Maximilian Philipp has had a huge impact under Christian Streich
If there was such thing as a prototype Tottenham Hotspur signing, Maximilian Philipp would not be far off.
A clever, creative and versatile forward with an eye for goal and plenty of room to improve at the age of just 23, it's little surprise that Bild claim Spurs were willing to pay £17.5 million to bring him to England this summer.
And Philipp would have been right at home at White Hart Lane; an excellent dribbler who netted nine Bundesliga goals last season to help newly-promoted Freiburg qualify for Europe. However, according to Bild, German giants Borussia Dortmund are on the verge of nabbing Germany's latest fresh-faced fad from under their noses.
Though perhaps Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should perhaps turn his attentions to another Freiburg hotshot this summer. After all, Florian Niederlechner outscored Philipp in 2016/17, top scoring with 11 goals for Christian Streich's overachieving side.
The 26-year-old may not possess the agility or the lightning speed of his diminutive strike partner but Niederlechner is the sort of player Spurs have been looking out for.
Don't let his 6ft 1ins frame fool you, Niederlechner is no limited targetman. Instead, he combines natural physicality with impressive technical ability.
Florian Niederlechner helped Freiburg punch above their weight
The forward, who arrived last summer on loan from Mainz, is an excellent runner with the ball and an impressive link man though it's his eye for goal which stood out last season. Comfortable on either foot, Neiderlechner is an excellent poacher with the ability to power through defences before unleashing an emphatic finish.
He's certainly a more well-rounded forward than Vincent Janssen, the Dutchman claiming he is 'keeping his options open' as speculation intensifies over a summer exit after one disastrous season in England, The Express reports.
Tottenham's Vincent Janssen netted just one Premier League goal from open play
And a surprise swoop could be exactly what Pochettino needs after missing out on his Freiburg strike-partner.
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