Former Tottenham favourite Steffen Freund believes German hotshot Lukas Podolski would be the ideal candidate to fire the north London club back to the Champions League next season.
The 26-year-old FC Koln striker scored 13 times in the Bundesliga, while he boasts an impressive record of 42 goals in 86 appearances on the international stage with Germany.
And Freund, who player 130 times for Spurs between 1999 and 2003, believes his compatriot could provide the White Hart Lane club with the added cutting edge they crave.
“Lukas Podolski can score goals all the time and his finishes are fantastic,” said Freund. “He doesn’t just score one fantastic goal – in the last five or six years he’s scored 10 fantastic goals that you remember all the time here in Germany.
“He has the quality and I think Tottenham’s style of football suits him. Technically he’s a fantastic player and he has a great left foot.
“Poldolski can play as a left winger like Gareth Bale, he loves to go forward all the time, but he would have to adapt to the defensive quality in the Premier League because it is harder to win the ball back.
“If Bale leaves Tottenham in the summer, or Robbie Keane goes, then Podolski would be really good for Spurs.”
Whether or not Spurs are genuinely interested in Podolski remains to be seen, but Atletico Madrid marksman Diego Forlan and Brazilian youngster Leandro Damiao are thought to be on the radar of Harry Redknapp.