Widespread reports indicate West Brom striker Saido Berahino will sign for Tottenham this summer in a £15m deal.
In the obscure world of transfer dealings, this could represent something of a bargain for the Lilywhites given the player’s age, nationality and scoring record at the highest level.
Berahino bagged a laudable 20 goals in 45 appearances for the Baggies last term, while he has ten to show from his 20 England Under-21 caps.
His club haul meant he finished the campaign just 11 shy of the 31 recorded Young Lions and prospective Spurs colleague Harry Kane, who, it has been reported, is valued north of £50m.
The West Brom star’s form earned him a first call up to the senior England squad last season, but Roy Hodgson opted against handing him a first international cap.
Should his level of performance remain as high in the coming campaign, it’ll be tough for the Croydon Commandant to continue overlooking the Burundi-born speedster, but moving to north London will make it impossible.
Under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, Berahino would be utilised in a wide berth as part of a three-man attack.
It’s a role in which Jay Rodriguez flourished in for the Argentine tactician at Southampton.
The Lancastrian Latino scored 15 league goals in 33 Premier League matches in 2013/14, earning international recognition along the way.
Like Berahino, J-Rod started as a central striker, but his pace and finishing ability made him a perfect candidate for a spot on the flanks in Pochettino’s modus operandi.
With the physicality of Kane and the guile of Christian Eriksen completing the triumvirate, Spurs will have a frontline not too dissimilar from the Saints equivalent of 2013/14, which saw Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana tasked with playing identical roles.
According to whoscored.com, Berahino was most effective when supporting a solo striker, scoring four goals in three games playing off the front.
Chances as a lone line-leader will be few and far between at Spurs, but the 21-year-old can prosper in this position all the same.