Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United could be fighting it out for the same transfer target this summer – Maxi Gomez.
The Celta de Vigo forward, who is valued at £31.5million (Transfermarkt), has attracted the interest of both Premier League sides with his performances for the Spanish outfit, in which his goals helped to secure their status in La Liga for another season.
The 22-year-old recorded 13 goals and five assists in the Spanish top-tier after hitting 17 in his debut campaign for them last season.
However, should the Uruguay international look to head for new pastures and he had a choice between Tottenham and West Ham as new destinations, who should he be looking at joining? Well, let’s take a closer look at the two clubs and what could be in store for Gomez below…
According to a report by The Daily Star, Spurs are believed to be leading the chase for Gomez’s signature this summer. Tottenham were handed a double boost (if they ever needed one) as it is claimed the Uruguayan wants to be playing in the Champions League next season.
However, what would a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium mean for the 22-year-old? Well, he would likely become an understudy to Harry Kane if he were to join them. The England international is hardly going to be left out of the team when fit and firing, however, he could be someone the South American looks to learn from and take his game to the next level.
There would also be a fair chance that he would get regular minutes on the pitch at times as well though, as Kane is hardly injury-proof. He has had his troubles with ankle problems and Gomez could be the ideal man to step in and help Spurs’ charge for silverware alive should their talisman have to spend more time on the treatment table.
And, you would have to say it would only be the Englishman that he would have to compete with for a place in the team as the likes of Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen would surely be below the Celta de Vigo forward if he were to team up with them (if they were still somehow there!).
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As the Daily Star reported, West Ham could be facing a losing battle to bring Gomez to the Premier League after courting him for so long and having come close to sealing a deal for him in January. However, the Hammers cannot afford to give up the chase on the talented striker.
The 22-year-old is the exact type of player Manuel Pellegrini needs in his squad moving forward and he could be the man to help the Irons reach the next level. His eye for goal is spectacular and he has proven he can do it at the worst of times as well.
Gomez has plenty of technical ability to offer and is the type of player who could thrive in the tactical system that is currently employed at the London Stadium. With one striker being used up top, the Uruguayan is able to hold the ball up and allow for his team-mates to join in with the attack, whilst he has the physical and aerial traits to make him a handful in the penalty area.
He would be an immediate upgrade on the current options available to West Ham at the moment and would surely be guaranteed a place in the starting XI if he were to head to east London.
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Both sides would have to be considered attractive options for a player of Gomez’s talents as they would provide the 22-year-old with different challenges.
Tottenham would obviously be able to offer him Champions League football, however, whether he would be able to have regular match-time would surely depend on the fitness of Kane. West Ham would be able to guarantee him minutes on the field, but playing in European competition is not something they can offer him just yet, although it will not be out of the question in the future (albeit Europa League football the more likely).
A move would all come down to whether he wants to play regularly, or if he would rather play a bit-part role and win trophies.
If pushed for an answer on this battle, we feel a move to West Ham would be better for him at this stage of his career.
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