According to a recent report from the BBC, Tottenham striker Harry Kane looks set for a spell out of the side due to injury. The 25-year-old suffered a problem with his ankle in his team’s 1-0 loss at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, which saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men lose at Wembley for second successive league match after going down 3-1 to Wolves in their previous outing.
And reports suggest that Kane could be out of action until March with that ankle problem, which alongside Son Heung-min’s participation at the Asian Cup leaves manager Pochettino with something of a problem at the sharp end of the pitch.
Yet chairman Daniel Levy simply must delve into the transfer market to land the Argentine an ideal replacement for Kane, with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson the man Tottenham must seek to lure to North London this month.
Ultimately, it is plainly obvious just how vital Kane has been and continues to be to this Tottenham side, with the Englishman having already reached 20 goals in all competitions for Spurs this term – that’s eight more than the next best Son.
But with the South Korea international also unavailable for the next few weeks, Pochettino has a serious issue in the striking department, as the duo’s absence leaves Fernando Llorente, scorer of no Premier League goals this term, and Vincent Janssen, scorer of just one goal from open play in the English top-flight in 28 appearances, as his senior striking options.
And with plenty of crucial fixtures coming up for the North Londoners in the next six weeks or so, not least their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea and their Champions League last-16 encounter with Borussia Dortmund, it simply wouldn’t be a knee-jerk reaction from the club were they to delve into the window and buy a striker – in fact, it might shape or indeed save their season.
And that is why a move for Bournemouth’s Wilson, who has also been attracting the interest of Chelsea in recent times, is something chairman Levy and the Spurs hierarchy must make this month.
The 26-year-old only made the move to the Vitality Stadium back in 2014, but immediately set about underlining his goal-scoring prowess with 20 goals in the Cherries’ Championship promotion-winning campaign, before making a fast start to life in the Premier League with five goals in 13 games before injury struck.
And while injuries have threatened to derail the Englishman’s career during his time on the South Coast, he has always come back stronger and appears to be playing the best football of his career at present with nine goals and six assists for Eddie Howe’s side this term – only five players have scored more than him in the Premier League this season.
And with predatory instincts in the penalty area, alongside his ability to make very intelligent forward runs to latch onto through balls, Spurs could seriously reap the rewards from having Wilson lead the line, what with the quality of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen almost certain to offer up goal-scoring opportunities for the 26-year-old.
Yes, the Englishman clearly isn’t at the same level as Kane has been over the years, but there is little doubting that he could be the ideal deputy for his compatriot in the coming six weeks or so – and when Kane returns from injury, he’ll finally have that striking competition that Spurs have been crying out for in recent years.
Thus, with Kane injured and Son away on international duty, chairman Levy simply must equip Pochettino with the striker he needs to get through this tricky period – Bournemouth’s Wilson, valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt, is the man for the job.
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