Nuno Espirito Santo could have quite the selection headache on his hands if Tottenham get a deal for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez over the line.
Making a big name for himself at the San Siro following his move from Racing Club in his native Argentina back in 2018, it was confirmed on Sunday that Spurs had indeed agreed on a €60million (£50.9m) fee, which included numerous bonuses, for his services.
Previously linked with a summer move to Arsenal, the Lilywhites have nudged ahead of their rivals but the move is not so straightforward.
Having agreed on a fee with Inter for the frontman as the Italian’s look to bring in big money to help ease their financial woes, the Nerazzurri then came to an agreement with Chelsea for the sale of Romelu Lukaku for just shy of £100m.
As the move for the Belgian looks set to go through and hand Inter some much-needed money, that in turn has changed the landscape in regards to Martinez heading to N17 as they do not want to lose both their main strikers this summer.
football.london understands that the 23-year-old is keen on the move to join up with his international teammates Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero but Tottenham had not agreed personal terms with the player before things changed.
The decision is now in Inter’s hands, with the player’s agent, Alejandro Camano, stating that the striker is happy in Milan and wants to stay with Inter.
Tottenham fans are now keeping their fingers crossed that a deal does eventually come to fruition as it will give the side a rather eye-catching XI.
With Tottenham’s plan to pair Martinez alongside Harry Kane, it has left many supporters wondering how exactly they will line up in attack with Son Heung-min also a guaranteed starter under Espirito Santo?
So how exactly could Spurs line up with Martinez in the side? football.london takes a look.
A front two will very much be the case if Tottenham sign Martinez and decide to pair him up alongside Kane.
With many expecting Espirito Santo to operate with wing-backs as he did during his time at Wolves, he has so far opted against that at Tottenham.
A 3-5-2 system would work with Son playing just behind the duo, although 4-4-2 would be more likely as it appears he will go with a back four over the course of the season.
That would subsequently see Son operate from the left wing and he would be expected to do his bit defensively as well to help provide cover for Sergio Reguilon down the flank.
While one plus would be Kane and Martinez playing alongside each other, it wouldn’t exactly be the best system for the South Korean ace.
Espirito Santo has so far opted for a 4-3-3 formation in Spurs’ five pre-season friendlies and looks set to stick with it against Man City.
Playing with a front three would allow the trio to play alongside one another but it would also mean Martinez takes on a slightly different position.
Playing through the middle during his time at Inter, the Argentine has operated from the right on a couple of occasions when playing for Racing Club.
It may not be the attacker’s preferred role in the team and it would suit Son out of the two of them as it would allow him to continue playing from the left.
Spurs XI: Lloris; Tomiyasu, Romero, Rodon, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Alli; Martinez, Son, Kane
Another option would be to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation as it could see all three players profit.
While of course it wouldn’t be the standard two upfront which Spurs will more than likely use if Martinez comes through the door, both the Argentine and Kane can drop deeper if required.
Kane demonstrated last season that he is so much more than just a frontman as he contributed with 17 assists in all competitions and he could still achieve big numbers playing behind Martinez.
The pair could also switch positions and have the Inter ace playing slightly deeper as he did also chip in with 19 goals and 11 assists last season for the Serie A champions.
Son could then keep his place on the left of a three behind the striker, with one of Lucas Moura or Steven Bergwijn playing on the opposite flank.
Spurs XI: Lloris; Tomiyasu, Romero, Rodon, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp; Lucas, Kane, Son; Martinez
Source by Football London