Tottenham Hotspur should have signed a striker in the January transfer window.
An apparent recruitment error made by Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window is currently being exposed.
Harry Kane has been a revelation for Tottenham this season and his 26 goals have been a major reason behind their success.
The academy graduate has gone from promising youngster to one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League, and his achievements this season cannot be underestimated.
Kane now looks to be one of the brightest talents this country has produced for some time and a player that Tottenham can build around for many years to come, but any dip in form that he endures exposes Spurs' lack of planning.
Kane has covered for Spurs' lack of depth in the striking position, but it was always highly unlikely that he would maintain his high standards for the duration of his first full season playing professional football, and Tottenham should have seen a wobble coming.
Kane has played a lot of football this season and even though he is still playing relatively well, Tottenham would have been far better placed if they had some adequate cover for him.
At his most dangerous, Kane was a rampaging striker. Capable of taking on defenders, he could caress the ball into the back of the net, or simply bludgeon his way past defenders.
At the moment he doesn't seem quite as effective, though. Kane may have netted a brace against Queens Park Rangers, but in general play he is not having such an influence on the game and fatigue could be setting in.
Unfortunately for Spurs, they have little choice but to persist with the 21-year-old. Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have shown on numerous occasions that they cannot be relied upon, and a half-fit Kane is still more of a weapon than either of that duo.
A fresh striker in January could have made a huge difference, though. Spurs suffered setbacks in both the Europa League and the Capital One Cup within the space of a week and they also now find their top-four hopes fading in the Premier League.
It doesn't mean that this has been a poor season for Spurs, but it could have been so much better had they been more open to spending in January.
The addition of a quality front-man would have provided Tottenham with the impetus to kick on and Mauricio Pochettino would have had the luxury of being able to rotate Kane to ensure that he stayed at his sharpest.
Due to the club's reluctance to spend, Pochettino has had his hands tied, though, and it appears to have ultimately cost the side.
Spurs are almost certain to bring in a striker over the summer and that will be a major step forward, but it seems that will be a move which has happened six months too late and there may be a sense of what might have been at the end of this campaign.