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Inside Lane: Tottenham’s January transfer window has worrying echoes of 2012

10:50 02 February 2016

Harry Kane (right) battles with Leicester's N'Golo Kante at White Hart Lane

Harry Kane (right) battles with Leicester's N'Golo Kante at White Hart Lane

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Tottenham blogger George Lacey feels the lack of support for Harry Kane could undermine the second half of Spurs’ season.

In the corresponding transfer window four years ago, Spurs were sitting pretty in third position in the Premier League and looking to strengthen in January 2012, to bolster their chances of a top-four finish.

While exciting moves for La Liga strikers Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente and Guiseppe Rossi were mooted, Spurs ended up signing Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha on free transfers.

We went on to record a meagre five wins in our last 15 Premier League matches from the start of February – enough for a fourth-place finish but not enough to secure Champions League football because Chelsea won the competition and stole our spot.

Four years on, there is an element of déjà vu. Spurs are fourth in the Premier League, five points behind leaders Leicester City, but have again decided against bolstering the front line, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino trusting his existing group of players.

The upshot is that our hopes of Champions League football and, dare I say it, title ambitions lie squarely on the shoulders of 22-year-old Harry Kane. Those shoulders are broad, and he is more than happy to take on the mantle, but for how long we rely on our beloved centre forward?

Many fans have lambasted chairman Daniel Levy for not supporting Pochettino with any signings in the window. A £5million move for French forward Moussa Dembele looked rubber-stamped after he had a medical on Saturday but that fell through, with Tottenham refusing to allow him to rejoin Fulham on loan until the end of the season.

The only addition has been Shilow Tracey, a 17-year-old who has arrived from Conference outfit Ebbsfleet United, while various players have left – Andros Townsend joining Newcastle, Milos Veljkovic moving to Werder Bremen, Shaquile Coulthirst signing for Peterborough and Alex Pritchard and Federico Fazio being loaned to West Brom and Sevilla respectively.

So the question on every Spurs fan’s lips is: What do we do if Kane gets injured? The answer is: pray he doesn’t!

Yes, this Spurs team is nothing like we’ve seen at the Lane in recent years – hard to beat, full of grit and with a new-found winning mentality. It’s all very refreshing and exciting to watch. But I worry we haven’t learnt our lesson from four years ago and fear a lack of support for Kane up top could be our downfall, again.

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