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Tottenham’s failure to sign backup striker revealed as Nuno faces tough appeal against Harry Kane against NS Mura

S Mura was founded the day after Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal for Manchester City in 2012, but even Tottenham’s easiest Europa League opponents on paper will pose tough questions to Nuno Espirito Santo under pressure.

The main one is who will play up front against the Slovenian minnows tonight. Harry Kane is Nuno’s only senior striker but has started the last five games and if he needs to rest, surely now is the time.

Kane, however, continues to strive for peak fitness and form, with his only goals this season in the Conference League and League Cup play-offs, so Nuno may deem tonight as the perfect opportunity for the England captain to take his flight. .

But the risks of playing Kane in every game are well established, so something has to give – before his ankles do.

The only other recognized center-forward in Nuno’s squad is 17-year-old Dane Scarlett, a bright prospect but still inexperienced at this level.

Scarlett barely touched as Spurs lost 1-0 in the play-off first leg against Portuguese club Pacos de Ferreira and another tricky question for Nuno is whether the teenager starts in a changed squad at this point. stage of its development. could do more harm than good.

Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son can substitute up front, but it’s truly extraordinary that Spurs haven’t put more effort into signing a replacement for Kane, a recurring theme in the 28-year-old’s time at the club. .

This is the third season since Kane’s breakthrough in 2014-15 that he’s the only center-forward recognized in Spurs’ books and, despite all of his relentless desire to play every minute, you have to wonder about the impact. on Kane’s body and whether the club has to some extent failed him by not providing more consistent support or competition.

Despite all of his limitations, lender Carlos Vinicius was more than capable of delivering in the Europa League last season, directly contributing to nine goals, including three assists, in as many appearances in the competition. Spurs could have done it with a like-minded assistant this season.