Tottenham Hotspur are yet to sign a striker this summer.
They have secured Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, for a club record fee, and have also signed Jack Clarke from Leeds United before loaning him back.
Football FanCast understands that the club are in talks with Real Madrid over a possible loan move for Dani Ceballos, potentially including a £45m clause that will allow Spurs to buy him next summer.
They have also been linked with Giovani Lo Celso amid reports that Christian Eriksen could move to Real Madrid.
On the premise that Eriksen is likely to leave this summer after he personally expressed his desire to embark on a new challenge, he has been excluded from the potential lineups detailed below.
But they have yet to bring in a striker meaning that, as it stands, they will begin the season with Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen as their striking options. That’s the Janssen who played three games last season and has never once looked like becoming first-choice at Spurs.
What are the options up front, then, if the Dutchman is moved on and the club are left with just the England captain up top?
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Plan A – Hope Kane doesn’t fall apart
This one is relatively simple.
But Kane has had injury problems across the past two seasons. He missed vast swathes of the 2018/19 campaign after an ankle ligament injury and played a total of 28 Premier League games. He returned for the Champions League final against Liverpool but was a shadow of his former self as Spurs lost 2-0 in Madrid.
Expecting him to play over 40 games next season feels a risk, particularly with the severity of his injury last term.
But Kane appears to be a player who wants to play every game he can, particularly as he looks to win the Golden Boot and help Spurs win their first trophy since 2008.
He could well do it but the end of next season brings Euro 2020 and, if England are there, more minutes.
There could be a knock-on effect, then, if he is told to play every game in 2019/20.
Plan B – Lucas Moura
The Brazilian was benched for the Champions League final, dropped to make way for Kane.
And yet, he scored a hat-trick in the semi-final second leg against Ajax, as Spurs overturned a 2-0 deficit to, improbably, win 3-2.
He is a natural finisher and scored 15 goals in all competitions last season.
While he could work as a partner for Kane, there is also the possibility of playing him up front on his own.
If one of Ceballos or Lo Celso comes in, and Eriksen leaves, there will be a greater burden placed upon the summer acquisitions to keep the supply lines pumping.
If Lucas is given a chance, he is likely to score, though it remains to be seen who would subsequently play on the right.
Dele Alli could potentially move out there, as he has done throughout his Spurs career to make way for Eriksen.
Wildcard – Alli as a false nine
This is the wildcard option.
Alli is an excellent supporting striker and, when deployed as a midfielder, his effectiveness is diminished.
He scored seven goals in total last season; in 2016/17, when he primarily played off Kane’s shoulder, he scored 22 in all competitions and 18 in the Premier League. For context, only Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa scored more in the top-flight.
Alli is an excellent finisher, then, and unshackling him by giving him a free role in the attack could pay dividends for Pochettino.
One assumes that Lucas and Son Heung-Min would support him on the flanks, perhaps in a 4-3-3 formation, with one of Ceballos and Lo Celso joining Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko in midfield.
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