Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool striker Divock Origi might be the right man to serve as Harry Kane’s backup at Tottenham.
The issue of having a top-quality back to Kane, who would be content with a bit-part role, is one that has plagued Spurs for several years.
Apart from Fernando Llorente, who performed the role admirably for two seasons, the North Londoners have not succeeded in finding a suitable backup to the England captain.
Reports indicate (Fabrizio Romano’s YouTube channel – starting at 7:39) that Antonio Conte is keen on securing another number nine when the transfer window reopens in January.
Conte was honest about the situation last week, admitting that he cannot afford to rest Kane at the moment since the team lacks another natural target man.
Carragher believes that Origi might be the answer to Tottenham’s problems, given his ability to consistently make an impact off the bench.
The pundit suggested the Belgian international, who came off the bench to score the winner in the Reds’ 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday, might be content with a bit-part role at Spurs.
The former Liverpool centre-back told Sky Sports: “When you think of Harry Kane or you think of teams who have got a really good striker, Everton – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and you think, ‘Who can I buy who knows he will be a sub and can still make an impact?’
“He will never play for the Liverpool front-three for a prolonged period of time. He is not good enough. But his ability from the bench.
“Whether there are people around Europe or you are looking to replace a Harry Kane or someone to come off the bench, whether that should be something that they should be looking at.”
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Origi is a very good shout for what we need and Spurs should have arguably gone for the Belgian a few years ago.
However, the big question with the 26-year-old is whether he would want a regular first-team role should he decide to leave Liverpool.
Like at Anfield, the striker will know that he will be nothing more than a bit-part player at Tottenham.
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