The Boro boss told the Evening Gazette he had been forced to scour the international market after injury wiped out three of his four front-line forwards.
Only Dong-Gook Lee provides any kind of experience, yet the South Korean hasn't yet scored in the Premier League.
Southgate remained positive and focussed today, saying: "It's incredible. At the start of the season, we had injuries to all our centre-halves - we have now got injuries to three of our four centre-forwards.
"We are having a fair amount thrown at us at the moment, but we roll our sleeves up and we take on the challenge.
"We might have to look at non-contract players, play people in different positions or change formations or give young players a chance.
"These situations create opportunities elsewhere in the squad and we'll go to Spurs with a team which is capable of winning the game."