Mauricio Pochettino wants a starting striker for Tottenham Hotspur rather than Kane back-up

It was widely expected that Tottenham Hotspur would target a striker to act as cover for Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that he wants a striker ready to play first team football for Tottenham Hotspur if he goes into the market.

It has been widely expected that Spurs would sign a front man in January to act as cover for Harry Kane.

However, Pochettino says that he is on the hunt for a number nine who is capable of playing alongside Kane up front.

The Argentine boss said: "If you have two unbelievable strikers, then I am not stupid. Why not [play them together]?

“When you have good players, you can’t put them on the bench. The good players always need to be on the pitch.

“When I was at Southampton we played with three strikers in some games - Rickie Lambert, Dani Osvaldo and Jay Rodriguez.

"They pressed a lot, worked a lot. You can adapt your system or your philosophy to the players you have.”

If Tottenham do sign an out-and-out forward capable of playing in their starting line up, it may require a change of formation.

Pochettino has generally used a 4-2-3-1 system at Tottenham so far, which allows room for just one striker.

Kane also does have the credentials to play in a number 10 role, meaning that the new front man could have a leading role up-front, with the England international dropping slightly deeper.

Tottenham have been linked with a host of different strikers already, with West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino a long-term target - according to the London Evening Standard.

Spurs are yet to make a signing in the January transfer window.

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