The emergence of Harry Kane last season certainly proved one of the standout components of the entire 2014/15 Premier League campaign. Whilst his form in front of goal may have initially come as a shock to the wider footballing community in general, the 22-year-old England international was certainly well received among the White Hart Lane faithful.
So then, with Manchester United reportedly interested in the young star before the culmination of the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur fans may have to become accustomed to losing their main man in the striking department sooner than most expected…
However, as Mauricio Pochettino has recently insisted that the towering centre-forward is simply going nowhere this summer, here are five other striking alternatives for Manchester United to consider…
In Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, the Red Devils have seemingly lined up another attacking target who has performed well in the Premier League at an impressively young age.
Manchester United’s interest in the big Belgian international may not have been all that extensive this summer, yet the former Chelsea youngster would likely nonetheless prove a fantastic new addition at Old Trafford should the chance arrive next season. With such a powerful asset on board, the Red Devils really could transform themselves into a much more dangerous outfit all round.
Alongside the likes of Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney throughout 2015/16, Romelu Lukaku could definitely replace the outgoing Robin van Persie to great effect. He would likely inject some much needed steel among the current strike-force at Old Trafford this season – but considering the hefty investment Everton made in the striker not so long ago – it ultimately remains unlikely that Roberto Martinez’ side would agree to such a deal in the first place.
Perhaps one of the most surprising names to emerge from this list arrives in the form of former Spanish international and current Juventus hitman, Fernando Llorente. Whilst he may not have set the Italian league alight during his time with The Old Lady, the Spaniard’s previous form with Athletic Bilbao nonetheless deserves some consideration from Louis van Gaal’s point of view.
Although he’s not the quickest centre-forward the European game has ever paid witness to, Llorente could still nonetheless prove a hit at Old Trafford via his impressive hold-up play in the final third and composed nature in front of goal. Manchester United’s reported interest therefore remains understandable, if albeit slightly curious at the same time…
However, seeing as the lofty Spaniard isn’t likely to command a first team role at Old Trafford any time soon, this particular move also remains a pretty hard one to imagine taking place in reality.
Whilst the recent World Cup winner and former teammate of Bastian Schweinsteiger doesn’t quite symbolise a like-for-like replacement for Harry Kane in the transfer market, Thomas Muller nonetheless represents someone who could really go far at a club like Manchester United.
After all, current Red Devils boss, Louis van Gaal, ultimately gave the determined German attacker his first run in the team at Bayern all those years ago – and although Muller’s somewhat stream-lined stature doesn’t make him the best fit for the Premier League on paper – his prowess in the goal-scoring department would certainly make up for anything he lacks in physicality.
Although prizing away two of Bayern Munich’s most prized assets in one summer may have to go down as a task too far for Louis van Gaal this month, Muller’s potential signing at Old Trafford would certainly be one for the entire Premier League to enjoy one way or another.
Another impressive talent who made an appearance in the World Cup final last summer comes in the form of Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain. Manchester United have reportedly been in for the striker throughout the summer transfer window, but at this stage in the game, such a deal still remains some way off from actually happening.
Nevertheless, Higuain is a fine striker who could certainly make things happen in the Premier League with the Red Devils. There may admittedly be stronger names on this list than the current Argentinean international, yet that doesn’t mean that the player himself is quite finished at the top level just yet.
Gonzalo Higuain however could represent too much of an immobile striker for Louis van Gaal to deal with next term. His potential availability this summer is certain to raise a fair amount of interest, but whether or not he remains the right man for Manchester United ultimately remains to be decided…
By far the most illustrious name on this particular list has to be the ever-formidable Karim Benzema. Manchester United have joined a whole host of other clubs in their reported interest in the striker, who could potentially raise the spirits in and around Old Trafford next season merely with his presence alone.
The physical Real Madrid front-man would seemingly take to the Premier League like a duck to water, should he complete a high profile move to England before the summer transfer window closes. Through a combination of his well known striking power, effective link-up play, and all-round tenacity in the final third – Manchester United fans certainly have reason to be excited over his proposed upcoming move to the English game for sure.
However, as the Emirates faithful are also hoping to see their club pull off the signing of Karim Benzema this summer, the Frenchman’s future ultimately remains to be decided at this current stage in the game.