It could be argued that Tottenham fall short on their top-four ambitions in a number of ways. They never seem to stick with a manager long enough for him to build an ethos, they love letting quality goalkeepers rot on the bench and they always sell their best players.
While that three-pronged quarrel is cause enough for Ladbrokes to rate the White Hart Lane club at 4/1 to qualify for the Champions League next season, it’s not even the biggest problem facing Mauricio Pochettino this term.
Five teams have better chances of reaching Europe’s Promised Land according to the bookie and at each one their reserve strikers is better than the Argentine’s first choice, Emmanuel Adebayor.
Backed up by Roberto Soldado’s broken spirit and Harry Kane’s inexperience, the Spurs strikeforce is as fearsome as Gyles Brandreth in a fight, with the trio combining to net precisely one of the club’s nine top-flight goals.
Pochettino will do well to replace all three bumbling front men this January, but he can at least introduce some pep when the transfer window reopens and there’s three men in France who can provide just that.
Andre-Pierre Gignac, Alexandre Lacazette and Wissam Ben Yedder have all pinged the lids in their goalscoring campaigns and could reinvigorate the punch provided to Tottenham’s attacks this season.
Marseille’s Gignac is in the most impressive form, equalling Spurs’ entire Premier League goal tally on his own, and in as many appearances.
At 28 he wouldn’t be a buy for the long term and could well be the most costly considering the influence he’s having on Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Lacazette, who has seven goals for Lyon, and Ben Yedder, who has bagged six at Toulouse, are both young enough, at 23 and 24 respectively, to warrant heavy investment.
Neither man is a flash in the pan. Lacazette scored 15 times last term while Ben Yedder notched 16 in Ligue 1 and both possess the type of pace that Spurs sorely lack through the middle.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
Fancy a flutter? Sign up today to claim up to £100 in free bets.