An interesting striker link has emerged over the weekend as Spurs are rumoured to be about to make an approach for Benfica’s Spanish under 21 forward Rodrigo. Those reports claim that the club has watched the youngster in recent weeks and that he is considered enough of a prospect for that interest to be taken further.
The stories point to huge potential and it’s certainly hoped that Rodrigo is a better striker than he was in the 2010-11 season when he netted just once in 20 games during a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers. Admittedly, that goals to game ratio has improved significantly – 29 in 71 in Portugal over the last two years – but is it enough to get excited about?
The quoted fee is around £10 million but it may only be value if Rodrigo came in as a supporting striker. The concern is that Spurs will miss out on bigger targets such as Leandro Damiao and David Villa and too much will rest on a player who is, as yet, unproven.
There’s a long way to go with this story but Rodrigo’s potential arrival could bring more questions than answers for a club in desperate need of striking re-inforcement.