Perfect solution to the striker quandary at Spurs slipping through their fingers
Tottenham’s need for an ancillary striker has been made no secret in recent months.
Any Spurs attempts to keep cards close to their chest on the subject would be drastically undermined by their protracted pursuit of West Brom’s Saido Berahino.
The sky-high stack of money the Baggies are demanding for the out-of-favour forward has to this day prevented the Lilywhites from getting a deal done, leaving all their striking eggs marooned in a Harry Kane-shaped basket.
Assuming they qualify for next season’s Champions League – a price of 3/50 underlining the fact that only an unprecedented collapse in form/divine intervention will prevent them from doing so – augmenting their frontline will be imperative and a glorious opportunity to do just that has surfaced in Italy.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma’s on-loan striker Edin Dzeko is a target of Besiktas, who regard the Bosnian as a like-for-like replacement for Mario Gomez, who, it is expected, will return to Fiorentina in the summer.
Dzeko has been sent to the Italian capital by parent club Manchester City for the season, though the move has thus far failed to pay dividends.
Just four times has he found the net in Serie A, in addition to the two goals registered in the Champions League.
It’s an underwhelming return that makes it difficult to see the sense in why a side freshly-qualified for the continent’s top competition would want to blow a hefty chunk of their transfer budget trying to buy him.
What this substandard haul does, however, is drive down Dzeko’s asking price, but, more importantly, it weakens any claims he might have to be a regular starter in Spurs’ side.
With five campaign’s worth of Premier League experience under his belt, the Bosnian bulldozer is well acquainted with what it takes to succeed in England (which wasn’t the case ahead of his move to Italy, potentially mitigating his poor form).
It’s a sought after commodity in most signings and one Spurs are clearly seeking, hence their extensive courting of Berahino.
Whoever comes in must accept they’ll be a secondary striker to Kane, poster boy of the Lilywhites’ surge to the top of the Premier League. Most players capable of improving their team would cost a fortune and would expect to start games.
After the season he has had, surely Dzeko wouldn’t.
He excelled in a supporting role at Man City, scoring 46 top-tier goals despite never starting more than 23 matches in a single campaign.
His power and obvious finishing prowess suggests he’ll slot seamlessly into Spurs’ system, while with only Kane to compete with for places, he’ll likely get more game time than what he did at the Etihad.