News that Manchester City are cooling their interest in West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino has put Spurs into pole position for the young England player. But is he really good enough or what Tottenham need?
With transfer fees of anywhere from £15-25 million being quoted around various media outlets, it is difficult to know if this is where Daniel Levy’s money is best spent.
Berahino is undoubtedly a talented young footballer. Blessed with natural pace and a solid frame, he should be a handful for any defence in the league. But watching him play you never really feel like he’s going to be a match winner or make a huge difference to any game. Looking at his stats closely, backs this up.
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14 goals in 38 appearances last season is a decent return for a striker in a bottom half team who had a change of manager midway through the campaign. But eight of those goals were from either a penalty or a set-piece and he only managed five from open play and three away from the Hawthorns all season.
He has also, on average, been dispossessed of the ball more times than he has managed a shot on target over the last two seasons and is caught offside only once every two games or so, showing that he isn’t playing on the shoulder of the last defender looking to get one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Having sold Robert Soldado over the summer, actively looking to get rid of Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane having to be the substituted at the weekend due to fatigue. Spurs are in need of a striker quickly.
For a club with European aspirations and a chairman who is well documented to look to get the best value for money in the transfer market, Tottenham making a move for Berahino seems to go against their normal transfer policy.
They have just signed Clinton N'Jie from Lyon but that doesn't mean Spurs can't make a move for the English forward to further boost their reinforcements.
If he does move, it’s going to be for a lot of money. Who do you think Spurs should spend their cash on if not Berahino?