After applying the iron to their early-season creases, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has started identifying the areas of his squad that need attention.
The weaker aspects of the Spurs side, or so the papers assume, are left-back and up front, but the solutions they believe the Argentine has in mind strike as a little strange.
Aston Villa left-back Aly Cissokho is the first of these obscure shortlisted names.
The former Liverpool loanee has set about rebuilding his reputation as a competent portside defender at Villa Park after coming in for hefty portions of criticism throughout his spell at Anfield.
Spurs – evens to beat Leicester on Boxing Day – share the same top-four finish aspirations as Liverpool and if Cissokho was deemed insufficient to operate at the required standard by the Reds decision-makers, surely he isn’t going to be an improvement on those they currently have to pick from.
In Danny Rose and Ben Davies they have two youthful, potential-loaded left-backs who, especially in the case of the latter, they paid a sizeable sum to acquire.
After months of mulling over the move for Welsh defender Davies and deciding to go through with it, to replace him after just half a season would rank as something of a rash move, especially with some who isn’t a marked improvement on him.
With the likes of Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao potentially available in January, Cissokho’s potential acquisition is one lacking in sparkle.
A slightly more high-profile target would be West Brom’s Saido Berahino, but the extortionate amount of money the Baggies would undoubtedly demand for their top talent renders this another foolish pursuit to undertake.
The Lilywhites are in need of reinforcements up top for sure, but a proven serial net-rustler is required to partner the prolific Harry Kane if they wish to realise their ambition of breaking into the top four, not another youngster.
With the funds signing Burundi-born Berahino would soak up, a player of the aforementioned ilk could easily be sourced and that’s how the approach Spurs must adopt.