Five strikers Spurs may pursue this summer

With much of this season’s goal scoring burden being placed squarely on the shoulders of Golden Boot winner Harry Kane’s attacking potency, Mauricio Pochettino will undoubtedly be hungry to add support to the Tottenham front line with the season having drawn to a close. 

With a hectic schedule set to be in place for the 2016/17 season, we investigate five potential additions to the attacking roster as Spurs prepare for a first year of Champions League football since 2011.

Michy Batshuayi

The young striker is yet another vibrant talent to be produced by the relatively small nation of Belgium in recent years.

The 22 year old netted an impressive haul of 17 goals in 36 appearances this year in Ligue 1 for Olympique De Marseille and has also provided an impressive six assists alongside this.

Standing at just under six feet tall, the Belgian couples both raw athleticism with exceptional creativity in the final third and could have huge potential under the guidance of Pochettino.

The flame has well and truly been fanned that the striker could be set to join Tottenham this season, with Pochettino rumoured to be a big fan and Marseille’s head coach Franck Passi confirming that he will leave the club this summer.

An opportunity to get your scouting hat on could be imminent as he looks set to compete with Lukaku, Origi and Benteke for a place in Belgium’s provisional squad for the European Championships.

Alexandre Lacazette 

The last two seasons have been exceptional for the potent Frenchman, as he continues to build a reputation as one of Europe’s most deadly strikers.

The man from Lyonnais scored an impressive 21 goals in 33 appearances this season, falling short of an even more exceptional haul of 27 goals in 33 matches the previous year as he claimed the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award.

Jean Michel Aulas is insistent that the Olympique Lyonnais centre forward will again stay put this summer. 

However, his surprise omission from the French Euros squad could be enough to turn his head as he looks to further both his domestic and international prospects.

Moussa Konate

The little known Senegalese striker has been in fine form this year for his club FC Sion, helping them to a fifth place finish in the Swiss Super League.

Having arrived at the club in 2014, Konate has netted a respectable 24 goals in 46 appearances and is versatile enough to play both centrally and out wide – something that could well be pleasing to Pochettino.

Touted at a mere £6 million, Konate could prove to be an inexpensive alternative to his Ligue 1 counterparts.

Saido Berahino

Where do we begin with this one? Young Saido appeared destined to join the ranks of young English players plying their trade at Tottenham- only for a botched deadline day move to fall through, leading to the Albion youth product to swear that he would never play for the club again.

Though the then 21 year old later apologised for his behaviour, he has yet to recover the form of the previous year, netting a mere 4 goals in 28 outings this term – a real down-turn on the impressive 14 goals scored in 38 appearances during his real breakthrough season.

Having grown up in an impoverished nation torn apart by war, where even a real football was an rare commodity, young Berahino is a diamond in the rough just waiting to be polished.

Surely a certainty to one day grace the field as an England international, both player and country could be the beneficiary of the Burundi-born striker coming under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino.

A word of warning must be made, however, with the Argentine being renowned for his authoritarian stance towards decenting players. Berahino would be unlikely to be afforded the luxury of a second chance at Spurs.

Islam Slimani

Having risen from the relative obscurity of Algerian football, Islam Slimani has grown into one of the lead strikers in Portugal following his 2013 move to Sporting Lisbon.

The Algerian has gone on to hit the net 56 times in 108 games, including an impressive 27 goals in 33 games this season.

Tottenham are rumoured by many outlets to be interested in meeting the Algerian’s release clause and the potential of him playing in lilywhite could be a real possibility next year.

However, with the fee for the said to be around £27m, it would certainly be something of a risk for a striker that is yet to play at a higher level than Portugal’s Primeira Liga by age 27.

So who are Spurs likely to pursue?

If one were to disregard price from this discussion then any of these purported targets would prove to be valuable addition to the Tottenham squad.

However, at £27m, I’d loath to see Spurs sign a striker with no experience of one of the elite European leagues, namely Islam Slimani.

Moussa Konate would prove a snip of a signing, but does not necessarily provide the X-Factor that many fans would be desperate to see Spurs bring in.

Equally, Berahino might prove risky business when considering the strikers near-invisible performances this season coupled with his selfish early season antics that saw him refuse to play for his team.

Either of the two Ligue 1 strikers, Michy Batshuayi or Alexandre Lacazette, appear to be the most likely candidate to be donning a Spurs kit come the start of the new season in August. Both men have time on their side, boast exemplary goalscoring records in a relatively competitive division and would resemble a marquee signing and real signal of intent from the club.

Judging by the noises being made from the two camps, it appears to be more likely that the former  rather than the latter that could be set to switch allegiances to north London.

Written by Joe Thomas

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