Tottenham supporters have been pretty subdued in the Transfer Tavern this week following their side’s 4-1 thumping at the hands of Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday, a result which saw the North London outfit fall out of the division’s top four.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash at the Etihad Stadium off the back of successive victories over Stoke City and Brighton, but they were comprehensively outplayed by Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday evening. A brace from Raheem Sterling as well as strikes from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne sealed a comfortable victory for the Citizens, with Christian Eriksen’s late effort nothing more than a consolation for a Spurs team who were second-best for much of the contest at Eastlands.
Consequently, there have been many despondent Tottenham fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are beginning to turn their attentions towards the forthcoming January transfer window, and thus to who their club could look to sign to bolster their ranks ahead of the second half of the season.
And one man who has been linked with a move to North London in recent times is Besiktas’ Cenk Tosun, scorer of 13 goals in just 22 games for the club this term, which follows on from his incredible tally of 24 goals in 47 matches last time round for the Turkish champions.
And Spurs are one side thought to be interested in the striker, but the man himself must opt against a move to Tottenham, as the recent struggles of forwards Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente suggest that it’s a move fraught with danger.
Ultimately, Tosun would have to go there as the number one striker ahead of Harry Kane to guarantee the gametime he would surely like, and that is seriously unlikely to happen.
England’s Kane has breached 20 Premier League goals in each of the last three seasons and already has 12 to his name this term, underlining his status as one of the best strikers in Europe, and indeed as number one in Pochettino’s side.
However, all top sides need strength in depth in all departments, as highlighted last season when Kane missed five league games during September and October due to injury and three more in the second half of the campaign. Yet messrs Janssen and Llorente have both had troubles bringing their A-game in Kane’s absence.
Dutchman Janssen arrived in England off the back of netting 27 goals in just 34 Eredivisie matches for AZ, yet managed just two Premier League goals in 24 appearances last term, in comparison to Kane’s 29 in 30 league matches.
And Llorente earned his summer move to Spurs earlier this year after scoring 15 league goals to help Swansea City stay up last season, yet he has not netted in the Premier League so far this season in ten appearances, and has just one goal to show for 18 first team games for Pochettino’s side thus far.
Clearly, playing second fiddle to Kane is not an easy task, as although both Janssen and Llorente have had opportunities in the Englishman’s absence in the last two years, neither have been able to take them and really stake a claim for a starting berth.
And their struggles must be of concern to Tosun.
Not only would he not go to Spurs as the number one striker, a position he has not found himself in too often in his career, but he wouldn’t necessarily get the regular gametime needed to really make an impression – there’s no doubting Janssen and Llorente’s ability, but being in the shadow of Kane may well have instigated their struggles.
And that is why the £9.45 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) must opt against a move to Tottenham in the coming transfer windows.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!