Former Tottenham Director of Football Damien Comolli told talkSPORT that he feels Mauricio Pochettino is waiting for an attacking player to leave before he brings in a new striker.
There is a real need for the boss to sign some support for Harry Kane, who can’t be expected to carry the weight of the attack for a second season in a row following a campaign where he ended as top scorer last year.
There is arguably an over reliance on Kane at Tottenham at the moment and the manager has to give himself different options with the start of the new season now just under two weeks away.
“I think they are probably making succession plans – If someone goes, he’ll bring in a striker who can compete with Harry Kane or play with Harry Kane because they quite often play 4-4-2,” he told talkSPORT.
“If Harry Kane doesn’t score so many goals, this individual will come in and be ready – I quite like what they are doing at the moment to be honest.”
Should Tottenham play 4-4-2?
If Tottenham play a 4-4-2 formation then whoever is playing up front alongside Kane needs to have the discipline to drift into a wider role.
It’s important they stick to that role when the side is under pressure because there were examples last season where Tottenham’s tendency to play inverted wingers worked against them.
It’s a system which can leave space in wide areas, with the full-backs exposed, which drags central players out of position, creating holes in different areas of the team.
Should Tottenham play 4-5-1?
If Tottenham opt for five across the middle, it suggests that there will only be one striker in the team which will be Kane.
If that’s something that Pochettino wants to opt for then any new forward coming in has to be aware of it and has to accept that he’s unlikely to start the season as first choice in his position.