Mourinho reveals why he does not like the phrase ‘back-up striker’ for Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur currently have just one senior striker at the club in the form of Harry Kane, a man who has consistently struggled with injuries in recent years.

While the Lilywhites did have both Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen in the 2018/19 season, both were let go in the summer of 2019.

Even young prospect, Troy Parrott has been loaned out to Millwall for the duration of the 2020/21 campaign this summer, leaving Kane on his own once more.

Jose Mourinho revealed both his desire to sign a new striker and his belief that Tottenham would do so in his press conference today (Alasdair Gold).

However, with the summer transfer window stretching into October, it remains to be seen if and when the North London club can achieve this goal by.

Mourinho was also keen to clear up that he is not looking for a back-up striker and dislikes the term entirely, assuring that any forward target will be a key member of the squad and also able to play alongside Harry Kane if needed.

Mourinho said (Football London): “I don’t like that word back-up. I know that we have one of the best strikers in the world. I know that we have undoubtedly the best striker in England, but I don’t like the word back-up. A squad is a squad. A striker can play with Harry Kane. A striker that comes here is not to be feeling that he is just in a back-up situation.

“So yes we have the best striker in the country but we want a striker that can give us more than we have and to give us more than we have is not just to support us. To support us in such a difficult season is also to try to play and why not play with Harry?”

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