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Tottenham should be in no rush to give up their apparent chase of Aleksandar Mitrovic

Tottenham should be in no rush to give up their apparent chase of Aleksandar Mitrovic

Tottenham approached Fulham on deadline day to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic but were rejected, according to TEAMtalk, and they should make sure they return for him in the summer.

The Serbian has scored 10 goals already this season despite being part of a relegation-threatened cottagers side and helped them achieve promotion to the Premier League last season with 12 goals in 17 appearances. Now, Spurs should be looking to add depth to their squad this summer and Mitrovic could be a perfect understudy for Harry Kane.

Spurs’ issue up top is they only play one striker and that means Kane plays in all the important games, leaving any other striker sitting on the bench. Rotation of the starting striker only regularly happens in the League Cup and FA Cup, and no world-class striker will accept that.

Fernando Llorente hasn’t even been good enough as an understudy since signing for £15m in August 2017, and that’s partly the reason why Spurs have failed to win a trophy during Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure. They simply haven’t been ruthless enough in the cup competitions and don’t have a deep enough squad to win the title at the moment.

Mitrovic isn’t world-class and he’ll probably know it, so it’ll be clear to him who the main man is at Spurs, but joining up with Pochettino would still be attractive. There’s opportunity to earn some minutes in the Champions League, cup competitions and be involved in a title race where the whole squad will be needed.

Fulham may get relegated at the end of the season so they could need to get rid of their top striker to be financially stable in the Championship. With TEAMtalk mentioning a fee of £27m when Spurs approached in January, Fulham could use that money to strengthen their whole team, spreading the money across new signings to prepare them for a promotion race.

The move would make sense for Spurs who require squad depth but can’t attract world-class players to act as Harry Kane’s understudy and for Mitrovic too, who could feature in games that he may never get the opportunity to if he went to a club where he’d be the main man.

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