According to The Sun, Tottenham are interested in signing DR Congo and Beijing Sinobo Guoan forward Cédric Bakambu.
The striker joined the Chinese Super League outfit in February, and has had a lot of success there, scoring 16 goals in 20 matches. This came after a very fruitful spell at La Liga side Villarreal, where he scored 46 goals in all competitions in two and a half seasons.
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. Perhaps they have been too stylistically similar to the England captain to make any impact, as they have always been compared to him.
Maybe Tottenham should look to a man like Bakambu to deputise, as he brings something completely different. Tottenham haven’t had a lot of pace in attack in recent years, and while that has not been a concern given the way they play, Lucas Moura has revolutionised the team at times this season. The Brazilian’s pace and ability to get past defenders has proved crucial this term, with his heroic performance against Man United springing to mind.
Bakambu (valued at £19.8m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) can provide that key attribute to Tottenham as well. Now it is unlikely that the former France under-20 international would start, but the injection of speed that he could provide from the bench could be fundamental in turning games around. Not only this, but he can keep the pressure on Kane to perform.
All in all, this would be a very wise move for Tottenham. The summer was infamously silent, and they may need to make a statement in January after an indifferent start to the season, and Bakambu would be a good place to start.
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