While Tottenham Hotspur remain in the running over four competitions this season, the club face an attacking dilemma over the next month.
Injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli come at the worst possible time, with Son Heung-min also away on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup.
I, like almost every Tottenham fan, hope and pray that the club dips into the transfer market and brings in a reinforcement or two before the end of January.
However, with Daniel Levy’s recent track record and a new stadium to pay for, the potential likelihood of a new attacker arriving in North London seems slim.
As such, Tottenham will need to rely on other players to step up and deliver in important games.
Fernando Llorente is the only recognised fit striker in the Spurs squad currently and looks set to continue in the starting XI.
The Spanish veteran was signed from Swansea City in the summer of 2017 to provide competition and back-up to Kane, but his time at Tottenham has been largely underwhelming.
Llorente looks devoid of confidence and far from the player that starred for Athletic Bilbao, Juventus, Swansea and Spain.
He was given the nod to start at Fulham over the weekend, but scored an own goal and missed a great opportunity.
Tottenham’s fans are starting to turn on Llorente, with the messages on social media far from encouraging.
While there is little doubt that the Spaniard is a player with much of a future at the club, Spurs need him at the moment – starting with the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on Thursday night against Chelsea.
Llorente is no Harry Kane and yes, there are better alternatives out there in the transfer market if the club are willing to spend the money.
But, for the time being, Tottenham’s fans need to provide Llorente with love and support as we need the target man if Spurs are to break their silverware drought this season.