Two fresh faces could be about to give Spurs a timely boost.
Reports emerged today, via the likes of the Telegraph, claiming that Lyon winger Clinton N’Jie is expected in London on Wednesday ahead of completing a switch to White Hart Lane.
Assuming all goes smoothly on the negotiation front, the Cameroonian should be announced as a Spurs player imminently and could well make the squad for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Stoke.
Meanwhile, one of Spurs’ brightest prospects - Alex Pritchard – has returned to full training this week and is likely to be named among the substitutes this weekend.
The game will probably come too soon for either man to start, but their presence on the bench would give Mauricio Pochettino plenty of room for manoeuvre should he need to switch things up.
While usually deployed on the left wing or in a central position, N’Jie has played on the right and is blessed with the pace necessary to take his opponent on, on the outside.
As such, he could come in for Nacer Chadli – should he have one of his customary disinterested games – and play from the left or in tandem with Harry Kane, while Christian Eriksen is shifted out wide. Or he could replace whichever of Mousa Dembele or Erik Lamela get the starting berth on the right flank.
Likewise, Pritchard is comfortable playing in all three attacking positions behind Kane, and both him and potential new signing N’Jie would provide pace, directness and a goal-scoring threat that has been missing from Tottenham’s advanced midfielders for a fair while now.
Signing another out-and-out striker is still a pressing concern, but the nimble duo should suffice until a Kane alternative is brought in.
They will add a dynamism and creative spark so desperately needed in the attacking third for Tottenham and fans will be hoping a deal for the Lyon winger is tied up in time for Stoke’s visit - with the club needing all the help they can get against a certified ‘bogey’ team.