Tottenham Hotspur prepare for the 2017/18 Premier League season in the home of English football, Wembley. They signed off their final year at White Hart Lane with an impressive second-placed finish, but they will be looking to go one better and get their hands on their first title in the Premier League era.
Tottenham have arguably been the most consistent side in the top flight over the past two seasons, and one of the main reasons behind this consistency is one of Europe’s best centre forwards, Harry Kane. The Englishman is one of just five players who have secured the Premier League Golden Boot in consecutive seasons and has managed 54 league goals in 68 games across the two seasons.
However, every title-winning side needs good strength-in-depth, and that is something that Kane hasn’t had the benefit of in the last two seasons.
Tottenham signed Vincent Janssen last summer as a backup for the 24-year-old, but he failed to set English football alight and his poor form piled even more pressure on the shoulders of Harry Kane. While strengthening their squad is probably top of the list in this transfer window, a number two for their number nine should be right up there.
As mentioned above, the pressure on Harry Kane to perform and to remain fit was immense last season, and although he couldn’t have dealt with the increased pressure any better, there is no guarantee that next season will be the same.
A run into the knockout stages of the Champions League as well as runs in the domestic cup competitions means that fatigue might be a factor for Tottenham’s players this season. With another striker in the squad, it will give Kane the chance to rest when this fatigue kicks in and will provide a mental and physical boost.
Bringing in another striker will also give Mauricio Pochettino the chance to re-structure his side and play with two conventional strikers instead of the lone striker he has opted for in the last 24 months. While Dele Alli was used as a shadow striker for the majority of last season, the introduction of another high-quality centre forward would allow him to drop further back into midfield, his original favoured position.
While there were several Tottenham players who managed to score a few goals for the London club last season, a potential absence of their star striker through injury or suspension would see them suffer massively in front of goal. This could cost them a place in the top four as a tally of between 20 and 30 goals per season from one player is a brilliant contribution and is one of many reasons why successful clubs make their way to the top.
Tottenham’sr lack of transfer activity has frustrated their fans and confused fans of other teams, especially after the departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City. Kieran Trippier has signed a new bumper deal and is expected to cover that vacancy, but the annoyance among their fan base remains.