Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino concedes he 'maybe' needs another striker

The Argentine is happy to put his trust in Harry Kane, but the North Londoners sound like they are looking for attacking reinforcements, and about time.

Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his side will probably have to bring another striker in before the end of the transfer window, in comments the Mirror have published after the Audi Cup match with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, the club's two other senior attackers, are being closely linked to exits this week, while rumoured interest in Saido Berahino, as reported by the Mirror in the last 10 days, has failed to move forward.

It left the 43-year-old admitting that Spurs have just Harry Kane for the Premier League opener against Manchester United on Saturday, and confirmed what fans have known for some time, that another striker needs to arrive as soon as possible. 

“It is true we have Harry and maybe we need to bring another striker in," Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Mirror after the match.

However, despite limited numbers in central attacking areas, the former Southampton manager has little fear in the ability of his main man to cope with the attacking burden by himself.

“I am not worried about Harry," the Spurs coach added. "He came back after the Euros (Under-21 Championships) late in his preparations but I am not worried. He is ready to compete on Saturday against Manchester United.”

With Kane likely to be the only forward available for the United clash, the Argentine will surely have been happy to see the England international leave the pitch against Real without suffering an injury, with tempers occasionally raised between the Spanish giants and the North Londoners.

With Spurs struggling to impact Real's final third, an extra attacker would certainly have been a bonus as the side sought a way back into the game, while there is always the tendency for players to get drawn into doing something reckless of potentially dangerous to their opponent and themselves, but Kane came off in the 86th minutes with no concerns.

The 22-year-old now has one more match to make it through before he has just Saturday to concentrate on, and Pochettino's side will face Milan on Wednesday after they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Audi Cup hosts Bayern Munich.

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