Who knows how Spurs’ front line will look at the start of 2013-14 but for once it seems certain that a striker purchase will come ahead of the new campaign. There are other questions too – will Emmanuel Adebayor be retained and will Jermain Defoe leave the club for a second time after a relatively modest record of 15 goals from 43 games last season?
As the new season approaches, several of the youngsters from the fringes of the squad will be looking to make an impact but are any of these players ready to step up and take responsibility as a fourth striker?
Harry always seemed ready for the final test of a potential Tottenham player – a loan deal to another Premiership club – but the move to Norwich seemed a strange one. It was unlikely that the forward would get too much game time alongside Grant Holt while injury left him with a record of five appearances and no goals from his time at Carrow Road.
A subsequent loan to Leicester produced two strikes in 13 but that ratio suggests that he may be going backwards. However, he has one Europa League goal for the club and is still just 19 so another Premiership loan might be the likely option.
At 22, Obika has less time on his hands than Kane but he has a deal at Spurs until 2014 after impressing during the Under 21 version of the Premier League. 2013-14 saw two senior appearances for Tottenham and ten loan games at Charlton that produced three goals.
As impressive as that Under 21 run may have been, this must surely be the season that Jon has to make a big impression at Premiership level.
Arguably the most exciting of the bunch, Ivorian Coulibaly is just 18 and spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie B club Grosseto where he finished with a record of two goals in 12 games. Mid-way through that spell, the striker confessed that he was looking to make his mark at the Lane next season.
“I want to make my name at Spurs next season or in the future, but I have to bide my time because there are some top players in the Premier League in my position,” Coulibaly said.
This man may have the biggest potential of all candidates but perhaps a loan spell in the second tier of English football is a logical move.
The rank outsider, Shaq has only just signed his first professional deal with the club but some outstanding performances in the NextGen tournament – including a hat trick against Barcelona might just take him to the front of the queue.
At the very least, Coulthirst may get some bench time outside of the league matches but does he have the capacity to go further?
The Europa League and Capital One Cup might give Andre Villas-Boas the chance to take a look at some of these players but are any of them ready for the fourth striker slot? If not, what is their next move?