Chelsea’s £20m-rated forward Romelu Lukaku has proved a revelation during loan spells at West Brom and Everton over the last two seasons, but that doesn’t mean Tottenham – who have been linked with the 21-year-old – should blindly go out and buy him.
With Emmanuel Adebayor – who, at 6ft 3in, is the same height as the big Belgian – seemingly enjoying his football again under Tim Sherwood, Spurs would be better served by a more creative forward player in their ranks, as opposed to another target man.
Here’s three more rounded individuals who Spurs – 6/1 to win their next match against Liverpool at Anfield – should go for this summer instead of Lukaku.
Spurs have long been linked with a move for this 33-cap Brazil international, who played under former Lilywhites chief Andre Villas-Boas at Porto and has recently been reunited with his old gaffer at Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Hulk managed to find the back of the net a whopping 54 times in 99 Primeira Liga appearances for Porto, but the 27-year-old’s record of 42 top-flight assists during his spell at the Estadio do Dragao is arguably as impressive.
He wouldn’t come cheap, but with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly willing to pay in excess of £20m for a striker this summer, Hulk may not be beyond their reach.
Lyon are currently 15 points adrift of second-placed Monaco in France’s top flight and could yet miss out on European football next term.
However, their plight would be a whole lot worse without Lacazette, as the 22-year-old twice-capped Les Bleus man has only been outscored by Paris Saint-Germain’s crack goal-getting duo Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during this year’s Ligue 1 campaign.
Lacazette had contributed as many Ligue 1 assists as goals prior to this term and could be available for as little as £10m, with Les Gones obliged to sell in order to balance their books this summer.
Former Juventus hotshot Matri is currently on loan at Fiorentina, having struggled to make an impact from the off in his second spell at AC Milan, who paid the Old Lady €11 million for his services back in August.
The 29-year-old has hardly set the heather on fire for the Viola, but he has scored three Serie A goals and laid on a further two assists in nine appearances so far under Vincenzo Montella.
With Giuseppe Rossi likely to usurp Matri at the Stadio Artemio Franchi when he returns from injury next term, Spurs could pick up the much travelled five-cap former Azzurri man for a song this summer.