According to a recent report from Goal, Tottenham launched a £25 million bid for striker Tammy Abraham at the end of the summer window.
The 20-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Premier League heavyweights Chelsea having come up through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge, but successive loan spells at Bristol City and Swansea City suggest that he remains some way away from the first team.
And Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to lure the Englishman across the capital earlier this month, in a move which simply smacked of desperation by the North London outfit.
Ultimately, it was something of a quiet transfer window at Tottenham given Pochettino’s side became the first in Premier League history to not bring anybody in during the summer market, despite being linked with a whole host of names.
And while Spurs also did well in retaining some of their most prized assets, with Toby Alderweireld one man in particular who looked destined to leave, there has been much frustration among Tottenham fans that their side didn’t strengthen this summer.
And they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by reports that their side were willing to splash out £25 million on 20-year-old Abraham, as although there is no doubting that the striker has potential, he isn’t going to go in and immediately strengthen a Spurs team that finished 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City last season.
The two-times England international has only managed three senior appearances for Chelsea since breaking through out of the youth ranks at the West London club, with most of his game time coming on loan at Championship side Bristol City back in 2016/17, and then top-flight outfit Swansea last time round.
And while Abraham excelled in the second tier with the Robins, netting 23 times in just 41 appearances, he was less effective in the Premier League last term in scoring just five goals for the Swans, ultimately being unable to prevent their relegation to the second tier.
Thus, one would argue that Abraham isn’t quite at the level needed to succeed in the Premier League just yet, which makes Tottenham’s bid for him in the last knockings of the window smack of desperation – did they just want to get someone in to appease the supporters?
Yes, the 20-year-old has great potential and as such could thrive under the guidance of Pochettino, but he simply isn’t going to immediately improve the Tottenham team – arguably, his arrival wouldn’t necessarily improve the squad either despite the struggles of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente.
As such, having signed no-one during the summer window, making a reported £25 million move for a player who has yet to prove himself consistently in the Premier League simply smacked of desperation from the Tottenham hierarchy.
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