The fact that Heung-min Son rattled home a lethal hat-trick against Millwall in the FA Cup last weekend, or the sight of Vincent Janssen finally slotting home his first Tottenham Hotspur goal from open play, is unlikely to change Mauricio Pochettino’s summer transfer plans all that much.
Spurs are crying out for a striker and with Harry Kane ruled out for a number of weeks with an ankle injury, their over-reliance on the England goal-machine could be brutally exposed between now and the end of the season. Although whether this means they should pay £34million for a player labelled the Jamie Vardy of Portugal, according to Bild, is still open for much debate.
Moussa Marega has scored 12 goals in 17 games for Vitoria Guimaraes during a season-long loan from FC Porto, finally making his mark in Europe after toiling in the French lower leagues and even trekking as far as Tunisia.
His scoring record alone is enough to make anyone sit up and take notice. Marega (below, centre) netted 10 goals in his first eight games of the season, winning the Man of the Match award on five occasions according to WhoScored.
However, Tottenham recently learned the hard way the risk of signing a striker on the back of a prolific purple patch in a lesser European league. Furthermore, Marega is already 25. He may be a late bloomer but you have to ask why it has taken him so long to make his mark.
And since receiving a straight red for lashing out at an opponent in November’s clash with Nacional, Marega went six games without a goal. He is far from the finished article and while Pochettino thrives in coaxing star quality out of young talent, Tottenham would want an established, top class centre-forward for a club record fee of £34 million.
And Marega is not that. At least not yet.