Graphic: How Tottenham could fit Kane and Berahino in same starting XI

Saido Berahino

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Saido Berahino.

As per the latest reports in the Metro, West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino is edging closer to a big-money switch to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

After spending much of the summer selling players deemed surplus to requirements, Spurs now have to made important additions of their own as the season opener is only two weeks away.

With Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Tripper bolstering the defence, an attacking player is now a priority for boss Mauricio Pochettino and a player to compliment striker Harry Kane high on the list.

The latest reports state West Brom’s exciting forward Saido Berahino is the number one option, yet a potential dilemma for Spurs is how they go about integrating him in the same line-up as Kane.

Well, the 21-year-old isn’t a ball-carrier in the mould of say Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, but that doesn’t mean he can’t push out wide and still pose a similar goal scoring threat.

As per the graphic above, Berahino can play as a wide-right forward, although with licence to move as close to Kane as possible in order to occupy space down the right and posing a threat through the middle.

By doing so, his inclusion would allow Tripper the freedom to roam down the right flank, a perfect scenario considering the former Burley man was the Premier League’s most creative right-back last season.

Eriksen, a player who averaged an impressive 5.34 ball recoveries last season, would occupy a more central role but pull out wide right out of possession forming a 4-4-2 of sorts.

It was a system commonly used by Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo moving centrally to pose a greater threat and Marcelo using the space to maraud down the left-flank.

With Nacer Chadli down Spurs’ left and Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason offering protection through the middle, it’s a system designed to create balance and get the best out of the pivotal goal scorers.

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