Why Spurs need this star signing to avoid a potentially massive 2016/17 problem

The talk of summer 2015 and likely to be speculated about for the coming few months, Alexandre Lacazette is set to be on the move this summer. It seems as though half of Europe are eyeing up the Lyon man, and though his 2015/16 has not been quite as sensational as his 2014/15, the French striker could just be the man for Spurs this summer.

Whilst their London rivals West Ham are all likely to consider a move for the Ligue 1 man, it should be Spurs’ first priority. The end of season collapse from the Lilywhites shows a lack of squad depth and even Harry Kane needs competition from his place and a high quality stand-in. The intense style of play that is demanded by Mauricio Pochettino does not lend itself to a thin squad and it most certainly requires plenty of alternatives. Lacazette would be perfect for this very reason.

Heung-min Son and Nacer Chadli have both slotted in superbly as makeshift centre-forwards on occasions, but the lack of a genuine number nine other than Kane could really cripple any title challenge next season. Points-wise, this season was not the best Spurs have had and they will need to avoid the fatigue factor next season to prove that 2015/16 was no flash in the pan. Lacazette, solely, would not make it a satisfactory summer for Spurs, but it would be a heck of a start. At only 24, he fits the current squad profile, too.

Kane, particularly with the Champions League coming to White Hart Lane next season, will need time to rest. Even if that is more regularly being substituted, or not even travelling on the easier away trips, the signing of a player of Lacazette’s calibre would desperately aid their star man. The centre-forward is so pivotal in Tottenham’s set-up and there is a mammoth demand of them from other sides, too. Kane needs to work tirelessly, as would Lacazette, and they need to provide a hefty proportion of the goals, as Kane did this season. Fortuitously, that is unlikely to be of concern for Lacazette, who contributed 32% of Lyon’s goals this season with his 21 in the league.

Tottenham fans will be dreaming of going one step further in 2016/17. They will be thinking that the freak victory from Leicester was just that, an anomaly. Aside from a slight dip towards the end of the campaign, Spurs really pushed the Foxes as far as they possibly could have done. A marquee signing of Lacazette’s stature will just add to the current fear factor that surrounds the Lilywhites. 48 league goals in the last two seasons speaks for itself, in fact, that sort of alternative striking option would give Spurs two of the best young forward line in Europe.

Kane and Lacazette could work in tandem. Whether drifting in from wide, or allowing Pochettino to change system, the signing of another truly reliable goalscorer would make Tottenham a terrifying prospect. There will be more challenging games for Spurs next season, they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas in midweek as they have done this year. The Champions League is a whole different prospect – particularly with them likely to be in pot 3 – and it requires depth throughout the squad. The defence looks secure, the midfield may require an addition or two, but the presence of just one recognised striker is the real difference. One sizeable investment from Daniel Levy in Alexandre Lacazette could bridge the gap from third place to the title.