Finding a Striker Partner for Harry Kane


The Spurs have been a very volatile team this season. There have been highs like beating Chelsea 5-3 on New Year’s Day and reaching the Capital One Cup Final. And lows of going on slides in form and getting eliminated early on in the Europa League knockout rounds. Chances are that Tottenham will not qualify for the Champions League, and will be playing in the Europa League again next season.

Much of Spurs relative success this season can be attributed to PFA Young Player of the Season, Harry Kane. The Englishman has exploded onto the scene this season, notching 30 goals in all competitions. Kane is the striker that Spurs have longed for, considering their past failures with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.

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However, Spurs are looking at a very dangerous situation for next season. This would be relying too heavily on a 21-year-old kid. The one thing they don’t want to do is put all of their hopes on Harry Kane’s shoulders. He needs added support and the Spurs must deliver that support, as my colleague Peter Taylor has mentioned.

That being said, other than adding players around him in other positions, the Spurs must add another big striker, hopefully funded by the sales of Soldado and Adebayor. This could be as a backup, but also to give Pochettino an option to attack with two strikers. All of this considered, let’s take a look at some potential strike partners for Harry Kane.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin is the first potential option for the Spurs. The QPR man has been the shining light of a severely underwhelming season at Loftus Road. Austin has 17 goals in the Premier League this season, putting him in the top 5 scorers overall this campaign. QPR sit in 19th place in the table, and are not showing too many signs of avoiding relegation. Should QPR go down, Austin will likely seek a move away from Loftus Road, having proven his skill to Premier League suitors. The Spurs would do well to secure his signature, allowing Austin to help in their campaign for a Champions League place next season. Additionally, Austin’s signature shouldn’t force Tottenham to break the bank.

Steven Jovetic

The next option for the Lilywhites is Manchester City outcast, Steven Jovetic. Having been left off of an unsuccessful Champions League roster, it is likely that the Montenegrin international will look to move on from the Sky Blues this summer. Jovetic was clinical during his time in Serie A with Fiorentina. Furthermore, he was pretty effective during when his health lined up with his playing time at the Etihad. Jovetic was purchased by his club for a decent sum and Manchester would look to get some of their initial investment back. Spurs would do well to acquire the 25-year-old for a decent price. Should Jovetic recover his lethal attacking form, he could be the major summer signing that Tottenham need.

Danny Ings

Danny Ings has set the Premier League alight with Burnley this season. With Burnley’s BPL run looking all but over, it’s almost certain the striker will be on the move this summer. Ings has scored 9 goals this season, but looks as if he had the potential to score even more. However, with Burnley holding up the last spot in the table, Ings was short service and help from his teammates. Ings would most definitely score more goals if he was in a team with Spurs’ talent. Ings is also just 23-years-old and would represent another youth talent that Pochettino could help mold. This seems to be the Argentinian’s specialty and I am sure that he would love to get his hands on another young English striker.

These are just a handful of names that Spurs could target. Overall, Tottenham must add a striker next season, and they would do well with the addition of any of the above names. There are several other people who could be an option for the Lilywhites as they look to strengthen their Champions League place hopes. Heck, maybe they’ll even make a run in the Europa League next season. Either way, they’ll need another striker to do so.

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