Five matches into the season Tottenham have earned a 1-3-1 record and accumulated just four goals, leaving very little doubt that manager Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in the amidst of an attacking crisis that can only be remedied during the January transfer session.
Spurs scrapped together their first victory of the season, dropping Sunderland 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday thanks to midfielder Ryan Mason’s goal in the 82nd minute. But Pochettino can’t escape the fact that star striker Harry Kane has come up short on 17 shot attempts, only four of which being on target, and no other forward has even fired off a shot. Thus far, Mason and midfielder Nacer Chadli are just behind Kane at 12 shots apiece.
Pochettino has yet to tap summer signing and forward Clinton N'Jie for any sort of duties. The 22-year-old Nigerian, who signed a five-year agreement last month and has received his work permit and clearances to play, hasn’t made a single appearance.
Spurs scoring abilities took even more of a hit following Emmanuel Adebayor’s release on Sunday, with Pochettino telling the Togo international he wasn’t in the squad’s plans. Indeed, an already thin group of forwards got even thinner and Tottenham may be desperate to land a quality scorer to keep their European competition hopes alive.
It’s possible N'Jie makes his debut shortly, with Europa League group stage beginning Thursday. But for the long haul of the Premier League season, Tottenham may have no choice but to spend during the January transfer market.
The latest reports indicate Basel striker Breel Embolo is on Tottenham’s radar. Talk Sport reports Spurs and Arsenal could be in contention for the 18-year-old Cameroonian, who has totaled three goals already in the Swiss League, continuing to build off his 17-goal effort of last season.
Embolo is currently valued at £10 million, which is a fee Spurs are likely to meet unless a bidding war ensues with Arsene Wenger and the Gunners.
Tottenham may also try to reinvigorate talks with West Brom over striker Saido Berahino, especially after the player’s very public rant on Twitter over the team’s refusal to send him to White Hart Lane. The 22-year-old went so far as to threaten a strike on the summer transfer’s deadline day.
However, Daily Mail reports team captain and central midfielder Darren Fletcher played down Berahino’s issues with the Hawthorns.
Over the summer, Tottenham president Daniel Levy reportedly issued three bids for Berahino, a talented and creative scorer who could do wonders for Spurs attacking depth. There were reports that Levy's bids reached the £25-million range.