Tottenham Hotspur have yet to add to their limited attacking options this summer.
Another defender, Atletico’s Toby Alderweireld, is rumoured to be close to a move, according to the likes of Sky Sports, and his signing would leave Spurs with eight senior centre-backs, as things stand.
Central midfield players have been linked for fun this window, with Porto’s recent acquisition Gianelli Imbula and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin the longest-running targets.
Aston Villa's Fabian Delph was said to be of interest to Spurs on Wednesday, as reported by The Sun, and Everton's James McCarthy emerged as another possible target on Thursday, with the Daily Mail claiming a Spurs advance is imminent.
Links in the attacking areas have been less quick to develop, however, a strange occurrence given it should undoubtedly be Spurs’ main priority.
Anthony Martial was a target a few weeks back, as per Sky Sports, but recently signed a new deal and there have been rumblings, in the Daily Star, of a bid for another Monaco forward, Yannick Carrasco, but no real developments have emerged. Meanwhile, the Yevhen Konoplyanka circus shows no sign of slowing down and the Ukrainian has developed into something of mythical figure at this point.
It comes as a surprise then that Spurs appear to be on the verge of their third defensive signing when they essentially have just four trusted attackers on their books.
Harry Kane, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen are the big hitters, while Erik Lamela showed flashes of a breakthrough towards the end of last season, but beyond that there isn’t much at all.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s time has come and despite his Twitter pledges, should be offloaded if any clubs show the slightest hint of interest.
Roberto Soldado now sits comfortably as one of the Premier League’s most impressive flops but has shown just about enough to suggest a third-choice striker role isn’t unthinkable should no suitable offers come in.
The fact that Andros Townsend is second-fiddle to a stuttering Lamela is a worrying sign and while the winger should be kept around next season simply for his directness and pace, he certainly can’t be relied upon for consistency or end product.
That’s the sum total of Spurs attack as things stand and it is a worrying state of affairs.There are simply no alternatives to Chadli, Eriksen or Kane.
Alex Pritchard looks promising and may well adapt to the Premier League, but that can’t be taken for granted so strengthening this summer is critical.
A quality centre-forward is an absolute must if the club don’t fancy enduring another season with their collective eggs sitting nervously in the Harry Kane basket.
A versatile forward to operate behind the striker, in the mould of a Kevin Mirallas or Jay Rodriguez, is also crucial to provide cover for Chadli and Eriksen and more still, could be required.
There remains a lot of work to do if Mauricio Pochettino is to go one better than fifth next season but time, for now, is on his side.