Tottenham remain interested in signing Metz striker Habib Diallo in this transfer window, with one factor potentially helping in that pursuit.
According to Football.London, Spurs initially made enquiries for the 25-year-old back in January, while the player is reportedly keen to work with Lilywhites manager Jose Mourinho.
At 1.86m (6 ft 2), Diallo is a tall target man who unsurprisingly has an excellent record in the air, winning 4.3 headers per game last season for Metz.
His scoring return for Les Grenats is superb, firing them back into Ligue 1 with 26 goals in 2018/19 and netting another 12 in the top flight last term. Such impressive goal figures are helped by his predatory instincts, with a match average of 2.9 shots hinting that his natural mindset is to go for goal when the opportunity presents itself.
As noted by Football.London, Diallo captained Metz in a number of Ligue 1 games in 2019/20, with his manager Vincent Hognon evidently viewing him as an influential figure and natural leader within the team.
Tottenham have one of the Premier League’s greatest centre-forwards in Harry Kane but Mourinho is very light on alternatives to the England captain. While Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn can all play in the number nine role, none of them are out-and-out strikers, so a more natural backup to Kane would indeed be desired.
Tottenham could do with another centre-forward and Diallo seems like he would be an ideal alternative to Kane. He is a proven scorer over a number of seasons, while his height and aerial prowess would give Spurs a Plan B if they needed to go more direct in chasing a game.
Should Tottenham sign Habib Diallo?
Diallo may well need to accept a regular substitute’s role in north London if he makes the move, but his apparent eagerness to work with Mourinho could help to swing a potential deal and give the manager a reliable target man to call upon if the situation requires.
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