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Forget Plea: Pochettino’s answer to huge club problem is staring him in the face

The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are intrigued by recent reports which suggest their club are interested in signing Alassane Plea from Nice this summer. 

The Breakdown

According to a recent report from Sky Sports, West Ham have made a £27 million bid to sign Plea this summer from the Ligue 1 outfit in a bid to bolster their attacking options, although Tottenham are one of three other English clubs also expressing an interest in the French forward.

With a record of 16 goals from 35 Ligue 1 appearances to his name last season, it’s no surprise that a handful of Premier League clubs are queueing up to secure his signature, but there is plenty of reason to suggest that Tottenham should abandon their interest this summer.

With Harry Kane so consistently prolific and devastating at the spearhead of Tottenham’s attack, the likes of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have struggled to play the role of his understudy due to a lack of opportunity and momentum.

The failure of the aforementioned pairing to impress in recent seasons has presented Mauricio Pochettino with a notable conundrum which fundamentally is near-impossible to resolve.

The recent report from Sky Sports suggests Pochettino is open to the possibility of signing another striker to supplement his options next season, despite the success of Heung-min Son at centre-forward when he was called upon to replace Kane last season.

But it’s the incredible record of 18-year-old Reo Griffiths last season which suggests Pochettino’s resolution to a nagging club problem is staring him in the face.

Tottenham’s academy product scored a whopping 27 goals from 20 appearances for the U18 side last season and, although he is yet to feature for the senior squad, his record suggests a first-team call-up is well within his grasp.

Signing Plea this summer would certainly carry a notable risk considering he would be forced to spend the majority of his time on the bench at Tottenham whilst Kane stole the plaudits, so Pochettino must adopt a different strategy next season and slowly embed Griffiths into the first-team, rather than splashing the cash on a player who is bound to be disappointed with a distinct lack of opportunity in North-London.

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