Stats: Who should be first-choice striker for Spurs this season?

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Mauricio Pochettino currently has three strikers to choose from ahead of his first season at Spurs manager, but who deserves to be his first-choice forward?

Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane look set to battle for a starting role in the Premier League under Pochettino this season, though all three will be used throughout the campaign as Spurs will compete in four competitions once again.

Harry Kane has made the rise through Tottenham's youth levels into the first-team and scored three goals in ten league appearances under Tim Sherwood last term, and will hope that Pochettino can continue to help him develop this year.

Though the 21-year-old is unlikely to see off competition from Adebayor and Soldado for a starting role in the league, and the more experienced duo look set to go head-to-head.

The pair can play effectively together, as they showed in glimpses last season, though a lot will depend on how Soldado plays this year as the Spaniard struggled to make enough of an impact following his £26 million move from Valencia last summer.

If he can find the goalscoring form that he displayed in Spain for so long, then the 29-year-old will be a deadly force in and around the goal, and his ability to bring teammates into play is something that he has already shown.

Adebayor can also bring others into the game well, and his physical presence may make him a more appealing option to start as the lone forward.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistChance Created / appsAccurate Pass / appsAerial Won / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsTouches / appsMins
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 28 6 5 1.04 16.00 0.54 2.07 29.71 1,931
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 21 11 4 1.62 31.38 1.90 2.10 54.38 1,808
Harry Kane Spurs FW 10 3 0 0.70 12.30 1.30 2.80 26.60 499

Adebayor was the most effective in front of goal last year, and his dominance in the air make him a strong candidate to start as the lone striker for Spurs this term.

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The Togolese forward also created more chance per appearance and was heavily involved as he averaged 54.38 touches per game, a substantially larger amount than either Kane or Soldado could manage.

Soldado is sure to improve on last year's performances if he stays with Spurs for a second season, though the statistics would suggest that Adebayor is the best forward option for Pochettino.

Who should be Tottenham's first-choice striker this season?

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