Potential Attacking Options And Transfers For Tottenham Hotspur To Consider

Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has a major headache as he’s currently without top-scorers Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.

The duo have been the club’s main source for goals this term. Harry has scored fourteen Premier League strikes and created four assists. While Son has banged in eight league goals and set-up five assists for teammates.

Kane has suffered from yet another ankle injury, his fourth ankle problem since 2016, and will probably be out for the next two months. South Korean international Heung-Min has departed for the Asian Cup and that could see him out until the first week in February.

So how will Spurs cope with the loss of two influential forwards?

Well they could dive into the January transfer market and get a new recruit in before the window shuts.

Tottenham didn’t sign anyone during the summer window and money seems to be tight as The Lilywhites get closer to moving into their new stadium.

The Tottenham Hotspur twitter feed have today announced that the club have reached an agreement with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F to sell Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele:

According to BBC Sport, the deal should bring £11m into the London club’s coffers.

If Tottenham do decide to go out and bring in a new forward to bolster numbers then they won’t be going all out and spending huge money on a back-up.

With that in mind, two names could be attracting their interest.

Teamtalk have linked The White Hart Lane side with a move for Liverpool attacker Divock Origi.

That move would make some sense for Spurs. He’s still a young player at twenty-three and he has shown us glimpses that given opportunities he can cause problems. He’s mainly been used as a substitute during his time at Anfield and has scored thirteen league goals in fifty-three appearances.

Origi is a forward that possesses both power and speed, he can also score with his head. You’d imagine that he’d thrive with a top-class creator like Christian Eriksen providing him the best ammunition possible. He’d also be a striker that could link-up with an Erik Lamela or a Lucas Moura playing in and around him.

The Belgian international only has eighteen months left on his current deal and isn’t considered a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp but the big question is would Liverpool sell him to another top four side?

The Lilywhites could look to The Championship for a back-up option and chase a striker that Pochettino knows well in Jay Rodriguez.

Rodriguez worked under the Spurs boss at Southampton and flourished. His performances at The Saints during that period saw Jay receive an England cap. He was linked heavily with a move to Spurs before injury struck.

Unfortunately serious injury then curtailed his career and he struggled to hit top form again. But Rodriguez has played consistently in the past two seasons for West Bromwich Albion, this term he’s scored thirteen goals in England’s second tier.

According to Whoscored, the English forward averages 2.5 shots per game and he wins around 2 aerial duels per outing.

Jay Rodriguez would bring with him Premier League pedigree and he knows how Pochettino works. He’s also more mobile than current back-up striker Fernando Llorente.

Can Mauricio go with what he’s got? 

Llorente is an experienced forward that knows how to lead the line.

At thirty-three years of age, the Spaniard isn’t getting any younger and can’t stretch defences. Fernando is more of a focal point and will need to have the likes of Dele Alli, Lamela and Moura playing around him and do a lot of the running.

The Spanish striker hasn’t been used a lot this season, playing only thirty-six minutes in the league. So you’ve got to imagine that his match fitness won’t be at it’s best.

It might be time for Dutchman Vincent Janssen to prove himself in a Tottenham Hotspur jersey.

The striker signed after a prolific season with AZ Alkmaar but he’d only grab six goals in thirty-one games for Spurs. He also struggled last year during a loan spell at Fenerbahce and has his own injury problems at the moment. I’m not sure the Spurs faithful will believe he’s the answer!

Another possibility could be making do without a recognised frontman.

Lucas Moura played well at the start of this campaign playing through the middle, with Harry Kane being deployed deeper. Lucas would score three times in six games in that position.

So maybe Pochettino could play Lucas or Lamela in that role and have Dele Alli as the number ten being a link up man and a player that could support a makeshift striker.

Mauricio Pochettino isn’t scared of trying something different and he does believe in his squad, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he went for a false nine or use a makeshift front-man.

It’s certainly going to be intriguing to see how the Spurs coach deals with missing his two top forwards for the foreseeable future.

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