Under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur have made a bright start to the Premier League season, three wins and two draws from the opening seven games puts them in sixth place at the international break.
The only real problem for the Argentine coach is where Spurs attacking threat is going to come from this season. Emmanuel Adebayor is the only forward to have found the net in the league, Roberto Soldado hasn’t worked since his move from Valencia and the other option is youngster Harry Kane.
Today in The Mirror, Spurs have been linked with a move for 24-year-old French striker Wissam Ben Yedder. The Toulouse FC forward has scored 37 goals since the start of the 2012/13 season and has earned his reputation as one of Ligue 1’s deadliest strikers.
However, if Spurs want to make a £5 million move for the forward, it would mean a change of system, as he wouldn’t suit the current 4-2-3-1 formation that Pochettino is using. The reasons for not signing Ben Yedder are the same reasons that the striker still hasn’t received an international call.
At Toulouse, Ben Yedder has made his name in Alain Casanova’s 3-5-2 formation. Ben Yedder’s game is all about finding holes in the defence, playing off his strike partner and making runs in behind. He is only 5 foot 6 inches tall; he isn’t big or strong enough to play as a No. 9 on his own.
Although he is quick along the ground, he doesn’t have that sprint acceleration that would help him play on the wing. He is all about a low centre of gravity, quick turns, running in between defenders and his excellent skill and guile on the ball.
You don’t score that many goals in Ligue 1 without being a top striker, but it has to be in a system that gets the best out of the forward. To put someone of Ben Yedder’s physical stature up front in the Premier League on his own, would be a recipe for disaster.
If Pochettino is willing to change his formation, Ben Yedder could be an excellent partner for any of his current forwards, but to ask him to replace them and become the main front-man, it is not a move that would end well for Spurs.