Tottenham Hotspur could be in the unenviable position of needing a new centre-forward this summer.
Spurs have been the envy of the Premier League for many years, with England captain Harry Kane leading the line.
However, the 27-year-old is on the lookout for a new challenge and has openly admitted he will be evaluating his options this summer as he thinks about his future in the game, having so far won nothing while at Spurs apart from personal accolades.
Kane became the first man to win both the Golden Boot and the Playmaker Award (for the most assists in a season) in the same campaign this year.
And he will command a huge transfer fee if he does leave, with chairman Daniel Levy set to demand upwards of £150million to take him away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
If he does leave, who could Spurs replace him with? We take a look at the candidates.
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Moved to Eintracht Frankfurt last summer for £3million, scored 27 Bundesliga goals (21 without penalties) this season while registering seven assists, ranking 11th in Europe’s top five leagues for goals + assists – penalties per 90. Contracted until 2023, the Portuguese shoots around 3.5 times per 90, is around 6ft tall and scored all of his goals inside the penalty box this season, less of an all-rounder compared to Kane.
Club: Real Sociedad
Less of a readymade replacement but has a high potential ceiling, which could lead a gradual Spurs rebuild. He’s 21 years-old, Swedish, but is contracted until 2024. He left Dortmund for Real Sociedad in the summer of 2019 for just £6million. Physically impressive standing around 6ft 4ins, he scored 16 La Liga goals this season, making him the fifth top scorer in La Liga excluding penalties. Scores with both feet and is capable in the air.
Scored a standout 26 goals in the Championship on loan at Aston Villa in the 2018/19 season, scored 18 goals and registered a further three assists for Chelsea last season.
He’s English, but his development has been derailed during a turbulent season at Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard and preferred to hand more regular minutes to the club’s new summer forwards like Timo Werner. Has plenty of traits desirable in a forward like being tall – standing at an imposing 6ft 3in – having a high work rate and a willingness to press without the ball while also being happy to make laborious piercing runs deep into channels or behind a defensive line.
Club: RB Salzburg
Tasked with filling the void left by Erling Haaland following his departure from RB Salzburg to Dortmund in January of last year, he did so excellently and finished the season with 24 goals in 31 league appearances and he surpassed that this season by netting 27.
When you throw in matches in Europe and domestic cups too, then that goal total rises to an extraordinary 34 plus five assists, his impressive goal tally breaks down to a remarkable 1.08 goals per 90 and comfortably blows his Expected Goals (xG) average of 0.89 out the water, he’s perhaps a little rawer than Kane and he doesn’t possess the same physical profile but he’s still a powerful and quick striker who can give any defence a difficult afternoon.
Source by Football London