According to talkSPORT, Tottenham are planning a shock swoop for Liverpool’s Divock Origi this January as cover for the injured Harry Kane.
The England captain is expected to be out until March with an ankle injury, whilst deputy striker Son Heung-min is away at the Asian Cup with South Korea, leaving Spurs very thin on the ground when it comes to strikers.
Meanwhile, Origi has struggled for playing time this season at Anfield, and is behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Mo Salah in manager Jürgen Klopp’s estimation. The 23-year-old has only made three appearances in the Premier League this season, and is unlikely to make many more.
However, this is a very bizarre decision from Tottenham because, in truth, Origi is nowhere near Kane’s level, nor is he even worth of being cover for him. The Belgian is not a bad player, but there would be a huge expectation on him to perform in the number 10’s absence. It is unclear whether Origi would actually be a better replacement than Fernando Llorente would be, as he is someone that is already settled at the club and manager Mauricio Pochettino knows what he will get out of the Spaniard.
Moreover, this would not send out a good message at all from Tottenham. It is basically saying that the players that are not good enough for The Reds are still good enough for Tottenham. For a club that wants to rival Liverpool for the title, this does not send out a good message. Tottenham are obviously in a crisis at the moment, but there is no need for panic buys like this.