Pochettino claims this Spurs man can play false nine – and these two academy prospects could feature up front

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Tottenham Hotspur are in somewhat of an attacking disarray at the moment, with a recent injury to their star man Harry Kane.

Kane picked up yet another ankle injury against Manchester United last Sunday, and will be out until early March.

This comes at a time when Heung Min Son is away on international duty in the Asia Cup, and Lucas Moura is also nursing an injury of his own.

Spurs are therefore left with Fernando Llorente as their only available first team striker, as well as a few academy prospects.

However, Pochettino has now claimed that he has a variety of options up front, with some players capable of playing a false nine position.

Poch listed Dele Alli and Erik Lamela as two midfield men who can play up top, as well as Fernando Llorente, and two academy youngsters Troy Parrott and Kazaiah Sterling.

It remains unclear who will start against Fulham.

Poch said (SkySports): “Yesterday I was watching Barcelona [against Levante] and the striker was Leo Messi.

“You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Erik Lamela, you can play [youngsters] Kazaiah Sterling, Troy Parrott, I don’t know.

“You can play many, many players. It’s not that you have to play one specific striker.

“Look, Chelsea played against us with [Eden] Hazard like a striker, when [Olivier] Giroud was on the bench and [Alvaro] Morata was out of the squad.

“We are so crazy, the managers that sometimes we decide to do something different, no?”

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