From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - ​Whenever Tottenham tweet a fitness update regarding Harry Kane, it's never received too well by their fans.

That was exactly the case earlier in January, when Spurs confirmed the England striker would likely not return until April with a hamstring problem.

The north London club haven't turned into a one-man team in the conventional sense, but without a viable alternative to Kane they do look somewhat clueless in attack.

Jose Mourinho,Harry Kane

It was the same story on Wednesday night as Spurs hosted Norwich, looking for their first Premier League win - and goal - of 2020 following a run of two draws and two defeats from their previous four games.

With Chelsea and Arsenal dropping points with their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Spurs had to win to keep any hope of a top-four finish and Champions League football next season alive.

And they did. Fair play. They got a win. Their first in the league this year. It's all looking up. Maybe.

But in reality, Wednesday night was tricky for José Mourinho, in part because he didn't have that focal point to his attack that Kane provides.

Lucas Moura,Dele Alli

It's January, and though the pessimist in your average Tottenham fan would tell you signing a striker is pretty unlikely, it's a punt the club need to take to ensure the side have a more concise game plan for when they come up against tougher opposition. While Norwich gave a good account of themselves on Wednesday, there are tougher challenges ahead for Spurs.

Now, hopefully that doesn't mean they end up signing Islam Slimani, Willian José or any other of the myriad of strikers they've been linked with this month, but action is required. It's not acceptable for a top six side's game plan to all but go out the window when one player is missing, even if that player is the club's best.

Make no mistake, there can be no replacing Kane with a recruit of similar quality. He's one of the best strikers in the world, and you'd be looking at silly money to find someone who comes close to offering what the 26-year-old does.


But there has to be a back-up option. At least last season there was Fernando Llorente. Granted, the poor Spaniard often looked dead on his feet trying to press from the front, but at least the lanky striker gave Tottenham's other attackers something to aim for.

At the moment, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura have been tasked with leading the line, with Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso featuring as support while Harry Winks holds the midfield together.

Throwing all your other attacking players at the problem does sound like fun, but it didn't hold up in the goalless draw at Watford and it was a similar story against Norwich, though they did manage to break through twice in the 2-1 wn.

There is still optimism that ​Tottenham could finish in the top four. ​Chelsea remain inconsistent for all their youthful exuberance, while ​Manchester United and ​Arsenal are, well, Manchester United and Arsenal.

But things need to change soon. Whether it's giving youngster Troy Parrott a chance to lead the line or bringing in a new head, Spurs need the focal point in attack that Kane provides when he's fit.

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