Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made Saido Berahino their top target for the January transfer window, but his form of late suggests that there may be better options for the club to pursue.
Berahino's pace and dead-eye finishing has made him a major success at West Bromwich Albion, yet there must be question marks over whether he is ready to lead the line for a top-four chaser.
The England youth international has netted eight times in 20 appearances across all competitions, yet he has faltered of late.
Berahino has not scored in any of his last nine appearances for the Baggies and has even had to spend time on the substitutes' bench recently.
It shows that the striker is still a very raw prospect and in this piece we take a look at three players who Spurs may be better off targeting if they want immediate success.
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)
Powerful, aerially dominant and clinical, Bony is already one of the most imposing forwards in the division and his arrival at Spurs would be a statement of their intent.
The Ivorian has scored 24 times in 51 appearances for Swansea and he looks a far more refined talent that Berahino.
He would be ready to step straight into the Spurs team and his bludgeoning style up-top, would surely be the perfect contrast to the the finesse of the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela behind him.
Charlie Austin (QPR)
Austin may be just as unproven as Berahino, but his record of scoring goals at every level is too good to ignore.
Not many strikers across European football have netted as many times as Austin over the past few seasons, where he has shown that if he is given a chance he will take it.
Good in the air and deadly in front of goal, Austin has already returned 11 goals for Queens Park Rangers this season and that tally only looks set to improve.
Harry Redknapp has come out today to state that he wouldn't be interested in cashing in on Austin, but, with Spurs reportedly prepared to spend up to £25 million on Berahino, a bid of a similar amount would surely test Redknapp's resolve.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Arguably the best striker available to Tottenham in the January transfer window, Benteke would be a stunning addition for the club to make.
At 23 years old, the target-man centre-forward still has time to develop his game, but he already looks one of the most complete strikers in the Premier League.
Benteke's season last year was a frustrating one, but he has already proven what a weapon he can be, on his day, and appears to be at the top of his game again this time around.
The Belgian international has nearly a one-in-two hit ratio at Villa, a side who are famously defensively in their approach, and he would benefit hugely from Spurs's attacking style.
If Pochettino is looking for a man to lead the line, there appear few better options than Benteke and his arrival could be the boost needed to provide them with the ammunition to close the gap on the current top four.