Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that it can be difficult to attract top quality striking talent to Tottenham Hotspur due to Harry Kane’s presence at the club.
Tottenham have tried to help relieve Kane of the goal scoring burden in recent seasons by recruiting understudies with the likes of Vincent Janssen, Roberto Soldado and Fernando Llorente. All three have failed to make the breakthrough to share the responsibilities in front of goal.
The Spurs boss revealed that he is questioned by potential new strikers or their agents on why he would want to sign them when he already has a world class striker in his ranks.
Pochettino also turned his attention to the journalists attending the pre-Crystal Palace press conference on why they question his decision making if he was to leave Kane out of his starting eleven.
He also made a comparison to star studded Barcelona who allowed Paco Alcacer to depart due to limited opportunities at the Nou Camp.
The manager told Football.London: “Yes, and you make it difficult, my job! You all! When after not playing Harry Kane, you all say why didn’t you play Harry Kane. Or why not this player or another. Before you ask for more signings but when I try to play with all the squad you’re the first to translate that feeling of why not player that one or another. You make it difficult my job! I think my answer is clear!” he said with a chuckle.
He added: “It’s difficult, because you’re talking about top players like Harry Kane. It’s not easy for a striker to come here and compete. It’s football. Look at the big teams, look what happens at Barcelona.
“There’s Luis Suarez but Paco Alcacer needed to move away and now at Borussia Dortmund he’s doing a fantastic job and scoring goals. Because football is difficult to play with two or three strikers.
“If you want to dominate games you need more midfielders than strikers. If you want to play more direct or in a different way, maybe you play with wingers, fast, you know the balance is important, always to have a plan who you want to play.
“There are many things. But of course when you want to sign a striker, always they say ‘why do you want me why you have Harry Kane?’. That’s true and that’s right, that’s the first question from the agent or the player when you meet the player of course.”
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