Talk of Tottenham mounting a serious challenge for the Premier League title has largely dissipated after their 3-0 home loss against West Ham, but Andre Villas-Boas will have money to spend in January and Basle winger Mohamed Salah is thought to be near the top of the Portuguese’s list of players who could boost their fortunes.
The Lilywhites are now sixth-favourites behind Liverpool and last term’s top four at 13/10 to go one better than the fifth place they were condemned to on the final day of last season and two goals in their last three Premier League games has underlined the need for more options in the final third.
The 21-year-old Egyptian performs on the big stage, as Spurs know to their cost.
Salah only joined the Swiss Super League champions in the summer of 2012, but made a huge impact last season and scored in big games against Chelsea in the Europa League semi-final and when his side knocked out Spurs a round earlier in the competition.
He has bagged three goals for his club so far this term, including the equaliser at Stamford Bridge in Basle’s 2-1 come-from-behind Champions League victory against the Blues.
Despite bringing in seven players over the summer, only two strikers have been utilised so far in Spurs’ campaign.
Roberto Soldado will be given time to find his feet in England after a £26m move from Valencia during the summer, but the Spaniard’s two Premier League goals so far were penalties in the opening pair of fixtures and he has not scored since.
Salah can play up front or on the wing and his ability to beat players around the edge of the box would make him an ideal partner for Soldado or Jermain Defoe in a front two, which is an option AVB clearly feels Spurs are bereft of at the moment.
Salah has been phenomenal for Egypt, scoring 17 goals in his first 24 international games.
Egypt won African World Cup qualifying Group G thanks in no small part to Salah’s continent-topping six goals and face Ghana in a two-legged play-off, with a trip to Brazil next summer the prize.
The youngster became a national hero after grabbing a hat-trick against Zimbabwe in June and provided the assist for his teams other goal in a 4-2 win