Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the rest of the summer transfer window following news that manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new long-term deal with the North London outfit.
The 46-year-old took over at Spurs back in 2014 after greatly impressing during a short stint at Southampton, and he has since taken Tottenham into the top four in the Premier League for three years in succession. And although the Argentine has yet to deliver a trophy in charge of the club, many of our resident Spurs supporters are convinced that he is the man to bring them some silverware in the near future.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking their club with a move for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.
And while the £11.7 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) was part of a Baggies side that were relegated from the Premier League this season, there is little doubt that the Venezuela international would be the perfect back-up for Harry Kane at Tottenham.
Ultimately, it would take someone very special to dethrone the England international of the striker’s starting spot in Pochettino’s team, what with the 24-year-old scoring a staggering 41 goals in 48 games for the club this season, adding to the 35 he netted last time round.
And with now 140 goals in 213 matches for the North London club, Kane is now one of the best forwards in the world, but for Spurs to be serious title challengers, they have to have options aside from the Englishman in attack.
And following the disastrous addition of Fernando Llorente 12 months ago, Pochettino would be wise to go for a more reliable and proven Premier League striker who offers a great deal in the final third of the pitch – Rondon ticks all the boxes as a possible Llorente replacement.
The 28-year-old may well have failed to inspire West Brom to safety this season, but the forward still managed seven goals and three assists in 36 Premier League appearance for the Baggies, with three goals in other competitions seeing him reach the ten-goal mark for the second time in his three-year stint at the Hawthorns.
Yes, they are hardly ground-breaking figures, but at least he has proven his ability at top-flight level in England, unlike Dutchman Vincent Janssen, and at 28 years of age he is a lot younger than Spaniard Llorente – ultimately, he’s a better alternative than the aforementioned duo.
And with the ability to hold the ball up, bring others into play, and aerially dominate centre halves, Rondon could be an asset to Pochettino next term in leading from the front if and when Kane gets injured or suspended.
Yes, it’s not easy for anyone to play second-fiddle to the England striker given how good he is and has been in recent years, but Rondon has proven during his spell in the Premier League that he can do a job if called upon.
As such, the Venezuelan star would without doubt be an ideal back-up for 24-year-old Kane were Pochettino to land the forward this summer.
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