Speaking to talkSPORT, pundits Perry Groves and Jermaine Beckford have tipped Spurs to go for Brentford star Ollie Watkins as a back-up alternative to Harry Kane this summer, citing the notion he could be a ‘raw’ and ‘unbelievable’ signing for Daniel Levy.
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The Englishman, who could be a stellar homegrown option for the club, as claimed by Football.London correspondent Alasdair Gold, is now being heavily recommended by punditry duo Groves and Beckford as Tottenham seek further forward options.
“He’s raw, he’s got potential, he’ll be patient, he’ll get chances at Spurs, he can learn off one of the best, in Harry Kane, and if Kane moves on or gets injured, Watkins will be there,” said Groves to talkSPORT.
“I know he would want to play [and not be second-fiddle to Kane] but you can’t turn down the chance to go to a big club, as much as it pains me to say that about Tottenham.”
Beckford then went on to agree, stating Watkins could tick all the boxes for Levy and co. He said: “He’s 24 years old, and if you look at the way he plays, he’s very quick, very strong, his positioning is really good, his finishing is brilliant and his work rate is unbelievable.
“He’s very good in the air, as well. He ticks all of the boxes. For me, it’s a no-brainer.”
Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano also confirmed via the Last Word on Spurs podcast last week that the Lilywhites are indeed out for a striker this summer and could make as many as three new signings.
A centre-back, winger and striker are all priorities according to Romano, but the latter position may be the most crucial of all to strengthen, especially if Jose Mourinho wants to ease the burden on Kane’s shoulders.
According to WhoScored, Watkins also possesses some creative threat beyond solely playing as an out-and-out centre-forward, evident by the fact he averaged more key passes per game in the final third over the 2019/20 season than Son Heung-min.
Of course, you could argue that these numbers come from the fact he plies his trade in an inferior division, but Watkins may well deliver that extra spark of ingenuity for Spurs regardless.
Whether or not Tottenham land their man remains to be seen, but Groves and Beckford certainly think he is worth the punt.
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