Plenty was made of Harry Kane’s supposed lack of match fitness during the international break with concerns over a potential burnout dominating the headlines.
Despite ending his bizarre August hoodoo and claiming the Golden Boot at the World Cup there remains a feeling that something just isn’t quite right with Harry Kane.
Whether that notion is based on a short-term train of thought or a genuine understanding of the facts depends on your standpoint but, despite the media frenzy over Kane’s fitness in the past fortnight, it’s fair to say he’s not been at his electric best.
2 goals and 1 assist this season – including a wonderfully taken header at Old Trafford – prove that he has not lost his goal scoring touch, but his desire to influence the game both from deep positions and in the penalty area is a factor which contributes to a tired-looking performance at times.
The problem for Pochettino is that he has little by way of alternative options to call upon at centre-forward, whereas his rivals are blessed with quality alternatives: Pep Guardiola has both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at his disposal, Jose Mourinho has Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial if Romelu Lukaku needs replacing and Maurizio Sarri has Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.
Meanwhile, at Tottenham, Pochettino has 33-year-old Fernando Llorente and a lacklustre Vincent Jansson to call upon.
Indeed, if Spurs want to continue to challenge at the summit of the Premier League, ensure Kane is well looked after, and explore the possibility of playing with 2 strikers, they need to sign a new attacker who has the potential to thrive in north London, namely Andrea Belotti.
Torino’s 24-year-old captain has been one of the most prolific strikers in Serie A since he signed for the club from Palermo for a fee of just £7.56 million in 2015.
Since then his valued has more than quadrupled to £34.2 million (as per Transfermarkt) after scoring 56 goals and providing 20 assists from 114 appearances in all-competitions.
A natural poacher by trade, Belotti is lethal inside the penalty area and exceptionally gifted in the air for a man who is not particularly tall at 5ft 10in.
Not only would Belotti provide Pochettino with an ideal alternative to Kane at the spearhead of the attack, he would give the Tottenham boss an opportunity to experiment with different formations and combinations to ensure his side maintain an element of unpredictability.
After establishing himself as something of a Serie A goal-machine there’s no doubt that it would take a huge fee to prise Belotti away from Torino, but on the evidence of his career so far it would be one well worth paying to ensure Kane continues to thrive at Tottenham.
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