Romelu Lukaku would be a serious upgrade at Tottenham

The Chelsea front-man, whilst on loan at Everton, outperformed Spurs' current strike-force in every department last season

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly launched an ambitious attempt to sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for £20 million and he could be the perfect man to fire them into the Champions League spots.

Lukaku has found first-team chances limited at Chelsea, despite impressing on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton in the past two season, and is thought that the talented youngster may look to move to aid his development.

He has stated that if he was to move he would prefer it to be to a club in the Champions League, but Spurs are the only side to make a concrete bid for the front-man so far, according to the Metro, and if he was to join he could be the missing piece of the Tottenham Hotspur jigsaw.

Spurs struggled to find a top-quality striker last season, after their signing of Roberto Soldado didn’t have the desired effect on their play.

Soldado was bought in as the club’s record signing, but failed to live up to his £26 million price-tag, after he struggled to re-create the form that he had shown in La Liga for Valencia.

The Spanish international, who was expected to add the goals to Spurs’ attack that would allow them to mount a challenge for Championship League qualification, only scored six goals last campaign and his future at White Hart Lane is already under scrutiny.

By the end of last season he had found himself overtaken in the Tottenham Hotspur pecking order by Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane, often having to make do with appearances off the bench.

And even though he is likely to be given a second chance under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, it is evident that Spurs will be aiming to bring in a striker that can guarantee them goals for the upcoming season.

The stats suggest that that man should be Lukaku, after he outperformed the entirety of Spurs’ attack in every category last season, as the table below evidences.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistBig Chance MissedTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAtt Hd GoalTouchesMins
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 31 15 6 6 98 45 3 1,193 2,562
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 28 6 5 10 58 16 0 832 1,931
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 21 11 4 9 44 23 2 1,142 1,808
Harry Kane Spurs FW 10 3 0 8 28 12 2 266 499d

Lukaku managed more goals and assists than any of Spurs' three main-forward, but he also was the most clinical and involved out of the aforementioned quartet.

One stat that stands out above the rest is his ruthlessness compared to Spurs current front-line. Whilst Soldado's frustrations are highlighted by the fact that he missed 10 clear-cut-chances, Adebayor was also wasteful and Kane, who made 21 fewer appearances than Lukaku, also missed more big chances than the striker who was spearheading Everton's attack.

It shows a facet of Kane's game that needs working on, but it also proves that if Spurs had a potent front-man at their disposal they may have performed much better, as the chances were coming on regular occasions, they were just being spurned too often.

The only way they will solve this problem is to sign proven quality and although the club are loathed to bring in an influx of big-names, as they did last summer, they should be going all-out to sign Lukaku and give themselves the best chance of breaching the top four.

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