With less than a month before the new season gets underway, rumours linking Spurs with a new striker purchase continue to gather momentum but some of us may be getting a little nervous about the prospect of another barren transfer window.
One by one the linked players move elsewhere – David Villa, Alvaro Negredo – while any thoughts of trumping Arsenal in the pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain may be scuppered by reports of an increased price tag of £37m for the Real forward.
In the meantime, there are stories emerging in the Portuguese press about a proposed loan deal for Benfica striker and full international Nélson Oliveira. A loan will satisfy no-one and more concerning are the player’s stats which really don’t impress.
Oliveira is with Benfica in name only and in four years at the club he has played just 12 league matches. There have been three loan spells in that time yet the player has still claimed ten international caps at senior level, but his goals to games ratio is around one in six at best.
Oliveira is just 21 so has time to develop but as far as a spell at Tottenham is concerned, a fourth striker berth looks about right.