Tottenham fans react to Laurent Depoitre's Champions League performance for Gent

Tottenham Hotspur fans showed most interest in the Gent striker who netted to help his side pull off a surprise result.

Laurent Depoitre chose the perfect night to break his Champions League scoring duck to help Gent beat Zenit St Petersburg.

Belgian outlet HLN reported this week the striker has rejected a new contract and will be sold, with just 18 months left to run.

It was reported last month by The Mail that Depoitre was on Tottenham's radar, and it was reported by the same paper this week Spurs were sending scouts to watch him in action against Zenit this week.

He had not scored in his opening five games in the competition, and chose an ideal moment to rise high and power a header home from a Moses Simon cross, which put them 1-0 up against Andre Villas-Boas' Russian champions.

Gent went onto win 2-1, and Depoitre could have had another, having a shot saved by Juri Lodygin.

The game demonstrated Depoitre's strengths, his ability to lead the line in attack on his own, and his aerial prowess, but also his limitations, that he is reliant on service, and did not create any chances for teammates, touching the ball just 37 times in 90 minutes, and completing 66 per cent of his passes.

While Tottenham hold an interest, and he is available, the caveat to that was Gent stated their desire to sell in the summer, rather than January.

Depoitre's goal and his side's win meant that Gent were surprise qualifiers for the Champions League second phase, as Gary Neville's Valencia crashed to defeat to Lyon.

It is going to be even more difficult for Spurs, or any side, to tempt him away mid season and stop him finishing what he started and a sizeable fee to persuade the club also to part ways with him.

His display and goal garnered a positive response on Twitter from Tottenham fans and others alike keeping an eye out for his performance.






How good could Depoitre be? The Champions League is his first test at the top level, with limited success of one goal in six games, but Belgian football expert John Chapman believes he has the tools to be a success in the Premier League, suggesting elements of his game compared favourably with Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.


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