Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, has claimed that Tottenham would not be rendered much weaker if they sold Harry Kane and replaced him with Raul Jimenez.
Kane’s future has been subject to a lot of speculation over the past few weeks. The Spurs star has been linked with a move to Manchester United (Daily Mail), Real Madrid (Diario Madridista), Juventus (Tuttosport), and PSG (AS).
Meanwhile, the Lilywhites themselves have been linked with a move for Wolves striker, Raul Jimenez, who has been in terrific form for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side since joining.
Soccer Link in France have suggested that Jose Mourinho could use his agent friend, Jorge Mendes, to assist in bringing the Mexican international to North London this summer.
Phillips feels that the Wolves star would be an ideal replacement for Kane should he depart. Speaking to Football Insider, the former Premier League Golden Boot winner said: “If Kane was to leave I think Jimenez has already shown what he is capable of.
“He would be the perfect fit for the players that Tottenham have got. The players that would be in and around him are pretty similar to Wolves.
“Would he be as good as Kane? Probably not but he would not be far away. He has shown this season he has got a bit of everything.
“It would take a hell of a bid, but the money would be there if Kane was sold.
“I think it would be an ideal fit. Jimenez has shown he can take the knocks and the bumps and dish it out as well. He suits Mourinho as well – can hold the ball up.”
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Kane and Jimenez both have a physical presence, boast great technique, and like to drop deep to pick out runners. Kane, however, is much the superior finisher when compared to the Wolves star. The England captain will not leave Tottenham this summer and so I cannot see us moving for Jimenez. However, I do agree that we can do much worse than replacing Kane with Jimenez if and when the 26-year-old does leave.
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