A warning for Tottenham Hotspur over Depoitre

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Tottenham may want to hold back regarding striker Laurent Depoitre.

Tottenham Hotspur have an opportunity to sign Laurent Depoitre in January, but should they take it?

There is a saying which is well known, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, which could well apply regarding the striker.

On the face of it, a potential deal for Depoitre fits. Tottenham need a striker, he has been playing in the Champions League and recently capped by Belgium, and as reported by HLN over the past 24 hours, he is now up for sale after rejecting a contract extension.

So what's not to like? 

Plenty, as it goes. There is a reason Gent are looking to cash in while his market value is high, because they know a team now will be buying while his price tag is at it's peak.

After a bright start this season, Depoitre has faded badly. He has six goals in 17 appearances in the Jupiler Pro League, but has not scored since October 4.

The 26-year-old has lost his momentum, but his goals record suggests his early season run was a more the outlier than his current form.

He has 21 goals in 64 games for Gent, following 25 in 75 for Oostende, not prolific figures by any means, for a forward playing in a weaker league.

In the Champions League he has been found out, playing 90 minutes in all five games so far - failing to score a single goal.

He did net on his Belgium debut last month, but as Liverpool learned with Divock Origi, buying a player on the back of this is not a recipe for success.

Tottenham could decide to make their move, and hope Depoitre steps up, but really they could be better off looking at alternatives and letting the striker move elsewhere.

 

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