The 2015 summer transfer window has officially closed, and Tottenham Hotspur have failed to address their biggest need.
Aside from Harry Kane, Spurs have had a massive question mark up top since last season, and that question mark has only grown bigger now that Daniel Levy has failed to secure the transfer of not only a suitable backup, but any true striker at all.
Instead of continuing down this doom and gloom path, which wouldn’t be hard given the mishandling of yet another transfer window, I want to shift from frustration to focusing on the players currently on the roster.
These current players are in no way the cause of the mismanagement of the summer transfer window. The squad, especially the attacking players, need the backing of the supporters.
Kane will be asked to shoulder an unfair amount of the attacking load this season, but this is no different than last season. Every Spurs fan knows his quality, and despite being a bit out of form currently, he will undoubtedly find his stride and score his fair share of goals.
The problem will be Kane’s workload. He needs to start most, if not all, of Tottenham’s Premier League fixtures. What do Spurs do for the Cups, Europa League, and when Kane needs a rest? Let’s look at some options:
Chadli has been the backup striker for Kane the first four weeks of the season. He has shown that he has the ability to score double digit goals, as he did last season. He failed to make an impact when he went to striker for the final third of the Stoke City game, but to be fair, the entire squad was quite poor in the second half. Chadli can definitely fill-in in a bind and create some good opportunities, as long as he is played at striker in small doses.
Son is no stranger to scoring goals, having scored 17 for Bayer Leverkusen in 2014/15. He also has experience playing as a forward for his native South Korea. However, Son will be getting plenty of playing time with the first team as a winger. He can shift to forward if Kane needs to be taken off, but he’ll need a breather during those Cup and Europa games.
N’Jie is the most logical choice to be the true back-up to Harry Kane. He received playing time as a forward last season with Lyon, albeit alongside fellow forward Alexandre Lacazette, and scored eight goals during the 2014/15 campaign. Though he was originally signed to bring pace to the wing, N’Jie could see plenty of action at forward during Cup and Europa League games, while coming on as a sub for Chadli or Son out wide in the Premier League.
The youngster Onomah is definitely not ready for regular playing time with the first team, nor should he expected to be ready. However, he does provide an interesting option for those Cup and Europa League fixtures. A stellar season with the U21’s plus a bit of playing time with the first team in Cup and Europa fixtures in 2015/16 could help propel Onomah into the first team sooner rather than later.
Kidding… but wouldn’t that be something if Tottenham and Adebayor could magically makeup and have him score some goals while impressing for his next contract.