The attacking options available to Jose Mourinho due to injuries affecting Son Heung-min and Harry Kane

Jose Mourinho has had some difficult decisions to make over the last two games.

A long-term hamstring injury to main striker Harry Kane left the Tottenham boss short on striking options, something which he tried to rectify during the January transfer window, but with no luck.

However, Mourinho had Son Heung-min to fall back on with the South Korean stepping into Kane’s shoes by scoring four Premier League goals in the England captain’s absence, including two in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

But it was in the opening exchanges of that game where Son suffered a fractured arm and despite playing on and scoring a last minute winner, the forward faces up to 12 weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.


The absence of a natural striker has been evident during both the 1-0 Champions League loss against RB Leipzig and the 2-1 Premier League defeat vs Chelsea just three days later.

Tottenham are next in action when they face Wolves in the Premier League game, a match which could be crucial in Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top five positions this season.

False nine:

For the past two games, Mourinho has opted to play without a striker and instead go for someone in the ‘false nine’ position. Lucas Moura and January arrival Steven Bergwijn have already been tried in the role, so far without success.

Spurs have scored just one goal since Son’s injury, and that was an own goal from Antonio Rudiger who deflected Erik Lamela’s effort into the back of the net with just 90 seconds of normal time left to play against Chelsea.

Two other options for Mourinho if he wishes to stick with the false number nine are Lamela or Dele Alli.

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Lamela’s introduction in the second half of the games against RB Leipzig Chelsea did give Spurs more of an attacking impetus, with the Argentine playing a major role in the goal vs the Blues.


However, according to Twenty3, it is Bergwijn who comes out on top in attacking stats. During this season at PSV the Dutchman has completed 3.60 progressive runs per 90 minutes, had 5.02 touches in the opposition box per 90 and has won 7.91 attacking duels.

All them numbers are above Moura, Lamela and Alli.

Alli comes out on top with goals scored, having netted seven so far this season, where as Moura has had more shots from headers per 90 than anyone of the four (0.43) and Erik Lamela holds the biggest set-piece threat having taken on 0.39 shots from free kicks per 90 minutes.

Troy Parrott

There is however another option that Mourinho seems reluctant to take in his search for solutions to his striking problems.

It could already be at the club in 18-year-old striker Troy Parrott who is highly rated at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and is slowly breaking into the first team fold.

Troy Parrott

However, shortly after the news of Son’s injury, Mourinho made it clear where he stands on Parrott at this moment in time.

“My thoughts are that Troy Parrott is not ready and Ryan Sessegnon is not a striker,” Mourinho said during his pre-match press conference ahead of the RB Leipzig game.

The teenager has made just one substitute appearance under Jose Mourinho, coming on for the final five minutes of the 5-0 Premier League win over Burnley back in December.


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