Would a Harry Kane and Saido Berahino strike partnership be worthwhile for Tottenham Hotspur?

Saido Berahino

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly want to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

The Mirror have reported that Spurs want to sign Berahino this summer, offering Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend in exchange for the 21-year-old striker.

Despite the breakthrough of Harry Kane during the 2014/15 season, it is clear that Spurs still want to sign a new striker, and Berahino represents the same kind of youthful target who the club want to bring in.

He is English and homegrown, and has years to develop ahead of him, making him a real potential star. He also has played with Kane before, at England Under-21 level, giving him an advantage over many forwards Tottenham may look to bring in.

Despite Spurs only utilising one striker, the move for Berahino suggests that head coach Mauricio Pochettino wants to make a switch to a two-striker system, and there is a lot to suggest that a Kane and Berahino partnership would be an excellent duo.

  AppearancesGoalsTotal AttemptsConversion Rate
Saido Berahino 38 14 86 16.3%
Harry Kane 34 21 112 18.75%

In terms of goalscoring, Kane came out on top, although not by much considering the relative differences in team quality. His conversion rate was only slightly ahead of Berahino’s, despite the fact that the West Brom man was frequently forced to take chances on by himself, due to a lack of creativity in the Baggies first-team.

This is not to deride Kane’s goals - with the long-range strike against Chelsea showing his talents - but he was also presented a number of easy chances due to the creative abilities of the players behind him.

If presented with the same players, it is likely that Berahino’s talents would be far better than they currently are.

If Berahino was to arrive at White Hart Lane, and play in a strike partnership, it is probable that one of the forwards would drop deep to provide a creative threat as well. Whilst Berahino is a more all-rounded classic number nine, Kane proved his deeper attacking threat many times last term.

  AssistsKey PassesFlick OnsLayoffs
Berahino 1 28 30 78
Kane 4 27 90 70

He registered four assists from 27 key passes, in comparison to one from 28 key passes, and the Tottenham man also won 90 flick ons. These abilities to act as a provider between the midfield and forward lines make him well suited to that deep role.

With a natural goalscorer ahead of him, Kane could truly develop into a great number 10, with his impressive goalscoring talents second to his creative threat.

Berahino also possesses a creative side to his play, but one that is more advanced. He made an impressive 78 layoffs, which results in a number of balls being cut back into dangerous areas of the opposition penalty areas. With a striker of Kane's quality playing deeper, and running into the box late, Berahino's impressive layoff ability would create a wealth of chances for the current Spurs star, which he would surely convert.

The duo seem to possess almost perfect abilities to work together as a strike partnership, with one classic number nine and one number 10 utilising the talents of the other to excel.

Although a deal may still not go through, it looks as if Berahino would be a great signing for the club, and they should really go all out to agree a deal with the talented young forward.

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