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World beyond Kane

Tottenham Hotspur were active in the recent January transfer window with two promising players crossing over from Serie A club Juventus. Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski will boost the midfield but have Spurs failed to address the area of the pitch that needs the most attention?

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In Harry Kane, Tottenham have one of the most prolific strikers to have ever played the game. He seems certain to break all manner of records but, when he’s failing to fire, his club offers little in the way of support.

Lack of back-up

Ever since Harry Kane burst through at Tottenham to displace Roberto Soldado, the club has largely relied on the English striker to be their sole source of goals. Other centre-forwards, including Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente, were signed but were quickly moved on due to a lack of game time.

 

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In the current Spurs lineup, Son Heung-Min plays as an advanced midfielder and the South Korean international has a sound scoring record. However, there is little in the way of support from midfield and that may prevent Antonio Conte’s side from achieving their aims.

Tottenham targets

Having lost back to back games to Chelsea and Southampton, Spurs are starting to drift away in the battle for Champions League places. Manchester United are holding on to fourth place at the time of writing while Arsenal and West Ham United are also in the mix.

With Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool almost certain to finish in the Premier League top three, the battle is firmly on for that final Champions League slot. It could be a close call but, according to betting websites attached to Asiabet.org, Manchester United are the firm favourites to cling onto that fourth place. 

Those sportsbooks are finding it difficult to split the remaining sides with Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham all carrying similar odds. There is plenty of time left for each of those clubs to make a late charge and claim that fourth place. As results come in, the sportsbooks mentioned will adjust their odds and Asiabet.org will outline all of the updates.

While checking the markets, visitors can also take in news from around the football world together with opinions on the game. With all of that knowledge to hand, it’s also possible to get involved with that Top Four market.

Each of the bookmakers listed on the homepage will be ready to accept new registrations. Anyone looking to sign up should find some generous welcome offers in most places while there are many ongoing promotions for existing players. 

Moving forward, a choice of deposit and withdrawal options plus the possibility of betting on mobile apps can also be found. It’s a one-stop-shop for the Premier League but Spurs may have to wait another year for those top-4 ambitions.

Who can step in?

In the past, when Harry Kane has been injured, Tottenham have pushed either Son Heung-Min or Dele Alli further forward. They’ve also tested promising youngsters Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott but neither has grasped their opportunity thus far.

Current manager Antonio Conte has already hinted at some impatience with the club’s transfer policy and he’s unlikely to be happy if this situation is ongoing. Spurs desperately need backup to take the pressure away from Harry Kane.

There are suggestions that Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham Hotspur for a third spell at the club. While he’s not an out and out striker, the Welsh international scores heavily from the left-wing and that would be a positive move if Bale remains at a high level of fitness.

Beyond the return of a former favourite, Spurs should be spending heavily in the summer. The issue in the past has related to players having to wait on the substitutes’ bench while Kane starts as a first choice, lone frontman.

A centre forward in the prime of their career will be unwilling to wait in reserve so Tottenham must find a way of playing two strikers in the same starting XI. Moving forward, this could make the difference between success and failure while ending that long wait for an overdue major trophy

Vatsal Gupta
A die-hard Red Devil, who has straight up not had a good time since 2012. Lives on Korean dramas and books and can often be heard talking about armchair psychological stuff.

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