LONDON (AFP) – Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho claimed a lack of striking options is taking its toll on his stretched squad despite ending a four-game winless streak in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Norwich early yesterday.
Son Heung-min’s header 11 minutes from time moved Spurs up to sixth and within six points of Chelsea in the battle for a top-four finish.
However, another uninspired performance did little to suggest they are capable of chasing down Mourinho’s old club unless more firepower is added before the end of the transfer window this month.
Spurs’ struggle for goals of late has coincided with the loss of Harry Kane for the majority of what remains of the season after surgery on a hamstring injury.
Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose is the latest striker linked with a move to north London and Mourinho’s desire for a new forward was not eased by what he saw against the weakest defence in the division.
“We are in a situation when I have to think, think, think. I look to the bench and we don’t have attacking players,” said the Portuguese.
“When Chelsea want to win they bring on Michy Batshuayi. When Manchester City want to change Gabriel Jesus they bring in Sergio Aguero. We are so, so unlucky with injuries.”
Tottenham did at least score for the first time in the league in 2020 when Serge Aurier’s cross picked out Dele Alli to slide in and convert at the near post seven minutes before half-time.
Thereafter, Norwich had the better chances and can count themselves unlucky not to pick up at least a point in their battle for survival as they remain six points from safety.
“We are all disappointed in the dressing room. It was a fantastic away performance,” said Canaries boss Daniel Farke.
“It’s difficult when you don’t win games because it’s not good for the mood or confidence. We deserved at least one point.”