Tottenham need a forward when the summer transfer window opens and they need someone who is going to drive the attack forward next season.
Gonzalo Higuain would be an ideal signing for a number of reasons but there are some serious questions over whether the rumours linking him with White Hart Lane have any basis.
If they do then Spurs should snap him up in an instant and prevent any side from having any chance to spoil their deal for the Real Madrid star.
First and foremost, they can’t be blamed for going after him because he scores goals; nine in 18 appearances this season and 22 from 35 appearances last season. Not bad for a player who’s not first choice.
He’s been in Spain since 2006 and was introduced to the Real Madrid first team at a very young age. That guarantees he won’t be at all bothered about the pressure of playing in England and the pressure, which will be created as Spurs reach new heights under their current regime.
It also ensures that he’s had a solid football upbringing, which works for Tottenham because Andre Villas-Boas is a purist and likes his team to play as close to total football as is possible.
Higuain is also a natural accompaniment to several other players in the side and would massively aid someone like Gareth Bale if Tottenham manage to hang onto him.
The reason for this is his build up play and his natural creativity, which has developed throughout his career at Real Madrid. He’s just as effective with his back to goal, linking up with the midfield and bringing other attacking players into play.
Most importantly Spurs should go after him because it’s the sort of signing which will drill inspiration and excitement into every Spurs supporter across London.
Spurs will have to play poorly from now until the end of the season not to finish with Champions League football. Daniel Levy has to commission as many deals like this as possible in order for the club to consolidate as one of the elite teams in England.
He should be able to do so without risking the financial stability of the club and without having to axe Bale, which continues to be linked with a move away from the side.
Higuain is arguably a better striker than Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey, who sometimes fills in as a centre forward. Therefore, there can be no doubt that it would be a hugely progressive signing but only if they can pull it off.
They have tried to get him before but things have changed for the better.
Spurs fans, do you want to see Higuain at the Lane?
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