The difficulty Pochettino faces in trying to sign forwards was perhaps best articulated when he revealed Tottenham’s interest in Alvaro Morata before the former Real Madrid man joined Chelsea in July 2017.
Pochettino said: “Morata talked about me in the media he said, ‘Mauricio called me’. That was from the beginning — two years ago or more. When we spoke he said to me, ‘Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane?’
“You know? If I go to try to sign a striker, they will all say, ‘Uh, gaffer. You want me for what? To be on the bench? Because it’s Harry Kane, I can’t compete with Harry Kane’.”
That exchange may say as much about Morata’s attitude as Tottenham’s dilemma, but it is a fact that any forward the club look at must accept that Kane will always be the main man.
Spurs were given no chance when Guardiola’s City arrived at White Hart Lane in October 2016 on the back of 10 wins and a draw in their first 11 games under the Spaniard. But, without Kane, Pochettino’s team won 2-0 with Dele Alli getting one of the goals.