Even the most optimistic Spurs fans were beginning to accept that Europa League qualification was the best the club could hope for this season. After selling expensive flop Roberto Soldado to Villareal (where he has regained his goalscoring touch), Tottenham Hotspur appeared short of attacking options. The fans hope Harry Kane can replicate last season’s heroics, but know that neither Christian Eriksen nor Erik Lamela can be relied upon to score every week.
For this reason, Tottenham’s pursuit of the talented West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino made sense. However, after two bids were rejected, the club used the £22m they had set aside for Berahino to sign an alternative target most fans have never heard of: Son Heung-min. The 23-year-old has an unremarkable scoring record of 41 goals in 135 Bundesliga matches and although his 6’1 height may see him combine well with 6’2 Harry Kane, Tottenham’s squad lacks the type of wingers necessary to capitalise on their strikers’ stature.
Spurs fans can see the club plateauing and their initial warmth towards manager Mauricio Pochettino is cooling. The man with the most to lose from the transfer though is Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy who can ill afford another embarrassment in the transfer market.