Tim Sherwood believes that Tottenham are only a class forward away from being a top four side.
The former Spurs midfielder was ousted from the dugout following just half a season in charge at White Hart Lane over the summer, after guiding the club to sixth following Andre Villas-Boas dismissal.
During his time in charge in north London, Sherwood called Emmanuel Adebayor back in from the wilderness at the club and made him the focal point of his attack.
The Togolese star has since retained that role under Mauricio Pochettino, but his erratic nature led to talk that a new striker would be signed during the transfer window.
Beyond Adebayor the Lilywhites have only youngster Harry Kane and £26m flop Roberto Soldado to call upon, and Sherwood believes that another quality option in the final third would give them enough to challenge for the top four and Champions League qualification:
“Tottenham are one striker short of challenging for a top four spot,” he told talkSPORT. “It doesn’t get any easier to break into the top four.
“The emergence of Liverpool has put everyone’s nose out because it’s another spot which looks like it’s going to be taken. Brendan has done a great job there.”