Tottenham have a problem. It might be a nice one to have, in many ways, but it does still need to be solved: how do you find a striker who is prolific in the Premier League, but who would fit into the team and be happy to play second fiddle to Harry Kane for most of the season.
Clearly, the last two attempts to find an answer didn’t work. Son Heung-Min has developed into a very good signing for the club this season, but last year, when he was seen as back-up to Harry Kane, the South Korean didn’t shine in the role. This year, Vincent Janssen has cut a similar figure.
This summer, you’d imagine a striker is needed, not just to provide backup to Harry Kane, but to put pressure on him, too. After three seasons of producing the goods, it’s clear that Kane is going from strength to strength, but three years of consistently high levels of performance is hard to maintain, especially if you don’t have an understudy threatening to take your place.
Janssen may turn out to be that man. He may come into his own next season, providing Tottenham with everything they want from a second-choice striker. But it would be taking a chance not to dip into the transfer market for a more reliable choice. At this juncture, relying on Janssen is a gamble taken without any evidence to suggest that he’ll be any better next season.
Perhaps, though, Spurs should be looking towards Bournemouth’s Josh King. The Norwegian forward has scored 16 league goals this season for a team who have relied on his goals to take them to the comfort of mid-table, away from the relegation battle below them.
Rated at £3.83m by Transfermarkt.com, he would surely cost Spurs much more than that, but if they were able to get him for that price it would represent an absolute steal for a player who has already proved he can score Premier League goals and shoulder the pressure to provide his team with important strikes in their quest to stay in the division – something they managed comfortably.
There is no question that Spurs will need to spend this summer in order to build on their fabulous form over the last two seasons, but getting a player with the ability to keep his performance levels solid even though he’ll be backup to Kane is a difficult signing to find. It might well be a player like King who fits the bill perfectly.