Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told The Telegraph that Raul Jimenez was the only big striker to impress over the weekend.
Spurs drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Friday night, as Steven Bergwijn’s opener was cancelled out by a Bruno Fernandes penalty.
Tottenham really faded in the second half, and will be hoping for much better when they take on London rivals West Ham United this evening.
Spurs will be looking for a sharper Harry Kane in attack. The striker played for the first time since New Year’s Day, and looked way short of his best.
That’s understandable; after almost than six months out, it would have been unfair to expect miracles from Kane, but some were still disappointed.
On Monday, Mourinho defended Kane. He told The Telegraph that the likes of Roberto Firmino, Anthony Martial and Jamie Vardy were all disappointing over the weekend, and they had less time off than Kane without having to recover from an injury.
The one player Mourinho mentioned in a positive manner was Wolves hitman Jimenez, but even then, Mourinho said that he thinks the Mexican star is better than what he showed in the 2-0 win over West Ham.
“Firmino, Mane – Salah was maybe injured or on the bench – Martial, Ighalo, Vardy, go from club to club and tell me which one arrived and exploded with the game. I don’t remember one. (Raul) Jimenez scored a good goal, but I think Nuno (Espirito Santo) will not be upset if I say I think Jimenez is better than that,” he added.
Two months ago, Soccer Link reported that Jimenez is a top target for Spurs this summer, viewing him as a candidate to compete with Harry Kane.
It’s clear that Mourinho thinks highly of Jimenez, hence his comments of expecting even more from him. He would surely love to have a player like Jimenez at Tottenham, but with the budget hit by the global pandemic, such a move seems hard to imagine this summer.