In 2015, Harry Kane was the highest scorer in the Premier League with 27 goals. However, if Kane was to get injured, Tottenham have no natural striker to come in for him.
In the summer, Tottenham paid Lyon £14 million for the services of forward Clinton N’Jie. At times, N’Jie has shown real potential with his performances. However, the Cameroonian picked up a knee injury that means he is likely to be out for around three months.
Even he though isn’t a natural striker. When Mauricio Pochettino has turned to the 22-year-old, he has played him out on the wing. For Lyon last season, he would often play a supporting role for Ligue 1 top scorer Alexandre Lacazette.
It was clear in the summer that, having sold the misfiring Roberto Soldado to Villareal, Spurs would need another striker to back up Kane. Saido Berahino is the man who has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane, but he isn’t the man who Tottenham should sign.
On transfer deadline day in September, Spurs made a number of bids for Berahino, the biggest of which believed to be around £25 million. When West Brom rejected the bids, Berahino tweeted his anger, claiming he would never play for Chairman Jeremy Peace.
His negative attitude is not something that would work well with Spurs boss Pochettino, whose current side is based around the idea of hard work and dedication. Even at Southampton, he consistently demanded more from his players on the pitch. This is not a philosophy that Berahino fits.
At 22, there is no reason why Pochettino can’t get the most out of him, but it would take a hell of a lot of work. The striker’s issues are not just on the pitch. His attention has shifted since his failed summer move, and this is shown by rumours that he rarely turns up for training on time.
He is also very much a striker who runs hot and cold. In 80 Premier League games, he has scored 22 goals. This is not the record of a top Premier League striker. You could say that he is playing in one of the league’s weaker sides, but Charlie Austin scored 17 goals for a QPR side that finished in the Premier League relegation zone.
Often this season, he has cut a frustrated figure, and this has shown in his lethargic performances. In a Tony Pulis side, this is not the sort of attitude that you can afford to show, and it is the obvious reason as to why he has been on the bench for the Brummies’ last six games.
He has been caught up in a media storm for his actions on and off the field, and he has begun to be believe his own hype. Berahino has enough talent to be a very good Premier League striker; he just needs to rekindle his love for the game. Once he finds this, he may be good enough for a move to a top side.
Tottenham may make the decision to take the risk of signing Berahino in the hope that they can rejuvenate the striker. But if they want to make it into the Champions League places, they need to sign a striker that they can trust. For £25 million, they can do much better in this department than Berahino.