Tottenham’s difficulties under new boss Mauricio Pochettino continued with a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Stoke in front of the home support at White Hart Lane.
Spurs were up against it after conceding twice inside the opening 33 minutes, a late Nacer Chadli goal not enough to turn things around as around as Kyle Naughton was sent off.
Pochettino continues to search for his optimal line-up as Harry Kane was deployed as a lone striker in front of a trident of Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen and Chadli.
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Over the course of the 90 minutes Spurs were able to create just two clear-cut scoring opportunities, firing in only four shots on target while chasing the game.
Goals in general continue to be scarcer than the North London outfit would like – 14 total strikes in 11 Premier League games not indicative of an attack in top form.
Spurs have been linked with a variety of strikers of late in reference to these issues up front, with Sampdoria’s Manolo Gabbiadini touted as a top option.
The 22-year-old’s agent has indicated that he won’t be available in January but would be free to move abroad next summer, when his co-ownership with Juventus will be resolved.
Gabbiadini is known for his ability to play anywhere across the front line – in a trident, a pairing or as a lone striker – with a keen eye for goal and tremendous left foot.
After hitting four goals in seven Serie A appearances to start the campaign, he was back in action for the Blucerchiati in Saturday’s matchup with AC Milan at Marassi.
He was unable to add to his goal tally on the evening but showcased another side of his game – serving as Sampdoria’s creative hub in the 2-2 draw.
Gabbiadini came up with five key passes as he assisted Stefano Okaka on Sampdoria’s first strike with a well-placed cross from the left channel.
The youngster’s creative output was exactly half of what Spurs mustered as an entire side on Sunday, and underlines his ability not only to provide goals – but also bring in those around him and raise the quality of an entire attacking unit.
Tottenham won’t have the chance to get their hands on him until this season is on the books, but Gabbiadini continues to prove he could be a worthwhile investment next summer.
There’s still plenty more action to come to make a final judgment on him this season, however at this rate the Sampdoria star looks well on his way to proving he’s ready for a big move.