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Two ideal attacking transfer targets for Pochettino’s Tottenham

In preparation for a top four challenge, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will still be on the prowl for further attacking reinforcements.

This article will highlight two forwards who, based on the statistics, would make ideal signings for the Argentine's side.

The potential departure of Andros Townsend, could leave Spurs limited on either flank. With Aaron Lennon likely to be one of only two remaining natural wingers, the White Hart Lane faithful will be anxious for Pochettino to utilise Daniel Levy’s chequebook.

Alessio Cerci

Alessio Cerci is a player who could prove a serious threat out wide for Spurs. The Torino forward made a serious impression in Serie A last season and his performances are likely to have caught the eye of Europe’s top managers, including the consistently astute Pochettino.

Tottenham lack real cutting edge in the final third and Cerci could be the solution to this issue. He is a player capable of combining creativity and attack in equal measure. The Italian is a versatile forward who is just as adept on either wing as he is as a second striker.

He scored 13 goals last term, whilst creating 10 goals from 57 key passes. He proved a stand-out performer for a seventh-placed Torino, orchestrating more attacking moves than any of his team-mates.

  TeamPosGoalsAssistsChances CreatedShot Conversion (%)Pass Success (%)Take on Success (%)AppsMins
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 7 8 68 14.58 82 39.06 25 1,983
Alessio Cerci Toronto FW 13 10 57 16.50 74 43.00 37 3,006

Of the current Spurs side, only Christian Eriksen proved able to match Cerci’s ingenuity. With the duo featuring in the same line-up, the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado can look forward to enjoying five star service.

Cerci has been extensively linked with AC Milan this summer, but the Italian giants have been deterred by Torino’s €20 million asking price.

Based on the quality he would provide, this fee would prove a drop in the ocean for Spurs. If Pochettino wants Champions League football at White Hart Lane next season, acquiring Cerci would certainly be a step in the right direction.

Fernando Llorente

With recent speculation linking Monaco’s Radamel Falcao with a move to Torino, Juventus’ Fernando Llorente could be the man forced out of the back door. The £12 million loan-deal for the Colombian hit-man is likely to be financed by the sale of the Old Lady’s Basque striker.

Tottenham, of course, could benefit from this transaction. With the Lilywhites in the market for a new forward, Llorente is a player whose credentials make him perfect for the Premier League. A physical presence and a prolific goal scorer, the former Athletic Bilbao forward could excel if given a chance in England.

He played an integral role in Juventus’ 2013/14 title winning campaign, scoring 16 goals and playing a further 49 key passes. He finished the league season just three strikes behind Carlos Tevez, having converted an impressive 30.2% of his total chances.

  TeamPosGoalsAssistsChances CreatedShot Conversion (%)AppsMins
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 6 5 29 12.00 28 1,931
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 11 4 34 33.30 21 1,808
Harry Kane Spurs FW 3 0 7 17.60 10 499
Fernando Llorente Juventus FW 16 5 49 30.20 34 2489

Of Pochettino’s current options upfront, only Emmanuel Adebayor recorded a superior finish rate, whilst no-one could match Llorente’s creative efforts.

For a reported £16 million, the Spaniard would represent a good piece of business.

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