Mertens performance on global stage should ignite Tottenham Hotspur interest

Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of attacking talent in their squad, but if they want to move up to the next level, they require strength in depth.

Earlier this year, the North London outfit were linked with a swoop for Napoli star Dries Mertens.

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This particular nugget of transfer speculation has gone cold, but the attacker’s performance for Belgium in their opening fixture against Panama at the World Cup, may have peaked the club’s interest once again.

If it hasn’t, then the Premier League outfit should definitely take note.

The 31-year-old, who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, scored a stunning goal in his nation’s 3-0 victory over their Group G opponents.

It was the first hit of the bunch as Mertens struck on the volley in the 47th minute, but he contributed more than just the goal.

Dries Mertens stats v Panama

The former PSV player matched Eden Hazard for most shots created during the contest, and he also turned provider by delivering a handful of crosses into the danger area.

In a team that possessed the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Hazard, the Napoli star also thrived on an individual level.

Mertens may not fit in exactly with the youth model that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has in place, but he would certainly add to what is already a prolific bunch.