There is a good chance that Tottenham Hotspur would have had eyes on the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. After being linked with Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder, it would have been an ideal opportunity to cast an eye on their target. However, one player that would have caught their eye is OM’s hit man, Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Called back into the France squad for the recent friendlies, the 28-year-old striker is on top form at the moment. Helping Marseille climb to the top of the Ligue 1 table, Gignac has scored 10 goals in the opening 10 games; the best ever start to a season for the former Toulouse and Lorient striker.
The last player to equal this feat in Ligue 1 was Karim Benzema back when he played for Lyon.
If Spurs are on the search for a new striker to lead the line in the Premier League, they should look no further than the Marseille No. 9. Under Marcelo Bielsa, the striker is playing the best football of his career, he is leaner and meaner and he looks like a man re-born.
What makes the situation even more interesting is the fact that he is out of contract come the end of the season. Gignac’s next contract will likely be his last. He could favour a move to England, for one chance to play in the Premier League.
Where Ben Yedder fails, Gignac would be perfect for Spurs or any side looking for a proper front-man. He is big and powerful, his movement is superb and he can score goals from all over the pitch.
Not only is he deadly in and around the penalty spot. Gignac can score from distance and is deadly in the air.
This season, “Big Mac” has been a one-man wrecking machine. With the pace and skill of Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin and André Ayew behind the forward, he has been spoiled for opportunities and the big striker has taken them.
Marseille are unlikely to be able to offer Gignac a new contract that would convince him to stay, and if they don’t want him to leave on a free, they could accept offers this January.
The only thing that would keep him at the Velodrome would be the prospect of a league title at Marseille. Moving this summer would suit everyone, especially if Gignac continues to play at the level he is now.