Does Mauricio Pochettino need to stick with two strikers from now on?

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Tottenham Hotspur played with two strikers against Besiktas, and despite failing to win yet again, they looked dangerous going forward.

Mauricio Pochettino opted to start with two strikers in the Europa League as he looked to attack Besiktas from the off, and although Spurs failed to pick up all three points, there were positive signs in terms of the setup of the team.

A shocking defensive blunder from Vlad Chiriches at the end of the game cost Tottenham a penalty, which Demba Ba tucked away to earn the Turkish side a point, but the Lilywhites' choice to play with two out-and-out attackers certainly didn't hurt them.

Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane played well together for much of the game, with the Spaniard putting in one of his most energetic performances in a Spurs shirt.

A move in the second-half saw Soldado take the ball down on his chest on the halfway line, before running at the Besiktas defence with purpose, something he has not done enough.

Both strikers played with more freedom, knowing that they were not solely responsible for all Spurs' attacking play, and that allowed either Soldado and Kane to drop off and collect the ball from deeper, before creating opportunities for those around them.

Kane netted Spurs' goal in the first-half with an excellent finish from the edge of the box, and the 21-year-old looked dangerous throughout once again.

Emmanuel Adebayor was brought on late in the game to partner the goalscorer, and Pochettino may start with that attacking duo in the Premier League on Sunday, when Tottenham take on an in-form Southampton side at White Hart Lane.

The main concern for Spurs if they choose to stick with two strikers from now on, is that they don't have enough depth in attack - something which seems to be the case every season.

Pochettino has just three strikers at his disposal, and playing two in each game will increase the risk of injury to one, or even two strikers.

The huge amount of midfield options at the club means that the playing personnel almost dictates the formation, but Pochettino tried something different last night, which was just minutes away from giving Spurs the perfect result.

It will be interesting to see if the Argentine manager sticks with two forwards for the visit of his former side Southampton this weekend, but it certainly will make Spurs a more direct, attacking threat if he does.

 

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