sport news Tottenham haven't bought a successful striker in ELEVEN YEARS

Tottenham Hotspur's ascension as one of England's top clubs can be attributed to the development of one man: Harry Kane. 

Since notching the winner against Aston Villa with a fine free-kick at Villa Park in November 2014 the England captain has been virtually undroppable, and has seen his stock rise as one of the greatest strikers in world football. 

Kane has played 261 games for Spurs across all competitions since making his debut in 2014-15, scoring 183 goals. 

But last Sunday's defeat by Everton in Spurs' Premier League opener raised further questions as to the north London club's reliance on Kane as the man to lead the line, as well as wider concerns about Tottenham's inability to recruit well in the final third. 

The acquisition of Gareth Bale might be a stunning step in the right direction but that does not solve the problem at the point of the spear. 

Harry Kane looked a striker running on empty in Spurs' defeat by Everton on Sunday

Harry Kane looked a striker running on empty in Spurs' defeat by Everton on Sunday

The 27-year-old has led the line superbly for five seasons but is in need of a back up

The 27-year-old has led the line superbly for five seasons but is in need of a back up 

Make no mistake, Tottenham's transfer woes with regards to signing strikers were present long before Kane broke through six years ago. 

That season, Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor were ahead of a young Kane in new boss Mauricio Pochettino's pecking order, with the pair costing the club £26m and £5m respectively.  

Kane's breakthrough in 2014 came at a time when Spurs were struggling to recruit a striker

Kane's breakthrough in 2014 came at a time when Spurs were struggling to recruit a striker

Roberto Soldado, who cost £26m, was poor while Emmanuel Adebayor was underperforming

Roberto Soldado, who cost £26m, was poor while Emmanuel Adebayor was underperforming

Vincent Janssen was brought in for £18.5m and also flopped, with Pochettino not keen

Vincent Janssen was brought in for £18.5m and also flopped, with Pochettino not keen

Clinton N'Jie was another front man long since forgotten having failed to make the grade

Clinton N'Jie was another front man long since forgotten having failed to make the grade

The Spaniard had already spent an unremarkable season at the club and was rapidly being viewed as a flop with every game played. Adebayor, meanwhile, after making an excellent impact while on loan from the season before, was now blowing hot and cold and was causing headaches around the club with his behaviour. 

And pressure was growing on the new Spurs manager to turn promising performances into results. Pochettino had endured a rocky start to life in north London, winning just three of his first nine league games with the club languishing in the bottom half of the league. 

So up stepped Kane, who grabbed at his chance to make the No 9 berth his own. His winner at Villa Park has been viewed as the goal that saved Pochettino's Tottenham career, and more pertinently resolved a gaping problem that had blighted the club for some time.  

Kane propelled Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino (right) into members of the game's elite

Kane propelled Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino (right) into members of the game's elite 

But now he has been run into the ground and Spurs desperately need to ease the burden

But now he has been run into the ground and Spurs desperately need to ease the burden

NOT SO HOT SPURS: STRIKER SIGNINGS IN LAST 11 YEARS 

2020-21

None signed so far

2019-20

None signed

2018-19

None signed

2017-18

Fernando Llorente - £15m

2016-17

Vincent Janssen - £17m

2015-16

Clinton N'Jie - £10m

2014-15

None signed

2013-14

Roberto Soldado £27m

2012-13 

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Emmanuel Adebayor - £5m

2011-12

Emmanuel Adebayor (loan)

Louis Saha - free

2010-11

None signed

2009-10

Peter Crouch - £10m

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Peter Crouch was the last striker signed by Spurs who made a successful impact, and his signing was in 2009. In fact, Tottenham's 'No 9' has scored just four Premier League goals since 2011, and that is excluding penalties. 

The likes of Louis Saha, Roberto Soldado, Clinton N'Jie, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have all been brought in and none have managed to make the sort of impact expected when recruited by Daniel Levy. 

Kane has more than plugged a gap, with his performances over the past five years transforming the club from one on the

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