Tottenham Hotspur could yet bring in a new striker before tomorrow’s transfer deadline…
What’s the word?
According to the Sunday Mail (via Sky Sports), Spurs are keeping an eye on Odsonne Edouard’s situation ahead of a potential move, with no fewer than three Premier League teams vying for his signature, including Everton and Crystal Palace.
The 23-year-old has been long linked with an exit from Parkhead throughout the summer and with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, it could be the last chance for the Scottish giants to generate a transfer fee for his signature.
Per Football Insider, the Hoops could accept an offer of below £20m due to his contractual situation, having set a £40m bar last summer.
Imagine him & Kane
The possible arrival of a new striker has been on Spurs’ agenda for much of the summer – regardless of whether Harry Kane was staying or going. And now that the England international has committed to the club for the season, head coach Nuno Santo can push ahead with his plans to deploy a two-man attack.
Last month, the Telegraph suggested that the Portuguese was keen to find a striker to partner Kane up top, with names like Danny Ings (who has since joined Aston Villa), Dusan Vlahovic and Adama Traore all linked throughout the window.
Given the drastic drop-off in his asking price, it could be quite the smart and low-risk signing to make. It remains to be seen how the Frenchman will operate outside of Scotland but his goalscoring record north of the border cannot be disputed.
He’s already found the net three times and provided two assists this season despite all the speculation, meaning his total for Celtic has risen to 86 goals and 39 assists in 179 appearances. That’s a direct contribution every 97 minutes, via Transfermarkt, which is better than Kane’s record at Spurs (118 minutes).
Edouard’s explosive pace and movement off the ball could hand Nuno one hell of an attack, considering Kane’s playmaking ability from deep. That’s perhaps why Nuno wants to have two strikers in his system, rather than one.
“He had the confidence and the obsession with scoring all great strikers need. He never doubts his qualities. But this behaviour can create panic – for the opposition defenders,” claimed his old France youth coach Jean-Claude Giuntini to the BBC.
“He had an excellent sense of anticipation which gave him a remarkable ability to read play. And he had a considerable skill for shooting – his efforts were targeted, precise and powerful.”
These are just further signs that the 23-year-old could be worth a punt before tomorrow’s deadline, particularly as the Englishman is still Spurs’ only out-and-out striker.
The £15.3m-rated talisman must be looked at by Fabio Paratici and co before it’s too late.