Gent striker Laurent Depoitre has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane in January and should his switch come to fruition, it would be an all too familiar story of Spurs settling for ‘plan b’.
Recent reports - by the likes of the Telegraph - have claimed that the North London club have been keeping tabs on the 27-year old for several months and have regularly sent scouts to Belgium to assess him.
While Delpoitre would represent a perfectly capable addition to the squad, he isn’t the man to take Spurs to the next level, and opting for him over Saido Berahino would feel like a case of déjà vu.
In Mauricio Pochettino’s first summer in charge, Morgan Schneiderlin and Mateo Musacchio were identified as the two main targets to kick-start his reign but neither transfer materialised.
Spurs instead went for cheaper alternatives in Benjamin Stambouli and Federico Fazio. The Frenchman left for PSG this summer and Fazio would have followed him out the door were it not for his West Brom move collapsing at the eleventh hour.
The failures of those two are an indication of the dangers of settling for alternatives to main targets and bringing in Delpoitre instead of Berahino would be just that.
Spurs would, of course, have to pay more to prise the England Under-21 international from the Baggies but the qualities he would bring to Pochettino’s side make him worth every penny.
Harry Kane’s struggles in front of goal this season has again highlighted the need to bring in a direct, quality alternative to the Spurs academy product.
The likes of Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Min Son may well do an adequate job through the middle in emergencies, but the lack of real competition for the England international can’t be having a positive effect on his game.
Delpoitre would be an alternative for Kane but would not be expected to challenge for a first-team spot. Berahino, on the other hand, certainly would and his versatility across the attacking positions would make him a far more useful acquisition.
West Brom will once again be determined to hold on to their prized asset come January, but Spurs can get their man with an appropriate offer early enough in the window, and it’s imperative they do, if finishing in the top four is indeed a genuine aspiration.