OPINION By Coral Barry
Harry Kane has quickly become Tottenham’s best and most prized player, but Mauricio Pochettino has to find him a strike partner.
Take the Englishman out of the London team and Tottenham would be missing 42 league goals from the last two seasons.
With Champions League football on the horizon and winning the Premier League the apparent ambition, Spurs need a striker that can come in and help carry the goal burden and in an ideal situation, partner Kane upfront.
One player that Tottenham has been frequently linked with over recent transfer windows is West Brom’s Sadio Berahino.
The 22-year-old has seen his career drop off in the last year, perhaps distracted by Spurs’ very public pursuit of his signature, but Berahino has shown in recent weeks he is more than capable of replicating the kind of form that yielded 20 goals in all competitions last season.
A different kind of breed to Kane, Berahino often uses his pace to scare the life out of defenders and could be the perfect 5′ 11″ foil to the 6′ 2″ Kane.
Another more risky, but possibly a cheaper option, is Watford’s Nigerian hitman Odion Ighalo.
The 26-year-old has been a revelation in England’s top-tier this season and provided 15 league goals on the way to Watford securing their top-flight status.
Ighalo has already proven he is capable of forming a ruthless partnership after spending most of season playing alongside Troy Deeney up front.
Deeney’s game is similar to Kane’s in the way the two look to hold up and link play and Ighalo could potentially slip seamlessly into Tottenham’s style of play.
A final option and perhaps the most unlikely of the three is for Tottenham to somehow prize Jamie Vardy away from Leicester.
It is difficult to imagine Vardy departing the Foxes, especially if he ends the season with a Premier League winners medal, but Spurs would do well to snap up the one striker that has rivalled Kane this season.
Frighteningly quick and devastatingly ruthless, Vardy could be the seasoned version of what Tottenham would hope Berahino would bring to White Hart Lane in the long-term.
The 29-year-old has bagged 19 league goals and provided eight assists in the league this season and could be a deadly partner for Kane.
Forever a willing runner and always considering the man in the better position, Vardy has all the attributes that could compliment Kane’s skill and hold-up play.