Since bursting onto the scene in 2014 Harry Kane has afforded his club one minor headache: how do you sign back-up of necessary quality when prospective purchases are all too aware that all they’ll amount to is… back-up? It’s a detail that caused Alvaro Morata to squirm away from Spurs’s interest last summer, or so Pochettino believed: “[Morata] said to me: ‘Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane?’ If I go to try to sign a striker, they will say: ‘Eh gaffer, you want me for what? To be on the bench?’” This oxymoron of a problem hasn’t stopped Spurs from trying (and failing miserably). We’ve seen Vincent Janssen go out of his way to prove Roberto Soldado’s goal woes weren’t actually that bad while Fernando Llorente’s slow start has now extended all the way through to May; Son Heung-Min — at no lack of trying — has also proved ineffective when leading the line as a number nine in Kane’s absence. After two summer’s worth of signings in misfiring misfits it’s back to the drawing board for Spurs, and it could be a case of third time lucky in their second-striker search. The Burnley Express are reporting that — as well as the Clarets — West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez is now a surprise target for Tottenham amid rumours of an £18m asking price. But should this come as a “surprise”? Routinely detailed, Rodriguez played under Pochettino during the Argentine’s 18-month stint at Southampton — and was a revelation. The former Burnley man excelled in his manager’s high-pressing set-up, looking at ease when deployed anywhere across the Saints’ front three. Rodriguez’s form in the 2013-14 season — 15 goals; three assists — saw him nailed-on for a place in Roy Hodgson’s 2014 World Cup squad. (A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury, two months before the tournament’s commencement, cruelly ruled out a summer in South America.) Transfer links to the bigger and better didn’t fade there though; in 2015, Liverpool, Man City and Spurs were all said to have a strong interest in Rodriguez but following an influx of further injuries the player now finds himself marooned in the Championship at 29-years-of-age. In similar vein to the delayed purchase of Jack Grealish, it’s taxing for Spurs fans to draw animation from signing a Championship player — even more so considering the absence of transfer activity thus far. But just because the name’s not exactly box-office doesn’t automatically make it a bad idea; Rodriguez is a missing piece of the puzzle that actually fits. He’s Premier League proven, up-to-speed with our manager’s rigorous tactical demands and is fairly versatile; all this for £18m, in a market which has been described as the most inflated in years gone-by. The fee and (expected) lowly wage demands would leave us greater room to manoeuvre when tying-up more pressing deals (i.e central midfield); it would also amount to a small dent on Pochettino’s so-far unopened war chest. Will Rodriquez be content playing second fiddle to Kane? It’s fair to say Pochettino wouldn’t have to do much convincing. “Mauricio is the best coach, best manager and best person I've ever worked with,” Rodriguez has said since his Southampton days. “He knows how much I appreciate what he has done and what he still does for me. He constantly speaks to me.” Who knows, they may speak again before 5pm on Thursday.