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Tottenham suffered a blow when Jermain Defoe went off injured during the first half. Post-match, Andre Villas-Boas told BBC Sport he expects him to be out for around three weeks.
At the time of writing it is not certain how much longer they will be without Emmanuel Adebayor, with him due to play in Togo's African Cup of Nations quarterfinal against Burkina Faso later on Sunday.
Even if Adebayor is back this week, it is likely time for Andre Villas-Boas to involve one of his squad's younger, less experienced forwards—either Harry Kane or Jonathan Obika.
As they did against West Brom, Spurs could feasibly play without a recognized striker. Clint Dempsey knows how to lead a forward line, and with support from Bale, Aaron Lennon, etc., there is goals in that lineup. Some supporters have even argued for Bale playing up front.
Even if Villas-Boas decides to move forward with this strategy, he could do with having the option of a traditional forward to call upon.
Kane was recalled from his loan at Norwich City with such a purpose in mind. Injuries robbed him of his chance to shine at Carrow Road for most of his spell and now he has got to be keen to play. Obika will surely be too after getting on against Leeds United last week.
It is not clear yet if either has the necessary quality to become regulars at White Hart Lane. There is more hope for Kane, who is younger and especially impressed at Millwall last season.
Whoever is preferred, one of them should at least be given the chance to make an impact. Even if it is for just a 10-minute spell here or there, it could make a difference.