Pundit Stan Collymore has stated that Tottenham Hotspur should have made a bigger effort to sign a world-class centre forward this summer, coining Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain as players that the Premier League side should have targeted.

Harry Kane has been the White Hart Lane outfit’s main number nine for a number of seasons, with the lack of a back-up option putting pressure on the England international to score consistently last term.

Mauricio Pochettino moved to land Netherlands international Vincent Janssen this summer, with the Dutch attacker providing competition for places and support in the final third for the Premier League outfit.

Collymore has stated that for Kane to reach his potential, a big-name attacker would have aided his development, while a tried-and-tested striker would have taken Spurs to the next level.

“This ­summer, Tottenham ­chairman Daniel Levy knew he had the added revenue from the Champions League and a third-place finish in the Premier League, so why he didn’t shell out for such as Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani is ­beyond me,” the former Liverpool man wrote in The Mirror.

“But landing a striker of their standing would have been win-win for Tottenham and for Kane.

“Signing a Higuain or a Cavani would have taken some of the pressure off and afforded him the odd break that most, if not all, players need.

“Kane would also get the chance to learn from a world-class striker – and that same world-class striker would also be scoring goals for Spurs. And it would have put that extra bit of pressure for his place on Kane and all players need that.

“That is a pressure Vincent Janssen isn’t going to give him. Not only that, but it would have given Kane the time he needs to develop.”

Kane scored his first goal of the Premier League season in the 4-0 rout of Stoke City last weekend and looks likely to lead the line against Sunderland later today.

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