Five Championship strikers Tottenham could sign to join Kane and Vinicius
Tottenham finally added another striker to their ranks before the transfer window closed.
As Football.London reports, Benfica frontman Carlos Vinicius joined on a season-long long deal, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of this season.
It ended 14 months without a back-up to Harry Kane following Fernando Llorente’s departure.
But could Jose Mourinho be tempted to add another?
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes there are players at Championship level with the suitable skill-set.
“You can’t expect [Kane] to play every single minute of every single game, because he’s going to get injured, especially with the fixture list,” O’Hara said on talkSPORT.
“It’s just about trying to get a striker who’s happy to play second fiddle.
“I think you need to find a striker who has got something to prove, who wants that chance at a big football club, who hasn’t quite had it, and says ‘give me a chance and I’ll prove I can be good enough.’”
O’Hara suggested such a player could be found at Championship level, and we’ve picked out five men who Spurs might want to take a look at as the transfer deadline draws closer.
Grant was one of the few bright sparks when Huddersfield Town were relegated from the Premier League in 2019. The Terriers only scored nine goals as a team after his arrival from Charlton Athletic, but he scored four of them.
The 23-year-old continued that goalscoring form last season to help his team stay afloat in the Championship, and he has found the net wherever he has played.
If Grant can score in the top flight after stepping into a doomed team having begun the season in question in League One, surely he’ll have the confidence to step up again even if it’s not as a starting striker.
Pukki is another who has scored goals in the Premier League, even netting a hat-trick for Norwich City against Newcastle United last season.
While the Finnish striker may decide a season back in the second tier will suit him as he attempts to rediscover his touch ahead of next summer’s European Championship, fewer games against tougher opposition isn’t without its merits.
At 30, the former Celtic man might not have too many more chances to test himself at the highest level of club football and he knows how to play as a lone striker supported by exciting wide forwards.
In an ideal world, Armstrong would still be at boyhood club Newcastle, banging in goals for the team he supported as a child.
Instead, he’s banging in goals in the second tier for Blackburn Rovers, having failed to net in any of his 15 Premier League outings for the Magpies.
He’s still just 23, though, and is in fine form with five goals from four league and cup games this season. Spurs could do worse than bring him in as Kane’s back-up.
One of the main advantages of Llorente during his time in north London was his aerial ability, and few strikers anywhere in the English pyramid are as close to matching it as Smith.
The Millwall frontman ranked in the top three for aerial duels won per game last season, and has averaged more than five aerial wins per game in every season since 2017/18, making him a reliable tool from the bench even when a first-choice striker is playing.
While a journeyman Championship striker in his early 30s isn’t the obvious pick for a team battling it out in the top half of the Premier League and in Europe, he’s a man who knows his strengths and plays to them well.
Wells will certainly feel he has a point to prove in the Premier League, having been handed just 46 minutes of top-flight football at Burnley, and his 18 goals last season came at a rate of one every 156 minutes (per WhoScored).
The Bermudian showed surprising strength and aerial ability at times during his stint at QPR, demonstrating he’s capable of filling a Kane-type role despite his relatively slight stature.
There is one potential stumbling block, namely the fact that he only moved to current club Bristol City in January, but the pull of a top Premier League move would surely be enough to get around that.