Since the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur have been left with a void.
In short, a rather large goal-scoring void.
Spurs sought to replace the world’s most expensive player, with the triple addition of Valencia’s Roberto Soldado, Roma’s Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli from FC Twente. Largely, their efforts have been well short of what was expected of the trio.
Argentine Lamela, has shown glimpses of his abilities, but statistically has fallen way short of his £32 million transfer fee and 24 goal-haul the season of his move from Rome to North London – but, as was perhaps expected.
After a turbulent debut Premier League campaign, playing only 331 minutes of action, Lamela has began to find his feet on the White Hart Lane turf, aided by the belief of his compatriot coach, Mauricio Pochettino. But still, is seven assists and two goals for a season enough? in a word, no.
For former Valencia hitman Soldado, there is a similar story.
After scoring five of his six goals from the penalty spot, in the inaugural weeks of his debut, the Spaniard still only scored on one solitary occasion from open play and more-over, his presence has faded into the shadows this term.
Only really Nacer Chadli can claim to have been a success. The Belgian netted eleven times with a further six assists this past campaign, topping Christian Eriksen’s efforts and only Spurs’ in-house goal machine Harry Kane can boast better figures.
The sheer irony is not lost on Tottenham fans.
Chadli’s fee was a paltry £7m compared to the significantly higher 26 million for Soldado and +30 for Lamela.
Spurs’ issue of late has been what the North Londoner’s can offer with the absence of Champions League football on the table.
As a result, the club have been forced to dig deeper into chairman Daniel Levy’s almost carvernous – at times – pockets, to balance a deal.
With this in mind, Spurs are perhaps looking to uncover hidden gems from across Europe, with smaller price tags on their head.
Accordingly, German paper Bild are reporting that Tottenham have had a £10 million pound offer rejected for the Stuttgart and Bundesliga forward, but Spurs are likely to return for the 19-year old German.
Despite having made 32 appearances this past season, Werner has only scored three times. Nevertheless Stuttgart’s ‘Juwel’ or ‘Turbo-Timo’ as he is known, is still a much sought-after player from the ranks of Der DFB.
Spurs may have competition from an unknown Italian side, but the lure of Premier League football may swing the issue in Tottenham’s favour.
The question is, how would Spurs’ fanbase see this potential move? They have seen highly rated players essentially flop in front of their eyes, so would a more low-key arrival be music to their ears?
The club arguably need another goal outlet away from Harry Kane, but with Werner’s role as a forward, how could the German fit into Pochettino’s system and more to the point would he?
Mauricio Pochettino has already made defensive reinforcements for Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer in the post-season, but could the Argentine be set to make an early addition in the offensive areas?
With echoes of Bale and the Champions League now a relative distant memory, the Lilywhite’s next addition in an attacking area, may be their most critical one.