Pochettino should give former Tottenham target Teofilo Gutierrez another look

Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for striker Teofilo Gutierrez last summer and would be wise to take another look at the River Plate star.

The Premier League season may have only just wrapped, but attention is already turning to the summer ahead and the raft of new additions that will be required at clubs like Tottenham.

For Spurs, one of the main priorities for the next couple of months will be the acquisition of a new striker, and though plenty of big names have already been linked with a move to White Hart Lane, Mauricio Pochettino would be wise to consider a left-field alternative.

Teofilo Gutierrez.

Part of the Colombia team that progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil, Gutierrez emerged as a surprise target for Tottenham last summer, with the Daily Mirror among those to report on Spurs' interest.

Yet the reported interest ultimately came to nothing, with a host of media outlets including TalkSPORT noting the striker's poor disciplinary record, as well as a disastrous stint in Turkey with Trabzonspor, as evidence of his unsuitability to the Premier League.

But after a year in which, Harry Kane aside, Tottenham's strikers have struggled for goals, Gutierrez has enjoyed one of his most prolific periods to date.

Over his last 20 league outings for River, the 30-year-old has scored 15 goals, with his latest effort in a 2-0 victory over Rosario Central a particular highlight.

Running on to a perfectly weighted pass from teammate Leonardo Pisculichi, Gutierrez lifted the ball perfectly over the on-rushing goalkeeper in what was his second goal in as many games.

Valued at around £5 million when previously linked to Tottenham, his recruitment could be the kind of inexpensive gamble Pochettino may consider taking if he is to help Spurs claim a top four spot next term.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch