Marko Arnautović has become West Ham’s main man in just over a season at the London Stadium.
The Austrian has already registered four goals and one assist in seven matches for The Hammers this season, and has spearheaded the club’s attack.
The striker’s no nonsense approach could be emblematic of The Irons’ resurgence this year, after a very poor start that saw them lose their opening four matches.
While he has proven himself to be a fantastic striker, he is remarkably versatile, being able to play on the wing just as well. This is what distinguishes him from other forwards in the Premier League, and why Tottenham should make a move for him.
Finding a suitable deputy to Harry Kane has been a perennial problem to manager Mauricio Pochettino, with Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente struggling to fit over the past two seasons. Neither player could play anywhere else on the field, which means that their playing time became limited, preventing them from finding any kind of form for when they are called upon.
What Arnautović could provide to the club is a man that can serve as a perfect deputy to Kane, but plays elsewhere when the star striker is available. The Austrian could play alongside the likes of Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son on the wing, or could even occupy an attacking midfield role alongside Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli just behind Kane.
This would provide Spurs with high-quality strength in depth, another problem of theirs over the past few seasons. Compared to other big clubs in England, Mauricio Pochettino’s men look thin on the ground behind the starting XI, and that has already been exposed this year. However, they don’t simply need additions to the squad, but ones of the quality that will improve the team.
Arnautović (valued at £22.5m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) has the proven credentials in the Premier League for people to know that he will be a success in white. The added bonus is the aggressive streak that he has, which, if channelled, could bring an edge to Tottenham that they perhaps have lacked in previous years.
With Tottenham seeming reluctant to compete with the bigger clubs in England when it comes to huge transfers, the 29-year-old Austrian may be a modest signing that can make a huge impact.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!