Tottenham will return to Premier League action this weekend by travelling to take on the division’s current bottom team, Sunderland, at the Stadium of Light.
With the North London outfit picking up only three points from their first four games and winless as yet, Mauricio Pochettino will see this fixture as an ideal opportunity to record the team’s first victory of the new campaign.
Although relinquishing leads against Stoke and Leicester will be particularly frustrating for the White Hart Lane faithful, a lack of goals so far in 2015-16 is also a concern.
Three strikes so far has been a modest total for Spurs, with the side being guilty of being wasteful in front of goal when given opportunities.
Although the deadline day purchase of West Brom’s Saido Berahino fell through at the eleventh hour, Tottenham have still bolstered their attacking options this summer and will be confident of becoming more ruthless when given chances in the future.
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The international break saw a host of the club’s players leave to represent their countries and there should a sense of renewed optimism as the stars all return. Specifically in the attacking third, a number of Tottenham’s players put in strong showings for their respective nations and more importantly hit the back of the net.
Harry Kane has yet to find the net this term, with heightened expectations on the homegrown talent after his 31-goal campaign in 2014-15.
However, with the international break giving the striker a chance to get away from club responsibilities, he should be returning to White Hart Lane with a spring in his step.
Kane came off the bench against Switzerland to make a real difference for Roy Hodgson’s men and importantly got his first goal for the new campaign.
This makes it three goals in four international outings for the Spurs youngster, who will hope to continue his goalscoring form with a strike against the Wearsiders this weekend.
Meanwhile, new signing Son Heung-min was arguably the name that attacked the most excitement of the new faces to arrive in North London over the summer and looks set to make his debut at the Stadium of Light.
The South Korea international is versatile enough to play in a number of different positions in the final third, but regardless of where Pochettino opts to use him, he will be responsible for helping to take some of the goal burden off Kane’s shoulders.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man gave Spurs fans a taste of his eye for goal in a recent friendly, netting a hat-trick in his country’s 8-0 hammering of Laos.
Although the opposition is very modest, the fact that the new attacker has scored these goals while on international duty can only be a positive thing for his mindset ahead of making his Tottenham bow.
Spurs are yet to hit their straps in front of goal this season, but if the international break is anything to go by it appears that it is only a matter of time before the goals come.