This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.
According to a recent report by Sabah, Tottenham Hotspur were one of a handful of clubs thought to have witnessed Vedat Muriqi in international action recently.
It has been claimed Spurs were keeping an eye on the Fenerbahce centre-forward whilst he was leading the line for Kosovo during their 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
Although he has only just joined the Istanbul outfit from Caykur Rizespor in a deal thought to have been €3.5m (£3.1m), that does not appear to have put off interested parties. The likes of Napoli, SS Lazio and Fiorentina are also understood to have watched the 25-year-old.
Admittedly, it would appear Mauricio Pochettino could have a battle on his hands if he were to try and sign Muriqi in the future.
Indeed, should Tottenham make a move for the Kosovan in the future and land him, it would likely have an impact on the squad, potentially both good and bad. Football Transfer Tavern has taken a look and detailed one positive and one negative consequence such a move could have below…
Brilliant Harry Kane alternative
With Fernando Llorente departing north London following the end of his contract, Spurs are, arguably, short of attacking options and it is a department that, perhaps, Pochettino will look to bolster in January.
Harry Kane is the only senior established option (Transfermarkt) they currently have available to them but adding a player like Muriqi to the ranks could provide Tottenham with a brilliant alternative should they ever need to replace the England international.
His record in front of goal this season would also provide further proof that he is more than capable of leading the line on his own.
Muriqi has been a mainstay for the Istanbul giants in the Turkish Super Lig so far, having played every single minute in his three appearances to date (WhoScored). In those matches, he has managed to score two goals and averages an impressive five shots per match, whilst also registering 1.3 key passes every 90 minutes.
Troy Parrott’s route to the first-team blocked
Pochettino, as quoted by The Guardian, may have told everyone last month that Troy Parrott is Spurs’ second-choice striker behind Kane, but that narrative could have a very different outcome if Muriqi were to be signed.
There is an obvious talent when looking at Parrott, as he scored the winner for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 side on his debut, but he may still have a very long road ahead of him in north London.
Although the 17-year-old appears to be highly-rated by those at Tottenham, having a player of the Kosovan’s apparent quality potentially arrive would likely further limit the teenager’s opportunities further and make it even more difficult to break into the first-team.
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