Former Feyenoord winger Eljero Elia thinks a move to a club like Tottenham Hotspur would be the right next step for Santiago Gimenez.
The centre-forward demonstrated with his brace against Lazio in the Champions League two weeks ago that he is capable of performing at the highest level.
Unsurprisingly, a number of clubs across the continent are thought to be eyeing a move for the striker (90 min), with Real Madrid (Fichajes) and Barcelona (Sport) rumoured to be among the 22-year-old’s admirers.
The Daily Mirror reported two weeks ago that Spurs are convinced after scouting Gimenez that he is the ideal option to fill Harry Kane’s shoes and that the North London club are prepared to meet Feyenoord’s asking price for the player in January.
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Elia has now advised the Mexican international to move to Tottenham and use the Lilywhites as a stepping stone to make it to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
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The former Netherlands international told Voetbal Zone (as relayed by Feyenoord Pings) about Gimenez: “I do think he can take a step. A club like Tottenham, for example, would be good, if not the real top. If he can explode there again, then boom. I hope he won’t take too big a step.
“How you should look at it is this, Feyenoord is slightly smaller than that club. And with all due respect, you see Vincent Janssen, he was top scorer in the Netherlands. Then he went to Tottenham and you hardly heard anything from him anymore.
“I think Gimenez is still a category better [than Janssen], but I hope he makes the right and good step. You never know, maybe if he goes to a top club, it’ll work out. But I think if you take that intermediate step and you also prove that you can make that final step easier.”
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If Son continues finding the back of the net with regularity, I see no reason why Tottenham would want to spend big on a player like Gimenez in January.
Postecolgou would likely prioritise strengthening at centre-back, midfield, and potentially in the wide areas during the winter, and make a decision on a new number nine next summer.