Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in recent days after seeing their team ease past Southampton 5-2 at Wembley on Boxing Day, thus securing a fourth win in their last five Premier League matches.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the South Coast outfit off the back of a 3-0 success over Burnley a few days earlier, with Harry Kane bagging a hat-trick to secure a mightily impressive victory. And the England star recorded his eighth trio of the year in inspiring Spurs to a comprehensive win over Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints, with his hat-trick alongside strikes from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli keeping them just a point behind fourth place Liverpool in the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been several upbeat and delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are eagerly anticipating the forthcoming January transfer window, and thus who their side could look to sign to bolster their ranks ahead of the second half of the campaign.
And one man who is reportedly on Pochettino’s radar ahead of the New Year is Villarreal’s Cedric Bakambu, scorer of 14 goals in just 21 games for the Spanish side this term, nine of which coming in La Liga to help the club to sixth place after 17 matches.
And his fine exploits in front of goal have reportedly attracted the attention of several top European clubs, including Tottenham, and Spurs’ interest could well suggest that Fernando Llorente’s time in North London could be at an end before it has really begun.
The Spanish forward made the somewhat surprising move to Wembley at the rear end of the summer transfer window, with it looking for all the world that he would sign for Chelsea, yet he just hasn’t had the desired impact when called upon by manager Pochettino.
The 32-year-old has netted just once in 19 appearances for Spurs so far, which came in their Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia earlier this month, and as such has failed to bag in the Premier League thus far despite making 11 appearances.
Yes, all of those have been substitute roles, but when he was thrown on with half an hour to go against Manchester United, West Brom, and Leicester City, he was unable to get that crucial goal that could have turned a draw and two defeats into something significantly better.
And the fact that he didn’t even start against United on October 28, despite the injury to talisman Kane, said a lot about the trust Pochettino has in his capabilities – there clearly isn’t any.
Yes, it can’t be easy for a player like Llorente to be comfortably the second-best striker at the club, given Kane’s immense talent and goal-scoring form to match, but Pochettino would have hoped for much better in the last few months.
And their reported interest in Bakambu is perhaps the clearest indication yet that Llorente simply isn’t doing the business at Spurs, and as such his career at the club could well be over before it’s really begun.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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