Whilst the 2015/16 Premier League campaign has certainly served to captivate us English football fans – considering the sheer audacity of Leicester City and their increasingly impressive stance in this year’s title-race – rumours surrounding the upcoming summer transfer window nonetheless remain in full swing at the moment, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal expected to be making great headway in the not too distant future.
The two sides have admittedly been linked with several high profile stars from across the European footballing scene, but as Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi has seemingly become the latest big name target to grab the interest of the north London rivals, it seems as if both Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger could well be turning their attention to the Ligue 1 hot-shot sooner rather than later…
So then, with the summer transfer period waiting patiently on the horizon, which Premier League outfit needs the services of Batshuayi the most next season – Tottenham or Arsenal?
Well, although Spurs have certainly looked in fine shape of late, Pochettino’s side are arguably one key injury away from seeing their entire striking situation fall into complete disarray.
The likes of Heung-min Son and Clinton N’Jie indeed offer Tottenham Hotspur a range of impressive attacking options, but as neither player represents an orthodox replacement for the in-form Harry Kane, Spurs should arguably look to secure another recognised centre-forward as soon as is physically possible.
Pochettino’s ambitious outfit have been a tad fortuitous this season truth be told, for if Kane had been struck down by a lengthy spell on the sidelines Tottenham probably wouldn’t be sitting so comfortably among the upper echelons of the English top-flight.
Yet whilst a player of Batshuayi’s emerging quality would certainly be well received at White Hart Lane over the coming summer months, their north London rivals at the Emirates are arguably in greater need of some added fire-power ahead of 2016/17.
For one reason or another, the somewhat unfortunate figure of Olivier Giroud has never been unanimously welcomed by Gunners fans, and whilst the often hollow notion of ‘growing potential’ seemingly follows the likes of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, neither player represents anything close to a world-class option.
Arsene Wenger’s hesitation to spend big on a guaranteed goalscorer has been a thorn in the club’s side for a few seasons now. Most Gunners supporters have been calling out for a well-established centre-forward to be introduced at their club ever since Robin van Persie left for Manchester United back in 2012, so perhaps it’s high time the Emirates hierarchy finally pulled their finger out and listened to what the fans have to say.
When it comes to sending the ball home in often composed style, linking up effectively with his team-mates in and around the final third and simply providing his respective manager with a real handful up-top for the majority of most 90 minutes, Batshuayi is a player certainly worthy of attention.
If Arsenal could possibly compliment the powerful Belgian’s potential signing with a few more shrewd moves in the transfer market this upcoming summer, then perhaps Wenger will have finally crafted a squad worthy enough of making some meaningful headway throughout the 2016/17 campaign.
Yet, if Pochettino and his ever determined Spurs outfit are to have their own say on the matter, then the task of luring Michy Batshuayi successfully to Arsenal next term will prove easier said than done.