Why Lukaku at Spurs would be a perfect match... if he's available

Romelu Lukaku

With Everton, Newcastle, and others all likely to be interested in the Chelsea man this summer, we take a look at why Tottenham may well be his best option.

Given Romelu Lukaku's outstanding season for Everton, it's no surprise that rival Premier League managers have begun talking of an interest in signing the young Belgian.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has already discussed his hopes of keeping his loan star at Goodison, while Newcastle manager Alan Pardew spoke of his interest in the 20-year-old ahead of the meeting between the two sides on Tuesday night.

Since then, Tottenham have emerged as favourites in the press for the Chelsea loanee, and it's not difficult to see why Spurs would be such a great fit for Lukaku, just as they would be for him.

Out of the clubs in the market for Lukaku, Tottenham will are likely be the wealthiest, highest profile outfit based in England. With a squad full of promise, they are somehow just 6 points off the top four despite what many consider a disappointing season. Everton may be able to keep hold of their forward if they sneak into the Champions League, but even that may not be enough if they aren't prepared to offer the wages Spurs can lay down.

With three Belgians already at the club, Spurs would also be easy for Lukaku to settle into, while of course benefitting the national team and Lukaku's prospects for them. A tendency for the Tottenham wingers and fullbacks to put in plenty of crosses would also benefit a player as powerful in the air as Lukaku is.

Tottenham have been crying out for a powerful, mobile target man for years. In Dimitar Berbatov they had a genuine forward of attacking class who lacked the work ethic and pace to take advantage of Tottenham's wing play. Nevertheless, the Bulgarian impressed at White Hart Lane and earned a £30 million move to Manchester United.

Fast forward a couple of years, and Emmanuel Adebayor is the forward of choice for the North Londoners. Emerging as the main striker in each of Tottenham's last three three seasons, the Togo man has enjoyed spells where he has also proven to be an outstanding attacking option, particularly during his initial loan spell and since his return to the team under Tim Sherwood.

However, somewhat like Berbatov, he has proven to be something of an unpredictable attacker, at least until his recent outstanding form, and though he is capable of carrying the ball and getting behind the opposition defence, he doesn't possess the sheer uncompromising power, pace and bustle of Romelu Lukaku. Neither is he as dominant in the air as the former Anderlecht man.

Now, it would be hard to argue that any one can come in and do a better job for Spurs than Adebayor has since Christmas, but, given his history and his age (he turned 30 in February), it would be prudent to have someone in as back up who can not only slot in to play in the same fashion as Adebayor, but also represent a possible, and youthful alternative, if, or rather when, the former Arsenal striker goes off the boil again.

Lukaku has demonstrated superb forward play in the Premier League when he has been given a chance, hitting 17 goals in 38 games at West Brom last season and already with 13 in 25 now at Everton. If, as may be very likely given rumours of a move for Diego Costa or Radamel Falcao, Lukaku is once again relegated to vying for a place on the Chelsea bench with Fernando Torres, Samuel Etoo, Demba Ba and whoever else Mourinho may bring in next year, his career will stutter at its most pivotal stage.

As a proven Premier League goalscorer, Lukaku needs to be at a club where he can regularly turn out, and Tottenham, who continue to cry out for a powerful, pacey forward to bust a gut to get past deep-lying opposition defences, may just be the perfect place for him.

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