t or won’t score a similar amount again, he obviously has the potential and ability to do so. But how many teams have we seen strikers suffer from the dreaded ‘second season syndrome’?
Opposition defences become savvier when finding out methods to neutralise forwards. The second season is always more difficult because so much is expected and demanded from fans and pundits alike. This is the case with Kane, because he’s Spurs’ only hope.
Roberto Soldado has ended his disastrous spell in North London by agreeing a return to Spain with La Liga side Villarreal. Emmanuel Adebayor seems to have been out-casted by Pochettino and it’s likely he’ll be moved on come the end of August, with Aston Villa and West Ham reportedly interested.
Pochettino has brought in a new forward, though. Clinton N’Jie has joined from Lyon, but aged just twenty-two and after scoring only six goals for the French outfit last season, N’Jie is not the ideal candidate you want to support Kane.
They might be lacking firepower up top but they certainly don’t lack creativity from midfield. With the likes of Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend, Moussa Dembele and Eric Lamela, Tottenham host a plethora of players who can create chances.
But what if Kane is not in form? Can Pochettino really rely on a Cameroonian international with no knowledge of the Premier League? It’s shown already this season, despite it being very early on, that when Kane isn’t at his best, Spurs struggle to break teams down.
There is still plenty of time between now and the end of the transfer market and for me there are two strikers who stand out which Spurs should make a move for.
Both Saido Berahino and Charlie Austin have shown they can score goals in the Premier League, and as young Englishmen, they will be able to form a great relationship and understanding with the main man Kane.
Austin scored a whopping eighteen goals for a QPR side that ended up getting relegated last season, imagine how many he would score at White Hart Lane with the likes of Eriksen and Chadli supplying him…
This new season is yet another testing one for Spurs. Will they really push hard and try and break into the top four? Or will it be a case of coming up short and settling for a Europa League spot once again? Right now it’s impossible to say, but if Pochettino can bring in a top striker, then who’s to say Spurs won’t be playing Champions League football in 2016?
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