Teammate failings putting undue pressure on Tottenham star Harry Kane

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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane is not ready to lead the line for a club with ambitions of breaking into the top four - here's why.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane may be the best option for the squad to use up-front currently, but he is not a long-term solution to their striking problems.

The 21-year-old looks the most likely scorer of their current attacking trio, but if Spurs really want to progress to becoming top-four candidates then he will need to be upgraded.

Kane is a bigger threat than either of Emmanuel Adebayor or Roberto Soldado, but he is still not the 20-goal-a-season striker that Spurs need.

Kane does not have a Premier League goal to his name this season and Mauricio Pochettino's reluctance to use him is understandable, given his limitations.

This sounds harsh on Kane, but he would be unlikely to be anywhere near the side of any other club chasing the Champions League spaces. 

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City all possess world-class options up-front whilst Everton's and Arsenal's attacking line-ups are considerably stronger than Spurs'. 

It shows how far they still need to go in this area and Kane cannot be expected to be the solution to their problems, and hoping for him to be just yet is unfair.

He has still failed to win over Pochettino, despite his success at hitting the net in Europe, as shown by the fact that he has had to make do with a series of substitute appearances so far this season. 

This can only be because of a lack of quality, as the Argentine has already shown his faith in playing youngsters - with Ryan Mason, in particular, benefiting from Pochettino's appointment.

The question for Spurs, therefore, is who exactly should they target?

The side have been linked with Southampton's Jay Rodriguez and West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino, but there must be questions over whether either would kick them on to the next level.

The club are in desperate need of a top-class centre-forward and, although both would be upgrades, the sizeable investment required to buy either forward may make the transfer unappealing.

Pochettino is yet to bring in one attacking addition during his time in North-London, but he must be seeking to do so in January and it could be the most important decision that he has made during his managerial time in England so far, and take the pressure off Kane, to let him develop at a good pace, rather than throw him in now at the deep end.

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