As Tottenham continue to seek new goal-scoring options, we suggest a German international with a cut-price release-clause.
With the January transfer-window fast-approaching, Tottenham Hotspur fans will be readying themselves for another barrage of stories linking them with this goal-scorer and that.
Given the club’s over-reliance on Robert Soldado, the doubts remaining over Jermain Defoe’s future and the Emmanuel Adebayor situation, the post-Christmas sales seem the ideal time for Andre Villas-Boas to go shopping for arguably the final piece in an already-impressive jigsaw.
But regardless of who he signs this winter, the Spurs boss should also set a reminder for the moment the Bundesliga season ends, at which point he should offer exactly €2.5million for Bayer Leverkusen’s Sidney Sam.
The 25-year-old German international is not technically a striker. But as part of a three-pronged attack with Heung Min Son and Stefan Kießling, Sam is in devastating form.
With seven goals and five assists already, Sam is rated sixth out of every German-based player by whoscored.com.
While Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus has been heavily-linked with both Manchester clubs in recent days, his release-clause of €35million makes Sam’s look like a pittance considering the players have identical records so far this season.
Only four players have scored more goals than Sam in the league to date, with two of those being the main men for Dortmund and Bayern Munich. So taking all that into perspective, Andre Villas-Boas would surely be foolish not to make his move.
Sam would be the missing spark that could prove the catalyst for Tottenham’s talented components to kick on. He could play off Soldado just as he currently does with Kießling, and provide added impetus along with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.
German newspaper Bild reports that Sam’s release-clause cannot be activated until the final year of his contract; hence the need to wait until the current season is over.
An attempt to sign him for an increased fee in January is likely to be met with one answer; the same one reportedly given to Schalke following their €6million bid last summer.
But next year is a different story, and given his progression and undeniable talent, Tottenham should be heading for the front of the queue.
They need him like few others among the top sides in England. They had just better hope the Premier League is on his to-do list.
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