Opinion: Dusan Vlahovic – A look at a potential Kane replacement for Spurs

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With rumours that Harry Kane is looking to leave Spurs this summer, Tottenham have been linked with many potential replacement strikers, including Dusan Vlahovic.

Vlahovic is a 21-year-old, Serbian striker who plies his trade for Fiorentina in Serie A.

The young Serb enjoyed a breakout year for La Viola last season notching 21 goals and 2 assists in 37 league appearances (34 starts). His best season prior to that was 19/20 when he made 30 appearances (13 starts) and scored 6 goals.

Vlahovic has been a classic poacher for Fiorentina with 20 of his 21 goals coming inside the box. Of his 21 goals, 18 of them came as one-touch finishes (UnderStat).

This means that, should Spurs sell Kane, the club would need to sign a playmaker as well as Vlahovic does not seem able to consistently create chances for himself.

He is more of a centre-forward target man who can bring others into play but really does rely on that final pass or cross for his game. In comparison, Kane has the ability to create a goal from nothing, inside and outside the box.

However, when Kane was Vlahovic’s age, he himself was accused of being a “tap-in merchant” by some fans, as they claimed that he was unable to create opportunities for himself.

You never know, under the proper tutelage, Vlahovic could grow into a Kane-like forward for Spurs.

Overall, Vlahovic has established that he can be an elite goal scorer in a top-five European league. The 21-year-old could be a solid signing for Spurs and lead the line for years to come, hopefully alongside Kane, but we must prepare for the worst.

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