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Tottenham Hotspur scouts are struggling to identify a back-up option for Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur scouts are struggling to identify a back-up option for Harry Kane - Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur have been scoring goals freely during the Christmas period but that has not prevented them from searching for a new centre-forward, according to a recent report. 

Indeed, Spurs have been in electric form in front of goal in recent days with successive victories over Everton and Bournemouth producing 11 goals, many of which were of an incredibly high quality.

Everything is falling into place at the right time for Spurs and the fact they have usurped Man City to occupy 2nd place in the Premier League speaks volumes about how exceptionally they have performed this season, particularly given the circumstances regarding their new stadium move.

And with the January window set to open for business in just a few days time speculation is beginning to intensify regarding a handful of potential ins and outs.

It remains to be seen whether or not Daniel Levy will be willing to spend next month, but if he does decide to bring in a new player there is a high chance it will be a centre-forward.

According to the Daily Mail, Spurs scouts have been searching for a new striker to support Harry Kane, although Kane’s presence as the undisputed first-choice could prove problematic.

‘The concern is whether they have enough cover for Kane should he pick up an injury. Club scouts have been looking to strengthen that position but finding quality in January for someone who is essentially going to sit on the bench barring a mishap is not easy.’

Pochettino’s second striker conundrum has plagued the club ever since Kane established himself as the first-choice forward. The England international is relentlessly consistent and rarely injured for any significant length of time, and those who have been called upon to deputise on a handful of occasions, such as Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen, have fallen desperately short of the standard required.

The failure of Pochettino’s centre-forwards to impress in Kane’s absence has resulted in a central role for Son Heung-min on a handful of occasions, but the latest report suggests he only represents a short-term solution to the problem.

Tottenham are faced with a catch 22 situation: not signing a new centre-forward leaves them short of a backup if Kane suffers an unfortunate long-term setback, but serious questions would need to be asked about the mentality of any player who is willing to agree to a transfer which will guarantee nothing more than a place on the bench.

Either way, it appears Spurs are searching for a solution to a long-term problem and that should give supporters reason to believe a new striker could be moving to north London in January.

Tottenham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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