Tottenham Hotspur have been left to contemplate their attacking choices for the subsequent few weeks and will but be compelled into the January switch market to cowl the losses of Harry Kane to damage and Son Heung-min to worldwide obligation.
Kane has been dominated out till early March, round six weeks, after Spurs confirmed on Tuesday that he suffered ankle ligament injury in Sunday’s loss towards Manchester United. Son, in the meantime, has linked up with South Korea for the Asian Cup and might be gone till February.
Talisman Kane might miss as many as 11 video games between now and his potential return, together with essential Premier League video games towards Chelsea and Arsenal, the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final towards Chelsea in addition to the ultimate if Spurs make it, and each legs of the Champions League final 16 knockout tie towards Borussia Dortmund.
Son, who skipped South Korea’s first two Asian Cup group video games, would often be an choice to switch Kane as a makeshift centre ahead and should reprise that function a couple of weeks down the road. However with the Korean crew among the many favourites, chances are high he will probably be away till the top of the event, with the ultimate to happen on February 1.
Spurs’ different backup striker is veteran Spaniard Fernando Llorente, who had truly been linked with a transfer away from the membership this month. The previous Athletic Bilbao and Juventus man scored a hat-trick within the FA Cup thrashing of Tranmere, which was his final begin.
Llorente, who is needed by Bilbao, at the very least has a confirmed report within the Premier League after netting 15 instances for Swansea in the course of the 2016/17 marketing campaign, prompting Spurs to signal him. It’s subsequently more likely that Mauricio Pochettino will name on him relatively than resort to utilizing forgotten flop Vincent Janssen, a participant who has missed a lot of the season due to damage.
Janssen has scored simply two Premier League targets in 28 appearances for Spurs and spent final season on an unsuccessful mortgage at Fenerbahce. A foot damage has sidelined him for many of 2018/19 and he made his first look of the marketing campaign in an Below-23 match final week.
On the very least, the Dutchman is on the membership and, in concept, out there.
“Folks overlook they’ve nonetheless received Janssen they can not eliminate and he might need to return off the bench in video games,” ex-Spurs star Chris Waddle instructed BBC Sport following the Kane announcement.
How Spurs deal with the disaster could very nicely be decided by their willingness, or potential lack thereof, to dip into the switch marketplace for a brand new striker. They’ve at the very least proven they’re ready to spend mid-season if the proper individual turns into out there after signing winger Lucas Moura for round £25m from Paris Saint-Germain this time final 12 months.
There was sudden hypothesis about unsettled West Ham star Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian has been the topic of a bid from a Chinese language Tremendous League membership, rumoured to be Shanghai SIPG, and his agent even publicly urged the Hammers to just accept and let him go.
Arnautovic’s apparently dedication to go away, nonetheless, could particularly be because of the provide from China and Spurs would discover it troublesome to barter a cope with West Ham, who don’t wish to promote the participant overseas not to mention see him transfer to a fellow Premier League facet. Issues over his character may additionally make the previous Stoke man a no-go for Spurs, who’ve famously beforehand refused to signal gamers for the sake of getting numbers in.
The Daily Mirror, in the meantime, have recommended that Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson might now grow to be a goal. The 26-year-old, who has scored 9 Premier League targets this season, is already of reported curiosity to West Ham, as a potential substitute for Arnautovic, and to Chelsea.