According to a report from RP Online, Tottenham look set to miss out on the signing of Nice striker Alassane Plea. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League throughout the summer after a prolific spell with the Ligue 1 side, although it appears as though the Frenchman is closing in on a move to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.
And while this is sure to come as a blow to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, it should force his side to focus all of their attentions on landing the ideal deputy for number one striker Harry Kane, namely £58.5 million-rated Anthony Martial (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, 24-year-old Kane has become one of the best strikers in world football in the last few years in netting 140 goals in 213 appearances for the North Londoners, 41 of which came last season in what turned out to be his best in front of goal.
And with six goals for England en route to the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer, the young forward continues to go from strength to strength, and certainly remains the number one man at Tottenham heading into the 2018/19 season.
Yet to sustain a challenge at the summit of the Premier League, and indeed on the European stage, Pochettino needs someone capable of deputising for Kane if and when the Englishman gets injured, suspended, or indeed suffers a lack of form – Martial would be able to do that and more.
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The France international, who missed out on selection for Didier Deschamps’ squad for this summer’s World Cup, has endured a testing few years at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, but that shouldn’t detract from an excellent first season at Old Trafford back in 2015/16, in which the forward scored 17 times in all competitions.
Significantly, a move for the 22-year-old would not only give Pochettino a genuine alternative to Kane in the more advanced central role, but it would also give the Spurs chief another option in the attacking ranks just behind the main man, as Martial has proven his worth down the flanks during his time at United.
Yes, any deal for the Frenchman is likely to be expensive, but if Spurs are serious about challenging the likes of Manchester City for the title this term, it’s the sort of deal they have to strike to significantly enhance their forward ranks.
Missing out on Plea is sure to frustrate the Tottenham hierarchy, as the 25-year-old has proven to be one of the most prolific forwards in Europe in the last two years, but that disappointment should serve to focus Spurs’ attentions on sealing a deal for Martial, who would thus provide Pochettino with the perfect deputy for Kane.
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