Whilst both Christian Benitez and Rodrigo are talented players, Tottenham Hotspur need to bring in an established top level forward they are confident can hit the ground running in the Premier League.
As Tottenham Hotspur look to start their summer by getting their backroom team in place, it is likely that there will be little action in terms of bringing in players just yet, and although this might be frustrating for Spurs fans, the club will no doubt be reflecting on exactly what kind of player they are targeting this summer.
The most important position to strengthen is up front, and Spurs have been linked with a plethora of forwards of varying quality already this summer. However ensuring that they bring in the right player to bolster their attack is something it is worth taking time over to get it right, and this summer Spurs do not need to be taking any chances on their strike force.
Both Christian Benitez and Rodrigo would represent a gamble of one kind or another, and unless they are being brought in along with one or two more established names, they would be a poor option for Spurs this summer.
Benitez has been prolific in the Mexican league with Club America over the past few seasons, but his one year in English football saw him net just four times for Birmingham City, and at 27, he is unlikely to be the leading man Spurs need in their attack.
At 22, Rodrigo represents a different kind of risk for Spurs. He has shown plenty of potential this season for Benfica, and his adaptability means he could be a good option for Andre Villas-Boas as a squad player to add depth around the attack, but if spending £10+million on him limits Spurs’ chances of signing the central striker they need, Rodrigo should not be pursued this summer.
Clearly finding a 20 goal a season man is always difficult, but this year there are options available for Spurs, and if they are prepared to spend a bit more than normal, either of Alvaro Negredo or Roberto Soldado would be a fine choice. Every transfer is a gamble, but this summer Spurs need to sign at least one forward where the risk is minimised, as they cannot afford another season without a prolific central striker.
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