Tottenham Hotspur reportedly want Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Tottenham Hotspur have one of the top strikers in the world in Harry Kane, but Mauricio Pochettino may still be looking for one more forward in January.
Spurs rely heavily on Kane, and even more so having let Fernando Llorente leave over the summer whilst promoting teenager Troy Parrott to a first-team role.
The Daily Mail claimed in August that Pochettino was ‘concerned’ by the lack of a target man at the club, seemingly feeling that Llorente hadn’t been replaced with another physical forward.
That may cause Pochettino to look for another centre forward despite his side’s defensive struggles, and Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta appears to be a target once again.
Back in 2016, Spurs wanted to land Mateta from Lyon, but Franck Belhassen – one of Mateta’s representatives – told Foot Mercato that the striker didn’t want to move abroad, and Spurs had other priorities anyway.
Now, Main-Spitze carry claims from the Sport-BILD magazine that Pochettino has made contact with another of his representatives, Pierre-Henri Bovis, in an attempt to secure his signature ahead of Southampton.
Mateta did move abroad in 2018, joining Mainz in a club-record deal, and he proved great value for money having hit 14 goals last season. Currently out injured with a torn meniscus, Mateta signed a new deal with Mainz over the summer, and won’t be a cheap signing given his age and his impressive skillset, given that he’s a powerhouse striker who has a great turn of pace.
Tottenham fans have been taking to Twitter to react, with some merely mocking another rumour that involves Pochettino getting on the phone to try and sign a player; those have become quite common.
Some believe that Mateta would be a ‘class’ signing and help Kane whilst taking some pressure off Parrott, though others think that signing another striker would be confusing given the issues at the other end of the pitch.
Poch’s phone bill must be astronomical, it’s no wonder spurs having a poor start to the season he’s never off his bloody phone— Robert Michael Davis (@RobertM51726029) October 16, 2019
He’s back on his phone boys pic.twitter.com/3Tis3ey9Zh— Spoooooooky (@DaveCharging) October 16, 2019
This is the person who personally called Dybala and Coutinho, don’t hold your breath.— Jon Humphrey (@JonHumphrey4) October 16, 2019
Levy’s going to put Poch on a Pay As You Go plan soon with all these personal calls.— Riley (@LRiley685) October 16, 2019
why do we need another striker?— ＣＪ (@TantalzngTanguy) October 16, 2019
does Pochettino realise we have Lucas sitting on the bench? https://t.co/pdoSxivwNt
We better be doing bits in the January window is all I got to say— Josh Lewis (@J_koury22) October 16, 2019
Yes please https://t.co/Ff6iMJme4x— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) October 16, 2019
I’d rather he continued to blood Parrott.— James Forbes (@JamesForbes72) October 16, 2019
Should try him ,Parrot too young— Ting Yik Hay (@YikHay) October 16, 2019
Yes please, cheap Llorente replacement. Better feet and much more agile, should try and nab him in January— OA (@osaemiahonsi) October 16, 2019
Would be class— M4 – #LevyOut (@THFC_M4) October 16, 2019
We do, I honestly believe kane could turn into a number 10 soon— Kieren Flanagan (@KierenFlanagan) October 16, 2019
Confusing since it’s not one of the positions where we lack talent.— Manny (@Mannythfc) October 16, 2019