Tottenham Hotspur’s second-striker conundrum has plagued the club in recent years as the likes of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have struggled to play the bit-part role which has been expected of them.
There are similarities to be drawn between Janssen and Llorente: both are players who have never relied on pace to succeed in their footballing careers, but that factor has served to stagnate their development at Spurs.
Whilst playing the role of Harry Kane’s understudy, both of the aforementioned players have failed miserably to step into his shoes when called upon, despite their relative success prior to joining the club.
The main problem for both players relates to Harry Kane’s brilliance; Tottenham are a team who thrive with Kane at the spearhead of the attack, so Pochettino has been reluctant to introduce either Janssen or Llorente when his first-choice centre-forward has been fit and ready to play.
There is only one obvious solution to the problem: to sign a versatile attacker who can play in multiple roles within Pochettino’s free-flowing system.
Indeed, there are plenty of players in European football who are able to play at centre-forward and within other positions across an attacking midfield-three.
Son Heung-min, for example, adapted excellently to a centre-forward role last season when Kane suffered an injury, proving that the presence of a natural centre-forward is far from necessary within Tottenham’s squad.
Although Daniel Levy will be eager to hold off on securing the signings of any new players until Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele provide some clarity with regards to their futures, he should be willing to finance the acquisition of a new attacking player to solve a major club problem this summer.
With that in mind, here are two players who Tottenham should target to support Kane in his centre-forward duties next season…