Opinion: Mauricio Pochettino must sign striker in January to succeed this season

Tottenham Hotspur have started the 2018/19 Premier League season brightly, picking up nine point from their opening four fixtures, and having found the net on nine occasions, scoring doesn’t seem to be a problem – yet, anyway.

What’s the issue?

Whilst last season’s Premier League golden boot runner-up Harry Kane is exceptional in front of goal, and doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon having pick up two goals already this campaign, the 25-year-old striker is one injury away from causing a real tactical headache for Mauricio Pochettino.

With 41 goals in all competitions at club level last season, and a further six at the 2018 FIFA World Cup England, Kane is certainly a top level forward, but with a backup option of Fernando Llorente, perhaps a new second-choice front man is needed by Spurs.

With the transfer window closed, Pochettino will have to wait until January to secure the signing of a new striker.

With the likes of Brazilian Lucas Moura currently in great form, having already found the net three times this season, and Asian Cup champion Son Heung-Min due back at Spurs for the coming matches, Tottenham’s attacking arsenal is strong – but the acquisition of a back-up out-and-out goalscorer could make a real difference this season.

What can Tottenham do?

Mauricio Pochettino, who received criticism throughout the transfer window over his lack of summer spending, must dip into the January transfer market, and secure the signing of a new front man.

Whilst convincing a striker who is starting matches and scoring goals to join a club where they are all but certain to sit on the bench week in, week out may be difficult, it is a must for Tottenham to progress further as a club.

With starting forwards perhaps unlikely to make the move, maybe an upgrade on their current backup, Fernando Llorente, would suffice.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, who has scored one goal in 16 Premier League appearances last season, has played just nine minutes of football this season, in a short substitute cameo appearance in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at the hands of high-flying Watford.

Whoever they target, Tottenham Hotspur must get the quality back-up striker they desperately need.