Mario Gomez has reminded everyone of his talent after announcing himself once again on the world stage with impressive performances at Euro 2016.
Germany's Mario Gomez
Tottenham Hotspur's protracted pursuit of a striker continues to bear no fruit. Michy Batshuayi is the latest in a long list of targets the club has missed out on, with Sky Sports reporting he is set to join London rivals Chelsea.
With another one of their prime targets, Vincent Janssen, now talking to Paris Saint-Germain (L'Equipe), Spurs should turn their attention to Fiorentina and Germany marksman Mario Gomez if they ultimately miss out on the Dutchman.
Gomez was part of Germany's Euro 2016 quarter-final victory over Italy, despite leaving the field with a slight muscular problem. He has scored two goals in four appearances in France for his country, and his displays have brought him to the attention of many major European clubs.
Gomez celebrates after scoring for Germany
He spent last season on loan at Besiktas and impressed with 26 goals in 33 Super Lig outings.
Tottenham are in desperate need of squad reinforcements in the forward areas, with the club too heavily reliant on Harry Kane. The England international looked particularly tired at the Euros, after an exhausting season saw him play 57 games for club and country.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino must ensure he has a striker of sufficient quality next season to deputise for Kane, and in turn, prevent the 22-year-old from burning out towards the end of the season.
Gomez has been pivotal to Germany's success at the Euros
Gomez would be the perfect signing, and would bring an incredible amount of goalscoring know-how and a wealth of experience at the highest level. His record in front of goal speaks for itself. Over the past seven years, he has made 213 appearances for Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Besiktas, and has scored 131 goals.
He has 68 caps for Germany, and has managed to score 29 international goals. His pedigree in unquestionable, but his advancing years could scupper any thought of a move for Gomez. Pochettino is notorious for targeting young stars, and moulding them into the type of player he wants them to become.
Gomez, 30, has proven throughout his career that wherever he goes, he scores goals, and because of this, he Spurs manager should make an exception his his recruitment policy and make a move for the Germany star.
Gomez has the physical presence to cope with the robust nature of the Premier League, so the risk involved in bringing the player to North London would be minimal. The potential transfer could prove to be the missing piece of the jigsaw for Spurs, and enable them to achieve that little bit more than they did last term.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino should consider a move for Gomez