With the 2015/16 Premier League season just around the corner, the same questions are posed as always for Tottenham Hotspur. Will Tottenham finish in the top 4? What Deadline Day magic does Daniel Levy have up his sleeve this time? Who will score goals this season?
As far as the last question goes, Harry Kane will shoulder a good portion of that load. However, he can’t do it all by himself.
Rumors are circulating that Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are both out the door, leaving no strikers from last year’s first team outside of Kane.
While Saido Berahino and Timo Werner are rumored to be making a move to White Hart Lane, it will likely take a bit of time for them to get settled. While they get their feet underneath them, two players specifically will have to step up: Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela.
In the 2014/15 season, Chadli had a breakout campaign for Tottenham, scoring 11 goals in the Premier League and 13 in all competitions. Lamela had a decent rebound season, scoring 5 goals in all competitions with 2 of those coming in the Premier League; however, Lamela did lead the club with 7 Premier League assists last season.
More importantly, Spurs found great success whenever Chadli or Lamela scored. Tottenham only lost one time in 2014/15 across all competitions when at least one of them scored, accumulating a record of 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats in those games.
Chadli showed how important he is to the Tottenham attack with his bomb from outside the box against AC Milan in the Audi Cup earlier this week. Until Berahino, Werner, or any other strikers come into the fold, Chadli will be called upon to spell Kane at forward when he isn’t playing out wide.
As for Lamela, a return to his Roma form when he scored 15 league goals would do wonders for Spurs, and also keep his spot in the XI ahead of the likes of Mousa Dembele and Alex Pritchard.
For an added bonus, both Chadli and Lamela were a part of the “Magnificent Seven” that were acquired with the Gareth Bale money in the summer of 2013. Three of those seven have already left unceremoniously (Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches), and as stated earlier, Soldado could be on the go very soon as well. Christian Eriksen has already established himself as a success in North London, and many goals this season from Chadli and Lamela could help further salvage the public opinion of the “Magnificent Seven”.
All in all, Harry Kane will get his goals in 2015/16, but he’ll need Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela to contribute to the goal tally as well. If they can do that, the first question that was posed here will be answered with a resounding “Yes”.