According to reports, Spurs are hopeful of tying up a £25 million deal to sign Real Sociedad attacker Antoine Griezmann who has previously been linked with an abundance of elite clubs before, during and after his appearance at the World Cup in Brazil with France.
The tricky winger scored 20 goals in all competitions last term for Real Sociedad improving on his 11 goals the previous season. He also added five assists to contribute for his team but is presently expected to leave in search of pastures new.
The 23-year-old combines pace, skill and creativity as well as finesse in front of goal with his finishing but could he be the player who could replace Gareth Bale at Tottenham after the Welshman was sold for a world record fee of £82.5 million last summer?
Bale scored just two more goals in all competitions for European champions Real Madrid last term following his move to the Spanish capital and in the La Liga scored one goal fewer than Griezmann did last term which would suggest they're on the same playing field - in the same league the two players aren’t all that far apart.
The 25-year-old Welshman made more assists than Griezmann last term, 12 in La Liga, but one could argue that the superior quality of the players around him at the Bernabeu could have influenced that tally.
In terms of performance, Bale averaged 3.3 shots per game to Griezmann’s 3.2, 1.5 key passes per game to Griezmann’s one on average, and whilst Bale was far ahead of the Frenchman in terms of his dribbling, 2.1 completed per game to Griezmann’s 0.7, Griezmann was disposed less often - 0.6 times per game to Bale’s one.
The France attacker also achieved a higher pass completion rate of 77.2% to Bale’s 76.3% and 59.5% of Griezmann’s shots where on target last term to Bale’s 43% for Real Madrid.
Overall, at two years the former Spurs star’s junior, Antoine Griezmann looks to have a very similar skill-set that is not at all far off the capabilities of Bale in La Liga.
If he could transfer that level of performance to the Premier League and maintain it consistently, there’s no reason why Antoine Griezmann couldn’t be the long-term replacement for the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale.