Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton says the club will be found out this season unless they bolster their striking options.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton believes the club need to add another striker in the transfer window if expectations are to be met this season.
New boss Mauricio Pochettino currently has just three frontmen to call on in his first-team squad, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and 20-year-old Harry Kane the sole options.
Soldado struggled in his first season at White Hart Lane following his club record £26 million move from Valencia, scoring just six times in 28 Premier League games.
Adebayor, meanwhile, was more impressive, with 11 goals in 21 appearances, while Kane emerged towards the end of the season to bag three in seven but Anderton believes that won’t be enough to keep Tottenham near the top of the table.
"Soldado struggled last year, which was a shame, as I thought he was great in Spain but he was probably one of the biggest disappointments with his return of goals," he told Sky Sports News Radio.
"Harry Kane did come in at the end of the season and did really well I thought, which probably highlighted how much Soldado struggled. Of course, Adebayor did well too. Nobody doubts his talent and on his day he’s one of the best in the world, but it’s just a question of how much confidence he has to produce and whether he wants it enough.
"In that sense, I think there’s absolutely no doubt that another striker would certainly be needed in my eyes," he added. "Top teams need goals. There are always those games when you’re not playing great but you’ve got that striker who can produce that moment of magic and that’s what they need."
With Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy bound for Liverpool, Swansea City’s Wifried Bony is said to be among Tottenham’s top targets, though his £20 million-plus asking price is thought to be a potential stumbling block.
The club are also chasing Southampton’s £18 million-rated Morgan Schneiderlin, as well as looking set to complete deals for Swansea pair Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, but none of those additions will answer the need for goals which Anderton has stressed.
With rumours that the side are reluctant to spend much more, following the £105 million-worth of additions last summer in the wake of the Gareth Bale sale, Pochettino could instead put his faith in Soldado to push on from his disappointing debut campaign, though that decision would no doubt displease fans.
Looking to improve upon last season’s sixth-place finish, as well as compete in Europe, Tottenham clearly need additional firepower up front, but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to coax someone like Bony, or even Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, with a move to North London over the coming weeks.