Why Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be a tremendous coup for Tottenham

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Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are showing an interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Reports suggest the Lilywhites have followed the Gabon striker since he was at St Etienne but may face a tough task in prising him from Dortmund without Champions League football.

Harry Kane's impressive breakthrough season overshadowed a disappointing season for Tottenham's strikers last season, leading to suggestions that the club need to invest shrewdly over the summer.

With both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado offering little in terms of goals, the Lilywhites are in desperate need of attacking additions ahead of the new season.

Now, with Mauricio Pochettino seeking to freshen up his attacking options, Aubameyang has once again fallen under the radar, although his current club are unlikely to let him leave without a fight.

Amid speculation linking the Dortmund man with Tottenham, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics to see if he could compete with Harry Kane for a regular first-team role at White Hart Lane. 

The Gabon international impressed last season with 16 league goals in 33 appearances. The 26-year-old - who also featured as a winger last term - ranked seventh in the Bundesliga based on goals per game, behind the likes of Arjen Robben, Bas Dost and Robert Lewandowski with an impressive rate of 0.5.

On the other hand, Harry Kane took the Premier League by storm in his breakthrough campaign, scoring 21 league goals in 34 appearances for Tottenham last season; a superior goals per game rate of 0.6. His strike-rate was also superior to Aubemeyang's (29.5% to 19.8%), although his shot accuracy proved marginally inferior (58% to 59%). 

However, it was the Dortmund forward who excelled creatively. With six assists - to Kane's four - and more chances created per game (1.36 to 0.79) the Gabon international is evidently the more innovative of the two players. However, it must be noted that Kane recorded a greater pass completion rate (79% to 68%), which suggests the alternative strengths to the Englishman's game.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Aubameyang emerges as the more accomplished ball carrier, but the margin between the duo is narrower than one might expect. Having recording a 50% dribble success rate, compared to the 46.73% of Kane, this battle for supremacy in this key area is by no means a full gone conclusion. 

With the duo excelling in alternative areas, it is a near impossible task deciding who would be the superior striker for Pochettino's side. Aubameyang boasts the superior creative instincts, while his pace and athleticism would see him take the English top flight by storm. However, few can argue with the goal tally accrued by Harry Kane in his breakthrough season.

Aubameyang is one of Europe's most dangerous forwards, and he would represent a coup for any English club, should they be lucky enough to sign him. With the Lilywhites challenging for a top four spot next season having two top quality strikers would provide a tremendous boost to the club's prospects of Champions League qualification. 

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