Tottenham stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to three with a narrow 1-0 victory over Cardiff at Wembley.
Eric Dier netted the only goal of the game after just eight minutes with Joe Randall seeing red for the Bluebirds in an uneventful affair. Mauricio Pochettino was forced to ring the changes with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen all sidelined. The Argentine will be pleased to see his team scoop all three points despite performing well below their best.
The result means Tottenham have equalled their best start to a season despite claims the club was in crisis following three consecutive defeats earlier in the campaign. Spurs didn’t sign a single player in the transfer window and Pochettino should definitely aim to strengthen during the January period. One man he should be keeping a close eye on is Borussia Dortmund forward – Paco Alcacer.
Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard graduated from the Valencia youth academy and made his name playing for the senior side before being signed by Barcelona back in 2016. However, he failed to displace Luis Suarez in the starting eleven and was loaned to Dortmund to get first-team football under his belt. The German side retains the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
Alcacer is yet to start a game in the Bundesliga but has remarkably netted six goals from the substitute bench; in just 81 minutes of football. The forward was rewarded with a start against Monaco in the Champions League and found the back of the net in a comfortable 3-0 win. Spurs should be keeping a close eye on his development and look to bring him to North London if his form continues.
Alcacer would add competition to Harry Kane in the starting eleven and give Pochettino a quality option off the bench if the England international is misfiring. With Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente struggling in recent years, signing Alcacer could provide the Argentine with the striker he has been looking for.
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