Former Chelsea and United midfielder Ray Wilkins has urged Tottenham to break the bank on Atletico Madrid poster-boy Antoine Griezmann this Summer.
The future of French forward Antoine Griezmann has been the talk of the pre-season so far with strong interest from Manchester United pointing towards a possible exit from Atletico Madrid for the 26 year old. However, Griezmann seems just as likely to sign a new contract in Madrid as he is to leave.
Despite this, former England midfielder Ray Wilkins believes Spurs should upset the odds and make a sensational move to bring the star forward to Tottenham this Summer. He said to SkySports:
“They need to spend in a forward position because if Harry Kane gets injured, they’re going to struggle.”
“You’ve got a chance of winning, you’ve already got the best defence, now you add Griezmann alongside Harry Kane with Dele sitting in behind him, you’ve got three players who score goals.”
Griezmann has been in red-hot form this season scoring 29 goals in all competitions as well as contributing a further 10 assists. It’s stats like these that Wilkins believes Spurs are missing if we want to win the title.
“Defensively you’re sound, I don’t hear any noise from Tottenham that they’re going in for somebody but a Griezmann signing would be something very special.”
“I know it goes beyond their pay structure and Mr Levy would have a lot of people rapping on his door asking for rises.”
“But if Tottenham think they are going to win the league with the guys they got at the moment, then I think they’re barking up the wrong tree for next season.”
Personally, I think Wilkins is making a fool out of himself here. First of all, Kane’s been injured on two separate occasions last season and the team performed beautifully all the same. Secondly, he claims Spurs only have two players who can score goals. He seems to have forgotten about all of Heung-Min Son’s 22 goals last season.
And finally, this squad is totally capable of winning the league. 86 points is a title winning tally. We have a stupendous defence, as well as a reliable squad of goalkeepers behind them, should the defence be breached. We have a stunning midfield in Dier, Wanyama and Dembele, who tend to control the pace of every match we play, not to mention Winks on the rise.
And as for our attack, Alli, Son and Kane have 79 goals between them at 21, 24 and 23 years of age, respectively. Let’s not forget Eriksen either, who managed the second highest amount of assists (15) last season, in the Premier League alone. We conceded the fewest, scored the most and have amassed the more Premier League points than any other club in the last 2 years. I say it’s only a matter of time.
That said, I’d be all for signing Griezmann. I just don’t think it’s on the cards. What do you think?
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