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

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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