Fourteen games in the Premier League campaign, Tottenham have so far gotten just five goals combined out of the three strikers on their books.
It’s a worrying statistic that underlines the attack as a place that Spurs need help in come January, when boss Mauricio Pochettino will have the opportunity to reinforce.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been in poor form and has incurred the wrath of fans with critical comments, while Roberto Soldado took until this past weekend to get on the scoresheet.
In more positive news Harry Kane continues to impress when given chances by the manager, but the 21-year-old can’t carry the load by himself at his age.
Bringing in a fresh face up front thus looks an important mission for Spurs once the transfer window opens, though brining quality players in mid-season is a tough task.
Tottenham have long been linked with a move for Sampdoria’s Manolo Gabbiadini to solve their woes in front of goal, even if signing him would be complicated.
The 23-year-old is co-owned with Juventus by the Blucerchiati, meaning any side wanting to purchase him would have to agree a fee with both clubs.
On top of this, Gabbiadini is hot property. He’s been watched by a score of clubs from around Europe, having impressed with four goals in his first 10 appearances this season.
And unfortunately for Spurs, the competition seems to have gotten there first, beating them to the punch.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Napoli have succeeded in agreeing an £8.6 million fee with Juventus and Sampdoria for Gabbiadini – possibly rising to £10 million with bonuses.
The next step is for the Partenopei to firm up personal terms with the Italy international, who is currently on wages of about £9,000 per week at Sampdoria.
Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis and sporting director Riccardo Bigon will reportedly meet with agent Silvio Pagliari on Thursday to try to thresh out a contract for Gabbiadini.
He’ll certainly receive a wage bump at Napoli should the deal go through, though his relatively low salary and reasonable fee means the Partenopei may be getting a bargain.
With Napoli’s operation to sign Gabbiadini so advanced, it looks as if Spurs are well and truly out of the race for his services, Gabbiadini seemingly set to stay in Italy.
Tottenham would be well advised to focus on other targets – the likes of Charlie Austin and Jackson Martinez have been linked – as Napoli are close to tying up a deal for Gabbiadini by all indications.