11 goals in 13 games for Jonas: Striker Spurs couldn’t sign for free shines

Having previously been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Jonas has been in fine form for Benfica.

Back in the summer, the Daily Mail claimed Tottenham Hotspur had been offered Brazilian striker Jonas following his departure from Valencia.

The free agent would have been a smart addition to Spurs’ side, had it not been for one thing – manager Mauricio Pochettino had already reached his limit for oversees players in his squad.

Ultimately Jonas moved to Portuguese side Benfica, while Tottenham failed to add any new strikers, relying instead on Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and the emerging Harry Kane.

But a quick look at Jonas’s recent record since his move suggests Tottenham may be ruing the circumstances that prevented them from bringing in the player – had they wanted him of course.

Since moving to Benfica, Jonas has scored 11 goals in 13 appearances, form that would have seen him become an instant hero at White Hart Lane.

We all know why Jonas could not move to Tottenham in the summer even if all parties concerned had wanted the deal, but given the 30-year-old’s impressive form could Pochettino attempt to rectify that now?

The print edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola recently reported that Tottenham had scouts at Benfica’s weekend encounter with Vitoria Guimaraes, a match in which Jonas scored yet again, and with a contract that expires in 2016, he may be available for the right price.

After all, Benfica signed him for nothing so could Tottenham tempt their hand and bring in a ready-made goal-scorer to assist Kane?

Jonas has scored goals everywhere he has been, including 52 for Valencia and 42 for Gremio, and while he is not getting any younger he could be exactly the type of forward Tottenham need as they look to secure a top four spot that is far more likely than many would have envisaged at this stage of the campaign.

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