Although fans of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur would have been delighted to see their teams sign Christian Benteke this summer, they will also be asking the question why their club has not been able to find a Benteke of their own in recent years, rather than now having to spend over £25million on Roberto Soldado or £40million on Luis Suarez.
It is a little harder for them to take a risk on an up and coming striker compared to Aston Villa, but if they could bring in a young star alongside an established forward this summer, they could ensure they avoid a huge transfer fee somewhere down the line.
Uche Nwofor has been linked to both sides, along with Newcastle United, CSKA Moscow and Chelsea in recent years, and the 21-year-old is set to leave Dutch side VVV-Venlo after they were relegated from the Eredivisie last season. Chelsea and Benfica both reportedly rivaled VVV-Venlo to Nwofor’s signature in 2011, with the striker eventually deciding that the Netherlands was the best place to start his European career.
Nwofor was hardly prolific last year, scoring eight goals in 25 league games, but as a youngster in a poor side, he turned in plenty of encouraging performances and recently earned a recall to the Nigeria squad, and his pacy and powerful style have drawn comparisons to Benteke.
Clearly not every promising young player will turn into a Benteke, and there will plenty of teams disappointed when trying to replicate Villa’s success, but if Arsenal and Spurs want their teams to target exciting young players then Nwofor might be a good option.
Spurs in particular might need to bring in another player even if they sign Soldado, with Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly close to an exit at White Hart Lane. Turkish side Besiktas are ready to sign the Togolese forward, but a move seems to be dependent on whether or not they are successful in appealing their ban from European football.
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