According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are considering launching a £2 million move to sign West Ham United striker Andy Carroll this month.
Spurs are in need of a striker, as their talisman and main goalscorer Harry Kane recently sustained an injury that could keep him out until March, as reported by the Guardian. 33-year-old Spaniard Fernando Llorente is currently the only other natural centre-forward in Mauricio Pochettino’s senior squad.
In Kane’s absence, Llorente started his first Premier League game of the season against Fulham last time out. He had a day to forget, scoring an own goal and missing a number of presentable chances. His total return of one goal in 22 league outings for Spurs since his arrival in 2017 suggests he isn’t the man to keep the north London club firing for the remainder of the campaign.
A new striker would certainly be a wise addition, but a move for Carroll would not give Tottenham the boost they need.
Carroll’s best days are behind him. The 30-year-old target man’s career has been plagued by serious injuries and he is now a shadow of the player he once was. In his irregular outings for the Hammers this season, the 6’4” striker has often cut a lumbering, laboured figure.
Carroll lacks the pace and mobility to replicate Kane’s role in Pochettino’s side. What’s more, replacing one injured forward with one of the most injury prone attackers in the country doesn’t make sense.
Even for the relatively meagre cost of £2 million, Spurs ought turn away from this deal and take their January hunt for goals elsewhere.
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