This is undoubtedly one of Tottenham’s most successful seasons in the Premier League era. They are looking good for a place in the Champions League, and are still in the hunt for the title. However, with Harry Kane their only proven striker, their title bid could suffer if he was to pick up an injury.
Of the 46 goals that Tottenham have scored in the Premier League, 15 of them have been scored by strikers. All of these have come from Kane. Clinton N’Jie is the only other recognised striker in the Spurs squad, and even he has been missing recently through injury.
This should really be a problem that Tottenham had sorted out in the summer, given that they went through a similar set of circumstances last season. Last season Kane was one of three strikers at the club, along with Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, both of whom had a poor goal return.
Both of them were sold in the summer, but only N’Jie was bought in to replace them, something that can only be seen as a failure of Tottenham’s transfer policy. The fact that they began the season with just two natural strikers put them at a massive disadvantage to their rivals, regardless of the quality of those strikers.
With 36 goals in just 58 Premier League games over the course of the past two seasons, Kane has proved that he is one of the division’s top strikers. But with league, Europa League and FA Cup fixtures coming up in the next month, Spurs may struggle to get by with just Kane and the unfit and unproven N’Jie.
Tottenham were believed to have an interest in West Brom’s Saido Berahino over the past two transfer windows, but were unable to complete a move despite the striker’s obvious desire to do so. Even though there was interest in the 22-year-old, the failure to sign a striker could come back to haunt Tottenham.
This is the first time Tottenham have had a realistic chance of winning the Premier League, but their failure to sign another quality striker could cost them.