Tottenham have been one of the best teams in England over the past six years or so.
The London club may not have won a trophy during that time, but numerous top-four finishes and a Champions League final appearance has certainly been sufficient for a club that were lumbering around mid-table in the early 2000s.
Spurs’ recent success can be attributed to the rise of one player, and there are no prizes for guessing that we’re talking about Harry Kane.
The Englishman has won two Premier League golden boots, and he’s already the club’s third-highest goalscorer, but as with any footballer, he’s not able to play every single game.
Football fans across the world have been gripped to the new Spurs documentary on Amazon Prime, and one trend that has been prominent is how badly injuries affected the side last season, particularly when Kane went down with a thigh problem.
Indeed, Spurs won just three of the nine league games in which Kane didn’t play last term, and that’s down to the fact they haven’t had a competent backup, being forced into using Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura as makeshift options, two players who aren’t natural centre-forwards.
Understandably, finding another striker has been a priority for Spurs this summer, but they’ve lost out on two of their reported targets already, with Ollie Watkins joining Aston Villa and Callum Wilson heading to Newcastle.
Playing under Jose Mourinho is undoubtedly more alluring that turning out for either Steve Bruce or Dean Smith, so why do Spurs keep missing out on these players?
The unfortunate truth is that footballers want to play the game they love, and at Tottenham, you have to be a very special player to displace Kane, and even then, that might not be enough.
Of course, there are some players who are willing to play second fiddle, but often you’ll find that these players aren’t up to scratch, with the likes of Vincent Jansson and Fernando Llorente filling that role in recent years, and neither of those had anything close to resembling a good scoring record for Spurs.
Kane is integral to Tottenham’s success, and when he’s fit he’ll start every single match, so you can’t promise consistent minutes to any striker you’re looking to bring in, while also needing a player who can fill his shoes when he is injured or suspended.
Spurs still want a striker this summer even with their flurry of activity that has included the impending arrival of Gareth Bale, but even though they’ve brought in one of the biggest names in football, this striker won’t be easy to find.
The fact of the matter is, a talented forward who is willing to sit on the bench for the majority of the time is very hard to find, and unfortunately, Spurs are tasked with seeking out this elusive profile of footballer.