Despite Erik Lamela’s fantastic Europa League hat-trick last Thursday evening, Tottenham’s poor result against Newcastle reinforces the need for Mauricio Pochettino to add a ‘traditional’ striker into his squad in the January transfer window. I am going to look at the Argentines options and ask who is best for Tottenham Hotspur?
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City. Estimated Value – £17 Million
The Englishman’s fantastic goal scoring record has propelled Leicester to unexpected heady heights this season. Vardy has pace and energy which would suit Pochettino’s pressing style, although often he is seen as a player who runs off a striker or a long ball to exploit gaps behind the defense, will this suit Tottenham’s possession based football? In addition Leicester are highly unlikely to sell a star player in the middle of season which could be incredible for them, considering their league campaign last season.
Michy Batshuayi, Olympique Marseille. Estimated Value – £14 Million
At only 22 year’s old Michy Batashuayi offers better value for money than Vardy, and also his age will obviously appeal to Pochettino’s philosophy. Batshuayi has had a good start to the season at Marseille weighing in with 10 goals so far in a team that is struggling a bit in 10th position in Ligue 1. Batashuayi is not a large figure, but he is the type of pacey striker that will offer Mauricio Pochettino a different offensive option, his game is not quite like Harry Kane’s but he interchanges well in a 4-2-3-1 formation which suggests he could succeed given time to blend with Eriksen and co.
Lauren Depoitre, KAA Gent. Estimated Value – £9 Million
A relatively unheard of talent that has recently helped his Belgian side KAA Gent reach the last 16 of the Champions League ( the first Belgian side to get so far). Depoitre, 27, is a physically strong player that can provide direct cover for Harry Kane should the England International become injured or unavailable. However Depoitre is a relatively unlikely signing as his team are in the Champions League still and also he is relatively old and hasn’t yet succeeded in a big league; despite reports that scouts were watching him on Wednesday night against Andre Villas Boas’ Zenit team.
Saido Berahino, West Bromich Albion. Estimated Value – £18 Million
Having tracked Berahino for six months or so Tottenham’s interest looks to be fading. West Brom’s chairman warned off Daniel Levy with several comments and a large price tag during the Summer transfer window. Furthermore the form of Saido Berahino has dipped considerably, with his manager Tony Pulis stating this to the media. Despite this dip in form, Saido Berahino has incredible potential to perform at a top club.
Alexandre Lacazette, Olympique Lyonnaise. Estimated value – £20 Million
Just four months ago Lacazette was being scouted by most of the biggest clubs in Europe, with 30 million pounds being touted as a transfer fee. Now as we enter the half way point of most of the major European leagues, Lacazette’s value has fallen due to a patch of indifferent form. Similarly to Saido Berahino, Lacazette is a young pacey striker who has great potential. The French International is just 22, and his club have recently exited European competition, having finished fourth in their Champions League group; this may allow the strikers’ head to be turned by an attractive Premier League and European football combination.
Breel Embolo, FC Basel. Estimated Value – £12 million
At just 18 years of age Embolo has already cemented a place in the Swiss giants side, having also performed well for them at the highest level in the Champions League at just 17. Embolo is 6’1″ and a physical striker that provides a combination of traditional forward play similar to Harry Kane, alongside an armory of frightening pace, impressive finishing and maturity, the young Swiss forward would certainly add variety to a Spurs attacking line up.
Stick with the current squad.
Possibly the most likely option if chairman Daniel Levy were to make the transfer decisions by himself. Tottenham may well decide that Harry Kane with the support of Nacer Chadli, Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Min Son have enough fire power to compete in the cup competitions and also clinch a top 4 position come May. Nacer Chadli provides the most physical offensive option and I believe his goal scoring record of last season will need to be alteast replicated if Spurs are to have a chance of reaching the top four without the signing of a recognised striker.
Who do you think Tottenham will buy in January? Who do you want Tottenham to buy? Please leave your opinions in the comments section below.
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