The Mirror have today reported that Spurs are ready to offer Emmanuel Adebayor to Aston Villa to sweeten a deal to sign Christian Benteke.
Benteke is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and it wouldn’t be so long ago that every Tottenham fan would be desperate to land him. The emergence of Harry Kane has changed that.
Kane’s development has been rapid. Having seen off Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado to establish himself as Spurs’ main man, does he really need a new £25m+ striker blocking his path?
Of course, the two could play together with Kane deeper and Christian Eriksen wide on the left, but after the success the England international had leading the line, this seems like an occasional option rather than a regular one.
If you spend the sort of money that it would take to land a player like Benteke then you have to play them regularly, unless you want their value to depreciate quicker than Roberto Soldado’s has.
Were Tottenham in the Champions League then perhaps making a move for another top striker in his prime would make sense. With the Europa League providing less challenging matches, Spurs would be better off spending their money elsewhere.
Midfield is the area where the team most needs to be strengthened. Up front, a young player with pace who can also play wide and perhaps an older, cheaper striker makes more sense. Fernando Llorente has also been linked and seems to a more realistic and sensible option.
That said, only the most pragmatic Spurs fan could fail to see their pulse rate increase if Benteke did arrive. We often moan at Daniel Levy for not buying the best and Benteke fits the description.