The recent friendly against Schalke, however, revealed how things might look should Pochettino use Adebayor and Soldado in tandem.
It was an approach that Tim Sherwood toyed with at times last season, but ultimately, for one reason or another, it didn’t evolve into Spurs’ plan A.
This season, however, it might be a different story.
Both players scored in the 2-1 victory over the German side, as the new manager opted for a 4-4-2-cum-4-2-4, using both men together up front, flanked by Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend.
Indeed, it could be that using Adebayor alongside Soldado ultimately manages to bring the best out of the Spaniard.
The former Valencia man will doubtless enjoy working alongside the West African and profiting from the space created by his astute movement and intelligent positioning.
As reported by Jim van Wijk of the Standard, the new manager has acknowledged that he is open to the notion of playing both men together:
In Southampton we did it with Ricky [sic] Lambert and Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana and we are flexible. Sometimes we play with two strikers and sometimes with one striker in the same game, but we always play with the same philosophy
We need to be protagonists and always press high, work hard and be a dynamic team, but after we have a lot of games and we have time for all the players to show and play.
Tom Collomosse, writing for the Standard, believes that Pochettino will look to build his team around the striker this season—with or without Soldado.