Tottenham Hotspur need a striker, if not in January, then certainly next summer. That is pretty clear.
But are Spurs so lacking in options that they would want to recruit an untested and unproven (at the highest level) 19-year-old?
Common sense suggests that they won’t, which is why The Daily Star’s claims that Tottenham are keen on Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom should be taken with a pinch of salt.
“Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton are all circling while the Gunners striker starlet weighs up his future,” claims the report, which goes on to add: “City, Spurs and Everton are all ready to pounce, either in January or next summer once Akpom's current contract expires.”
Akpom is rated very highly and has been quite prolific at youth levels, but one has to ask if that is enough for Tottenham to make a move for him, even if they get him on a free.
Tottenham already have a 21-year-old Harry Kane who is just getting his chances, so why would manager Mauricio Pochettino want to sign yet another youngster for a striker’s role?
One could argue that England Under-20 international would want to leave Arsenal because of the number of established strikers ahead of him in the pecking order.
At Tottenham, the teenager will face a similar problem, with Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kane ahead of them.
Even if the North London club decide to sell both Soldado and Adebayor, Akpom will still be the fourth choice as replacements will be signed.
Akpom could the replacement for Soldado or Adebayor, you say…? Now that is a bit too far-fetched, isn’t it?