Paul Robinson has urged Tottenham to sign Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin over Roma’s Tammy Abraham if Harry Kane ends up leaving the club.
Spurs fought to keep hold of the talisman last summer as Manchester City saw their pursuit last year come to no avail (The Guardian).
The Athletic recently reported Manchester United have now entered the picture for Kane, with super-agent Jorge Mendes said to be shopping around for strikers interested in becoming the 28-year-old’s replacement at Spurs.
And Roma striker Abraham was just one name that Mendes arrived at, alongside Benfica star Darwin Nunez, although his suitability at Tottenham has not sat well with Robinson.
The former goalkeeper-turned-pundit believes Spurs should look closer to home in the Premier League for a potential replacement and feels Calvert-Lewin would be a better and more budget-friendly alternative.
He told Football Insider: “I wouldn’t mind seeing Calvert-Lewin there [at Tottenham]. He is a great striker. Yes, he’s had a poor season at Everton but the season before he scored a lot of goals.
“The type of money you could get him away from Everton for it would be a decent fit. Is Abraham in the same bracket? I’m not sure.
“To replace Harry Kane you have to go in at the top level. [Antonio] Conte is there to make this team competitive in the top four. They will not do that by selling players and replacing them with lesser players.”
Calvert-Lewin is one of many players to have struggled for the relegation-threatened Everton side this season. The 25-year-old has scored just three goals all season having missed over three months of the campaign with a fractured toe (Transfermarkt).
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While both Abraham and Calvert-Lewin can be good strikers in their own right, they just aren’t to the level of Kane and would be an instant drop off in quality if they are his replacements.
The best way of avoiding such a scenario is for Tottenham to play hardball again as they did last summer, particularly as his performances in recent months have shown how valuable he is.
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