In an historical season for the lilywhite half of north London, it is the duty of the Tottenham management team to ensure that this unprecedented success is utilised as a springboard to establish the team as both one of England’s and Europe’s elite teams for years to come.
At the heart of this magical ascent towards the summit of the Premier League has been the goalscoring endeavours of Tottenham’s homegrown talent and wonderboy Harry Kane, whose exploits have propelled Spurs into Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2009.
However, with this added level of competition will come an even greater dependency on Harry’s ability to contribute in big matches.
With the prospect of Champions League football next season, the club must surely be readying itself for a manoeuvre to help reduce some of the burden placed on the goalscoring abilities of the 22 year old.
Tottenham target one of Europe’s hottest prospects.
Alexandre Lacazette is one of the hottest prospects in European football, with the list of admirers reportedly flirting with the prospect of placing a summertime bid for the star-striker seemingly endless – Tottenham Hotspur being one of those clubs said to be at the forefront of this list.
The ten time French international looks a to represent his country at the European Championship taking place in his home nation and the Lyon striker has certainly proven his worth at his home town club over the last few seasons.
Having made his Olympique Lyonnais debut in the 2009-10 season, the 5’9″ centre forward has netted 69 league goals for his club, with an impressive 60 of these coming in the last three years alone.
Lacazette has netted 18 goals in 31 league matches this season
His lively nature could prove the perfect foil for the talismanic Harry Kane, as well as relieve some of the goalscoring expectations placed upon the shoulders of the young England international – especially with the prospect of the fiercely competitive Champions League in sight.
Despite his relatively diminutive height in comparison to many of the elite strikers within the Premier League, the raw athleticism and intelligence within the attacking third suggests that Lacazette could be the ideal candidate for Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play.
With Lacazette claiming the 2014-15 Ligue 1 top scorer and Player of the Year awards, it is somewhat unlikely that Lyon will be willing to let their star player leave without a fight, with many outlets purporting the striker to be valued north of £24m – a potential stumbling block with regards to any deal that may be in place.
Concerns may also arise with regards to how easily the 24 year old can settle into the rhythm and intensity of the Premier League, should he chose to set his sights on venturing away from his hometown club over the summer.
Spurs do, however, look set to face fierce competition for the Frenchman’s signature. Whilst Liverpool and Manchester United have purportedly been long-term admirers of the striker, significant traction has been gained surrounding the rumours that West Ham United look intent on making Lacazette their marque signing as they prepare to move in to their new home at the beginning of next season.
Though Lacazette is undoubtedly an exceptional player, missing out on him would probably not be the greatest of upsets for Spurs.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino took the unprecedented decision to announce his long-standing admiration for Olympique de Marseilles’s Belgian international Michy Batshuayi in the past week. We’re he to miss out on fellow target Alexandre Lacazette then he would certainly still have options that he could chose to exploit.
Pochettino is also said to admire Michy Batshuayi of Marseille
And with top international footballers such as Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell in the West Ham squad, coupled with their guaranteed Champions League football, who could blame him if he were to decide upon joining the east Londoners over the summer? Oh yeah, right…
Written by Joe Thomas