The Aston Villa forward’s future has been the subject of intense speculation ever since he revealed that he didn’t think the club could keep him if he wanted to join a bigger side.
Tottenham are now reportedly considering axing the popular and consistent Jermain Defoe in order to give themselves an edge in the battle to sign Benteke but it may not be the best idea.
It’s not a great idea because Defoe is not just popular at Spurs, he’s also very consistent.
He bagged 11 goals for the club last season, which is fewer than Benteke but Andre Villas-Boas knows exactly what he’s going to get from the 30-year-old. The difference is he scores goals every season for the club.
Benteke has only had one successful season in English football so it could be a mistake on their part to let Defoe go in exchange for a striker who hasn’t yet proven himself to be consistent in England.
It also doesn’t make much sense when you reflect on the deal in terms of the current Tottenham squad and how it could look after the summer.
Spurs could lose Gareth Bale, which makes the importance of having number attacking options much greater.
One of the main problems for the club towards the back end of last season was the lack of attacking options AVB had to choose from, as Spurs needed to try and change late games in the race for fourth place.
If Bale leaves and Defoe is swapped for Benteke, then the club loses two prolific and proven goalscorers and the manager will still need to bring another one or two players into the attacking unit.
It’s also a big risk in the context of what Tottenham are trying to achieve at the moment.
They will be going all out to make sure they finish in the top four next season. With Arsenal likely to go hard again and Liverpool likely to improve, it makes it more important for the club to retain reliable and experienced players.
There is no doubt Benteke would be a fantastic addition for the club but they need to think carefully over how they are going to try and push the deal through because losing Defoe in the process is not the right way to go.
All of this doesn’t even take into account how the player feels over the move because Defoe would warrant a much higher profile move than going to Aston Villa, a club where the emphasis is on younger players at the moment.
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