Tottenham Hotspur have began the Premier League campaign in a manner which suggests they are set for another season of success despite their failure to bring in a single new player during the transfer window.
Mauricio Pochettino has conducted himself with complete dignity and class at the beginning of the season despite the problems concerning Tottenham’s delayed opening of the new stadium which continue to dominate the headlines. But he got his just reward for both his praiseworthy attitude and tactical shrewdness on Monday evening as his side ran riot at Old Trafford with a 3-0 victory which was made possible by the brilliance of Lucas Moura.
Tottenham’s system was free-flowing and it was difficult to identify exactly how Pochettino had set his team up, but there’s no doubt that Harry Kane and Lucas Moura were operating as a fluid front-two pairing.
The success Spurs enjoyed with a relatively fresh system proved that Pochettino has the tactical nous to outsmart the very best in big fixture encounters, but Moura’s starring role in a front-two should not divert the club’s attention away from their need to sign a new centre-forward.
Whilst Sergio Aguero makes a habit of suffering an annual injury layoff, Tottenham have been relatively lucky with Harry Kane’s ability to remain fit in recent seasons.
But at some point that luck may run out and Pochettino has little by way of quality options to call upon in the event that his talisman suffers a lengthy layoff.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Spurs are reportedly eyeing up a deal for Giovanni Simeone – son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone – according to a report from Tuttosport (via AS), although they face competition from Atletico for his signature.
The report claims that Simeone would be available for a fee of 40 million euros (£36 million) – a fee which represents excellent value for money in the current economic climate for a 23-year-old with huge potential for improvement.
Fiorentina paid just £13.5 million to sign him from Genoa in August 2017 so they would be set to make an enticing profit on the centre-forward if he eventually joins either his father in Madrid or Pochettino in north London.
His electric debut season for Fiorentina can help to explain the reason for his exponential rise in value in the space of just one year as he bagged 14 goals and provided 5 assists from 38 Serie A appearances, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer in the process.
Simeone is renowned for his poaching ability and desire to work hard for his teammates at the spearhead of the attack, leading the high-press with intensity and diligence.
Like Kane, Simeone is a natural goalscorer with the habit of arriving in the right place at the right time, and if he was deployed in a similar system to the one in which Lucas Moura thrived in on Monday night there’s no doubt he could be the player to finally solve Tottenham’s second striker conundrum.
Tottenham are missing a crucial option in their attack and Simeone could well be the answer to that nagging problem.
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