Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has suggested that the club’s failure to sign a striker in the summer transfer window could prove to be a problem.
The North Londoners decided against making Carlos Vinicius’ loan move from Benfica permanent, with the Portuguese outfit demanding £36million in order to sell the Brazilian who scored ten goals in all competitions during his time in North London (transfermarkt).
Tottenham were linked with a move for with Lautaro Martinez during the summer with Football.London claiming that the Premier League side had made an offer of over £50million, but the deal proved to be complicated after Inter Milan sold Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.
Robinson believes that Tottenham’s inability to bolster their attacking options has gone relatively unnoticed partly due to the intense media focus on Harry Kane’s future at the club.
Kane’s injury issues in previous seasons have resulted in Heung-min Son having to step up and shoulder the goalscoring burden despite not being an out an out forward.
“It’s gone under the radar [the failure to sign a striker],” he told Football Insider.
“A lot of people have missed the fact that Spurs have not signed another striker.
“Vinicius has gone back because he was only on loan last season. To let Vinicius go without replacing him could be an oversight by Spurs.
“All of the talk in the last window was about – what if Harry Kane gets injured? When he was injured last season they struggled and they did not score goals.
“Yes, Son and Bergwijn can play there but they are not out-and-out number nines like Kane.
“People have forgotten about that because of all of the hype surrounding the potential Kane transfer and other deals. There is no direct cover in that area.”
Robinson is right, Tottenham should have done more to look to bring in a new forward who not only has the quality to find the back of the net, but also to act as a strike partner for Harry Kane.
The England captain’s injury record in recent seasons is a concern and hopefully the club are not left ruing their decision should something similar happen in the current campaign.
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