Spurs’ inability to find a new striker in January came back to bite them in rather ironic fashion on Saturday lunchtime.
Tottenham failed to get the better of Chelsea and in the process, January target Olivier Giroud got on the score sheet.
It was typical that a Spurs side missing both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min had to witness the French forward finding the back of the net while their attack misfired.
Steven Bergwijn was afforded the luxury of leading the line but largely failed in his task. The new arrival didn’t have a single shot on target as they were left wanting in the final third.
A back-up option is exactly what Spurs will need in the summer and it’s been reported that the club have watched Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy in action.
West Ham supposedly lead the race to sign the forward for £20m so Spurs may have to offer him a lucrative pay packet in order to convince him to make the move to north London, rather than the east end.
The 23-year-old currently has eight goals and one assist in 22 Ligue 1 outings this season so isn’t the most clinical of forwards. However, he’d give Jose Mourinho’s team something completely new. The Frenchman would also offer them a different dynamic and plan B when it comes to how they play their football.
As can be seen in the graphic above, Guirassy is a colossal presence in the air and has won as many as three aerial duels in a single game on six occasions.
His most impressive feat was winning a massive 13 aerial battles in one appearance, a 2-1 defeat for Amiens against Nantes.
The high numbers in the graphic show just how big an influence he has when the ball isn’t on the deck, and as Spurs know, this is a vital aspect to have.
You only need to look at the impact Fernando Llorente had last season. He was brought on late in games to make a nuisance of himself and he did it to devastating effect in the Champions League, winning four aerial duels per match.
The 35-year-old scored against both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City during the club’s run to the final, demonstrating the importance of having an alternative to Kane.
So far this term, Guirassy has won 4.1 aerial duels. That’s a higher tally than anyone in the current set up at Tottenham. The highest number won by any Spurs player is 2.9, a tally held by Ben Davies. Kane, meanwhile, wins 2.8 per outing.
It’s clear that Mourinho would unearth a different option by landing the striker.
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