Spurs may have another Roberto Soldado-sized flop on their hands if they push through a summer deal for Porto’s Jackson Martinez, according to South American football expert Tim Vickery.
The London club have been heavily linked with the Colombia international of late, with manager Mauricio Pochettino thought to be eyeing a new goal-getter.
And with the 28-year-old having revealed that he’s ready to leave Portuguese football at the end of the season, a summer move is an option.
Martinez is currently one of European football’s most feared marksmen, with his 85 goals in 120 Porto appearances since his 2012 arrival a fearsome record.
However, even though he boasts a good tally and is highly-rated, Vickery – who is a South American football expert – believes that the hit-man could turn out to be a flop, as £26m 2013 arrival Roberto Soldado has been:
“He is an out-and-out goalscorer, but he doesn’t do a great deal else,” he told talkSPORT.
“Tottenham are one of the clubs that have looked at him and Spurs fans might be a little bit scarred with the word ‘Soldado’, because he is that kind of player.
“You give him enough chances in the box and he’ll attack them, whether that be on his left or right foot or in the air.
“But he doesn’t do a great deal, other than putting the ball in the net, so if he’s not doing that you’re not getting much else.
“And at the age his is now, there’s no real sell-on value for him either.”