The Sunday Supplement Panel on Sky believe we are yet to find a way of replacing Harry Kane, with the main problem being attracting someone willing to play second fiddle.
Harry is of course currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and missed yesterday’s defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Our supposed lack of ruthlessness in front of goal has raised questions over whether we can cope without Harry and, speaking on Sunday Supplement, Ian Ladyman, Football Editor of the Daily Mail, believes replacing Kane is something we still struggle with.
“They haven’t found a way of replacing him. [Heung-Min] Son is the best chance they’ve got of doing it,” Ladyman said. “I thought he was terrific against Liverpool and he did OK yesterday [against United], but what is telling is that they’ve been trying to find a second striker to replace Kane for about two summers.
“It was [Vincent] Janssen last summer, this time it’s [Fernando] Llorente. The problem they’ve got is they have to attract someone to the club who knows they’re not going to play because they only play with one striker. That’s a really difficult thing to do.
“Kane was injured yesterday, and Llorente still doesn’t play, so that kind of says they still haven’t find a way or the person to replace him.
“He was missing for a couple of months last season, and they got through and still had a good season. I’m not saying they can’t win without him, and they will, but the problem of who they bring in as a second striker is still an issue.”
Jonathan Northcroft, the Sunday Times football correspondent believes the club will have to get used to criticism if we want to be considered among the Premier League elite.
He said: “I still think Tottenham lack that big personality as a club and as a team. I think they fall short of that. They fell short yesterday at the end of a tight game against a rival, they manage to lose it.
He added “In midweek, in a Cup game against West Ham they manage to lose when they’re 2-0 up and this follows just the point in the season when you think they’ve arrived after beating Liverpool.
“Pochettino has put himself higher up to be shot at, and he will have to deal with that if they are to be a really big club. If Manchester United had lost the game yesterday in those circumstances, or Arsenal, we’d be killing them.”
Like Soldado and Janssen, Llorente is not the solution either according to the experts. Llorente has proved he can cut it in the Premier Leagure, and I think he needs more game time to find his rhythm. What are your thoughts about yesterday’s showing. One error at the back got punished but surely the lads did alright up to that point. This is Manchester United we are talking about too
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