Where does want-away Juventus striker fit in at Spurs?

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is happy for the club to target Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic. Where would he fit in at White Hart Lane?

According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is happy for the club to launch a swoop for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic.

The Montenegro international struggled for regular playing time with the Italian champions last season, featuring in just 12 Serie A fixtures.

Pochettino is thought to have been alerted to the striker's availability by club sporting director Franco Baldini, who has numerous contacts in Italy, and the former Southampton boss is believed to have given the green light to a potential deal.

2013/14 Season Statistics

  TeamPosGoalsmins / GoalsGoal AssistTotal Att AssistShot Accuracy (%)AppsMins
Emmanuel Adebayor Tottenham Hotspur FW 11 164.36 4 34 52 21 1,808
Roberto Soldado Tottenham Hotspur FW 6 321.83 5 29 28 28 1,931
Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur FW 3 166.33 0 7 43 10 499
Marko Vucinic Juventus FW 2 203.50 0 6 71 14 423

 2012/13 Season Statistics

  TeamPosGoalsmins / GoalsGoal AssistTotal Att AssistShot Accuracy (%)AppsMins
Emmanuel Adebayor Tottenham Hotspur FW 5 319 1 27 45 25 1,597
Marko Vucinic Juventus FW 10 206 6 53 51 31 2,069

Pochettino is likely to favour a 4-2-3-1 formation, similar to the set-up he utilised during his time with Southampton. In this system we should expect to see Adebayor as the strongest contender for the lone forward role, leaving Vucinic battling Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane for a place on the bench.

The Argentine’s tactics create the perfect environment for a predatory number nine with the guile to bring those around him into play, and whilst the Juventus forward scored twice and created seven chances last term, Adebayor prospered on a regular basis for the Lilywhites.

Ultimately, it’s hard to compare Vucinic from the previous campaign’s statistics, considering he started just four league matches. Instead, we’ll look back to the 2012/13 season, in which he starred as a first team regular in Juventus’ Serie A winning campaign.

Based on his 10 goals for the season, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll reach the goal scoring heights of Adebayor – the former Manchester City-man is easily capable of 15, or more, strikes a season - but in terms of his chance creation, Vucinic could prove superior. Two seasons ago, he fashioned 53 goal scoring opportunities for his team mates, assisting his Juventus team mates on six occasions.

His creativity is certainly a positive and he offers something different to Adebayor; a plan B if you will. Similar to the role Rickie Lambert played at Southampton, he is fantastic at bringing his teammates into matches and this is no doubt a major attraction for Pochettino.

At 30 years of age, he will not offer the same goal threat as Adebayor, but he would offer a decent option coming off the bench. Having said this, it’s unlikely he’ll opt to switch teams to occupy yet another bit-part role.

One thing’s for sure, after playing just 407 minutes of league football last season, the Montenegro international will be desperate for a move away from Turin. Whilst there is set to be much interest in his signature, it is not yet clear how much Juventus will ask for a player who has one year left on his contract.

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