The Chalkboard: Tottenham should use Lucas Moura up front until Kane returns

There are currently no signs of Tottenham acquiring a new centre forward to replace the injured Harry Kane, but could the solution be right under Mauricio Pochettino’s nose?

On the chalkboard

Tottenham are expected to be without Kane until March after the talisman damaged his ankle in the defeat to Manchester United, as reported by BBC Sport.

Kane has scored 14 league goals this season and also added four assists, as per Whoscored, and the simultaneous departure of Son Heung-min to the Asian Cup means Pochettino has just one natural centre forward in Fernando Llorente.

Given the Spaniard showed on Sunday that he is more likely to score in his own net than the one at the other end, should Pochettino give up on the veteran and hand the responsibility to Lucas Moura?

The 26-year-old is expected to return to action this week, according to Football.London.

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Good news for Alli and Eriksen?

Well, the Brazil international played up front in perhaps Tottenham’s best performance of the season, scoring twice in the rip-roaring 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

His pace, electricity on the ball and constant movement in behind stretched an already-disorganised Manchester United defence, allowing tons of space for the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to exploit.

With Alli also now ruled out until March, according to BBC Sport, Eriksen needs to step up in the absence of Tottenham’s star duo, and playing a striker who constantly forces the defence to run back towards their own goal will make life an awful lot easier for him.

A new partnership?

It may also be possible to hand Lucas the nod without giving up on Llorente completely, as Pochettino has often elected for a diamond midfield with two up front this season.

Once again, this was on show in the win at Old Trafford with Kane and Lucas acting as the perfect foil for each other, and while Llorente won’t offer anything near what the England international does, he will occupy defenders and win aerial duels, allowing Lucas to cause mayhem.

To some, this may seem like a cut-price version of the Kane-Son partnership that has torn the league to shreds over the winter period, but it is surely a better option than sticking Llorente up front on his own, as was the case at Craven Cottage last weekend.

So, Tottenham, fans, would you like to see Lucas up front until Kane returns? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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