The Daily Mirror’s transfer blog yesterday claimed at 11am that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke was high on the wish list for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.
The Belgian forward is one of the best attacking players at Villa, but there are a few reasons why he isn’t the man Tottenham should be going after.
There is theory in Spurs signing a striker before the end of this month, as it would take some of the pressure off of Harry Kane and give the boss a different option up front.
Benteke is a big, physical and imposing sort of striker who can bully defences up and down the Premier League, but Spurs already possess a forward capable of doing that job in the form of Emmanuel Adebayor.
It’s also arguable that having Benteke leading the attack would cause Spurs to change their normal style of play to accommodate his best attributes, which they don’t have to do with Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado who are already used to the system.
He could change the way Kane has been playing if the pair were used together.
Benteke is a forward who likes to play on the shoulder of a defence and push defenders back, which would force Kane to drop into midfield to try and get a touch of the ball.
Kane’s arguable better when he’s working hard to find space across the defensive line, looking for a gap to exploit as he tries to get on the end of an intelligent pass.
It’s also fair to suggest that Benteke would be an expensive player to go after when considered against some of the other options in attack.
His contract doesn’t expire for another two years and the fact he plays for another English club could inflate his fee if Spurs make any interest in the player official.
It’s an appealing deal but a striker who only has three goals in his last 15 appearances is not the way forward.