Ahead of the January transfer window, Alasdair Gold has suggested that signing a back-up striker to Harry Kane will be the priority as Nuno Espirito Santo looks to strengthen his squad.
Writing about Spurs’ January transfer targets, Football London’s Alasdair Gold has highlighted Spurs’ focus of signing up a back-up striker to Harry Kane with Nuno’s side looking to compete on four fronts this season and end a 14-year trophy drought.
Discussing Dane Scarlett performance following Spurs 1-0 defeat to Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday, Nuno said: “Dane is 17-years-old. It is tough for him but many of our players when they were 17 were not involved in first-team football.
“He is full of talent, of course details that comes with experience and experience is when he competes against tough opposition like he did today.
When asked whether he needed a more experienced back-up striker, he said somewhat tellingly: “The squad is what we have and it my job to take care of all of them, I am not going to comment.”
What did Spurs make of Nuno’s comments on Dane Scarlett?
“Would love to see Scarlett get the chance to go out on loan like Troy Parrott has, get regular game time and some consistency! TP has been awesome for MK Dons”
“I’m not sure he’s as good as people say. Very young, but way out of his depth, even against very poor opponents”
“Should have gone for Ings”
“A glaring failure that anyone with a shred of common sense could see”
“Same old story…”
“We’ve been told for years that it’s absolutely impossible to get another decent striker because they won’t play 2nd fiddle to Kane. And if you believe that one, I’ll tell you another”
“Levy has dodged the second striker issue for years, not just the summer. If we’re ever to win anything we must have two top class strikers like any other top level club in Europe – not one world class like HK and one either semi-retired or academy prospect. When will Levy get it?”
There are glaring gaps in this Spurs squad which leave Espirito Santo’s team exposed if there any injuries or absences, or even simply when he needs options from the bench during matches.
With Spurs confirming that they are now “financially stable and sustainable” again after the pandemic’s problems, Fabio Paratici will have to call upon his vast resources of contacts in January.
However, it’s a month when the north London club and Daniel Levy typically do very little business, but this season it could be the difference between success and that downward trajectory continuing.