Forget Berahino, Tottenham should sign Norwich City's Nathan Redmond instead

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino - but what about Norwich City ace Nathan Redmond?

According to a number of media outlets such as the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.

Spurs have done little business in terms of player additions this summer, with their most notable signings coming in the form of defenders rather than much-needed attacking players.

The dependance on Harry Kane has been well documented, and at least the club have brought in a player who can provide both competition and supplement in Clinton N’Jie.

So what now in regards of Saido Berahino? Well, Spurs seemingly haven’t given up on signing him but following the arrival of N’Jie, surely the club should now look to a more pressing matter in attack.

Just behind centre-forward Harry Kane, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has a real shortage of options with Mousa Dembele playing out of position and Erik Lamela simply out of form.

Against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, Spurs looked ineffective in terms of creativity.

Tottenham need a genuine wide player, and one player who ticks all the boxes in terms of age and style is Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond.

Forget Berahino, the Canaries’ 21-year-old winger possesses all the attributes currently missing from Spurs’ attacking wide men – pace, agility, trickery and, above all, consistent creativity.

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameBall Recoveries per GameDef Duels Won per GameAppearances
Nathan Redmond 2 1 2.67 2.67 2.33 4.33 4 3
Nacer Chadli 1 1 2 1 0.33 5.33 2.33 3
Mousa Dembélé 0 0 1.33 0.33 2 6.67 8.33 3
Christian Eriksen 0 1 3 3 1 7.5 4 2
Erik Lamela 0 0 0.67 2 0 3 2.33 3

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Birmingham City man has taken to Premier League football like a duck to water, scoring twice and adding an assist in three matches.

Arguably the most important factor in relation to Spurs’ attacking quartet is Redmond’s higher average of successful take-ons per match, an attribute Spurs desperately lack.

Which player at White Hart Lane is capable of carrying the ball 40 yards or pulling players out of position as they embark on a mazy run? Alex Pritchard perhaps, but he has yet to be given a chance.

Redmond has been involved in 10 goals - five goals and five assists - in his last eight league matches, but he is also a hard worker and is willing to contribute defensively too.

While Berahino would be a solid acquisition, he is not the sort of player the club desperately need and for the money which has been branded about, Redmond arguably represents a much better option.

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