Tottenham’s rumoured interest in striker Teo Gutierrez continues to hog blog column inches, with speculation suggesting Spurs are readying a £6m for the controversial Colombian.
Amongst other things, shortcomings in front goal have severely hampered the Lilywhites this season and it’s believed the Mauricio Pochettino will have funds to strengthen his misfiring frontline.
In light of these Chinese whispers, the bwin odds moguls have gone 9/4 about a Premier League club snapping up the River Plate marksman before the closure of next summer’s transfer window.
Their failure to name check Tottenham here is apt, for it is unclear whether the man who bears the moniker TeoGol would solve the quandaries at White Hart Lane, or compound them further.
Gutierrez’s haul of ten goals from 11 River Plate starts this term forms the perfect career-defining microcosm – in South America, there are few goal fiends quite as ravenous.
His brief and tumultuous spell with Trabzonspor in Turkey, his only foray into European football, however, tells a different tale.
A 12-month stint with the Black Sea Storm yielded a paltry eight goals, as well as a host of off-field problems, because when the going got tough, Teo got going.
All the way back to Colombia in fact, after failing to get his employers to sign off the holiday form.
He was promptly hawked out to Argentinian top-tier outfit Racing Club, where he almost sparked a riot with a bout of lewd gesticulations aimed at the partisan Bombonera crowd following a red card against River Plate.
In the dressing room after the same game he took the morale-obliterating move of pulling a gun on a teammate (it was stored in his locker, obviously, but this only tells half the story – the truly amazing thing here is this was an away game, meaning he had to purposefully pack the firearm before travelling) after a fracas.
History suggests Gutierrez is likely to churn out the calibre of below-par performances Spurs have come to expect from Roberto Soldado, but he’s a much looser cannon than the Spaniard.