Why reports linking Alexandre Pato to Tottenham make no sense at all

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The former Milan striker has been trying to rebuild his stuttering career for the past two years.

Alexandre Pato has yet again been linked to Spurs, with TMW today reporting on Sky Italia’s claims that Spurs are monitoring the forward’s situation.

Wolfsburg are said to have initiated talks and would appear favourites to sign the former Milan man, but the notion of Mauricio Pochettino being interested in the 25-year old is a strange one.

The Brazilian burst onto the scene in the 2007-08 campaign with a string of electric performances and over the next four seasons boasted impressive returns for the Italian side – bagging 50 goals in 102 appearances.

The 2011-12 campaign saw Pato’s injury woes take centre-stage, with several thigh injuries limiting his game time over the next two years.

He returned to Brazil with Corinthians in 2013 and has since been on loan to Sao Paulo - managing 25 goals in his 74 appearances in what has been something of a return to form.

Despite this resurgence, Pato’s signing represents a major risk for any would-be takers. Once considered one of the hottest prospects in world football, there are question marks over whether the Brazilian can return to form in Europe.

His devastating succession of injuries have reduced his pace and mobility – arguably his key attribute – and his form in the pedestrian-paced Brazilian Série A isn’t indicative of a smooth transition to the Premier League (see: Paulinho).

Mauricio Pochettino is renowned for working his players to the absolute limit and the demands of the pressing game he insists upon playing will simply be too much for the former Brazilian international.

For under £10 million, Pato may be worth a gamble for a few clubs in Europe, but a move to the Premier League - and especially to Pochettino's Spurs - makes no sense at all.

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