Tottenham have stepped up their hunt for a new striker after sending new Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell to watch Sevilla's Carlos Bacca as the Spaniards played Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Europa League.
Harry Kane has starred this season, leading the Spurs attack and scoring 24 goals this season but beyond him Roberto Soldado has continued to struggle in front of goal while Emmanuel Adebayor has endured one of his too frequent lean patches.
As a result, a new striker is much needed, not only to add to Mauricio Pochettino's options but to take some of the burden of young Kane's shoulders. The English striker is set to earn his full cap for his country this month in the internationals against Latvia and Italy, and could also represent the U21s in the European Championship's this summer.
That could leave the striker at risk of burn out, and the players behind him in the pecking order do not inspire confidence.
Soldado has only four goals in 31 appearances, while Adebayor is no longer included in match day squads. Bacca has 14 goals in 24 appearances this season, 35 in 76 in two seasons with Sevilla, and a career record that is slightly better than one goal every two games.
The Columbian has also represented his country 15 times, scoring six times, and winning the penalty goal consolation in the 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the World Cup.
That kind of scoring record naturally attracts attention, and Sevilla's demands that the striker's £18million release fee is met in full may prove prohibit. At 28, there is little resell and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will still remember the £26million he shelled out for another striker with a proven record in La Liga.
However, given the progression Tottenham have made under Pochettino and the new TV deal that was signed recently, the Argentine deserves the backing of his chairman, especially in an area that needs urgent improvement.
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