With Tottenham Hotspur's search for a crisis beginning to enter panic mode, Mauricio Pochettino may be ruing his failure to launch a bid for Roma forward Edin Dzeko.
The Bosnian, a proven goalscorer on these shores since moving from Wolfsburg in January 2011, was allowed to join the Serie A side from Manchester City having fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.
And with Spurs having seen a £22 million bid for Saido Berahino rejected, Pochettino is under scrutiny for not even daring to attempt to sign Dzeko who would have given them more of an attacking threat.
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With Harry Kane already misfiring and Roberto Soldado finally offloaded back to Spain with Villarreal, Tottenham's attacking options look thin when compared to their rivals.
Liverpool, who were pipped to fifth place by the Londoners on the final day of the last season, moved quickly to bring the likes of Christian Benteke and Danny Ings to Merseyside.
Dzeko would have been a useful signing
Chelsea snapped up Radamel Falcao on loan, whilst United welcomed back Javier Hernandez who despite barely featuring for the Red Devils is still an upgrade on anything Spurs currently have in reserve.
Even Arsenal with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have a strike force superior to their north London rivals - and that's without Edinson Cavani or Karim Benzema.
It is not as if Spurs didn't know what Dzeko could do - he scored against them more often than not - but not for the first time have gone about their business in the wrong way.
Ever since Gareth Bale left for Real Madrid the club have failed to bring in the right players, blowing the £86 million they received on the likes of Soldado and Erik Lamela whose overall cost came close to £56 million.
At the time the likes of David Villa and Joao Moutinho were available, only for Franco Baldini to ignore the advice of Andre Villas-Boas and pursue elsewhere.
Emmanuel Adebayor was one arrival yet, even if he is a disruptive influence, the Togo forward has never truly had the backing of the club's hierarchy or supporters.
Dzeko would have brought experience and potency to a team in desperate need of both, but Pochettino's pursuit of Berahino exposes some serious problems with Daniel Levy and their transfer strategy.
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