Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the rest of the summer transfer window following the news that manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new long-term deal with the North London club.
The 46-year-old took over at Spurs back in 2014 after impressing in a short stint at Southampton, and he has since transformed the North Londoners into one of the best teams in the country by leading them to three successive top four finishes. And while the Argentine has yet to lead them to a trophy, several of our resident Tottenham supporters are confident and optimistic that he will be the man to deliver some silverware in the coming years.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Spurs fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking them with a move for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.
And while the 28-year-old would likely be a useful addition to Pochettino’s side, they should forget about him and instead target a more rounded forward option in the form of £22.5 million-rated West Ham ace Marko Arnautovic (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, while Rondon has proven himself to be a solid and reliable Premier League striker during his stint at the Hawthorns, he is quite one-dimensional in that he is good at holding the ball up and has an aerial presence, whereas he arguably isn’t as good with the ball at his feet.
Thus, the Venezuela international only really gives Pochettino one option were he to move to Spurs this summer, whereas the more technically gifted Arnautovic gives the Argentine several alternatives in the final third.
The Austria international scored a mightily impressive 11 goals and laid on six assists for West Ham in his debut season at the club this term, with the vast majority of his contributions coming from the centre forward position.
However, with the ability to play out wide and indeed even in the number ten role, the 29-year-old has a similar level of versatility to that of Son Heung-min, who has occasionally been the man to deputise for striker Harry Kane up top when the Englishman has been unavailable.
And the two of them together would give Pochettino a wide array of options to utilise heading into the 2018/19 season, not least as a possible alternative to Kane, but also to bolster the other areas of the attacking ranks as well.
So while Rondon would be nothing more than a back-up to the England international, Arnautovic would be that and more, which is why Spurs should forget about a move for the West Brom forward by instead targeting the West Ham star this summer.
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