According to a recent report from The Independent, Tottenham are interested in a January move for striker Antonio Sanabria. The 22-year-old currently plays his football in Spain with top tier outfit Real Betis and has done so since leaving Roma back in 2016, with his excellent goal-scoring exploits in La Liga seemingly attracting the interest of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
And reports suggest that the North Londoners are eyeing up a move for the Paraguay international this month following the recent injury to talisman Harry Kane, with Sanabria reportedly possessing a €30 million (£26.4 million) release clause in his contract.
And with Kane’s injury problems threatening to derail Tottenham’s season heading into a vital few months, chairman Daniel Levy simply must strike a deal for Sanabria to thus equip Pochettino with the man to keep Spurs in the trophy hunt during Kane’s absence.
Ultimately, it goes without saying just how vital England captain Kane is to this Spurs side, with the 25-year-old once again the club’s top goal-scorer with 20 goals already in all competitions this term, adding to the staggering 41 he bagged last time round for Pochettino’s team.
And with he and Son Heung-min, who is on international duty at the Asian Cup for the next few weeks, out of contention, Pochettino is facing a serious problem in his striking ranks heading into the crucial phase of the season for his team, what with Spurs’ participation in all four competitions set to be rigorously tested in the coming weeks.
Be it a Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea, a Champions League last-16 encounter with Borussia Dortmund in February, or indeed Premier League clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea at the end of next month, an already stretched Tottenham squad looks set to be tested to the maximum in the next six weeks or so – a stretch of games they will need to come through without the goals of Kane.
And with Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente simply not doing enough in their respective stints at Spurs, chairman Levy and the club’s hierarchy may have to spend some money this month landing a striker that can help Pochettino’s side negotiate the coming weeks – Real Betis’ Sanabria could well be that man.
The 22-year-old only made the move to the Spanish side back in 2016 after struggling for first team football at Italian giants Roma, but he has since found his goal-scoring form with 17 goals for the La Liga club, five of which have come this term in their run to seventh place in the top-flight, with both of his league goals coming in his last three appearances.
Add in his eight goals in just 17 league games for the club last season, as well as the 11 he netted for Sporting Gijon in La Liga in the 2015/16 campaign, and the Paraguay international very much looks to be heading in the right direction after a tough few years in Italy.
And given Pochettino’s remarkable track-record of developing and nurturing young players into stars, the Argentine will surely be able to extract the very best out of Sanabria were he to move to Tottenham – and that could seriously help Spurs in their quest to keep their season alive in Kane’s absence.
Ultimately, the coming weeks is going to be a big test for Tottenham’s squad given the injury to Kane, which is why Levy must delve into the transfer window to lure Sanabria to North London – a move that not only equips Pochettino with a future star, but also one that can help keep Spurs’ trophy hopes alive while Kane is on the sidelines.
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