Over the course of the summer transfer window, Saido Berahino was the subject of a staggering four bids from Tottenham Hotspur, all of which West Brom rejected.
The Baggies valued their Burundi-born goal getter at around £30m, but Spurs weren’t keen to cross the £25m threshold and, as a result, no deal could be struck between the two clubs.
After luring two wingers to White Hart Lane in Clinton Njie and Son Heung-min, a striker was all the Lilywhites required to ice the cake of a fantastic transfer window that has also seen decent fees recouped for deadwood trio Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho.
Missing out on Berahino has left Harry Kane as the only recognised striker in the ranks (with the exception of frozen out forward Emmanuel Adebayor), but in failing to land their line leader of choice, Spurs have dodged a bullet so destructive even the most bloodthirsty of warlords would deem inappropriate for combat.
Firstly, it’s debatable whether he’s worth the £23m allegedly offered, let alone £30m.
His 14-goal return from 2014/15 was a respectable haul for a team not known for their chance-creation prowess, but a good portion of these – four – were penalties.
Compare this haul to the one Romelu Lukaku mustered in the 2012/13 edition when on loan at The Hawthorns.
He started 12 league games fewer than Berahino did last time around, but scored three more goals.
The Belgian striker cost Everton £28m to buy ahead of the 2014/15 campaign despite performing better at West Brom in more challenging circumstances.
Kane’s 21 Premier League goals was far superior to Berahino’s effort last time around, while Charlie Austin bagged 18 top-tier goals playing in the division’s worst side, QPR, yet no one was inclined to pay £15m for his services.
These facts raise obvious questions whether the striker is worth the money and a petulant display to shame Veruca Salt upon not being permitted to leave for the Lane confirms it.
As the best striker at West Brom, he would’ve been guaranteed a starting place for every game he was fit for (had he not gone on strike), but at Spurs Kane occupies his preferred position.
This would mean playing out wide, or not playing at all, and with proven international quartet Son, Njie, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli all vying for these spots, competition would be fierce.
Outbursts would ensue after a few weeks on the bench or underperforming out of position and nobody wants that, especially after paying £30m.