The standard that Tottenham must look to sign

Gonzalo Higuain, Tottenham Hotspur

The prospect of Tottenham Hotspur making an approach for a Real Madrid player will make some wholly uneasy given the speculation that’s surrounded Gareth Bale’s future in regards to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

But within this morning’s recent reports that the club are monitoring the hazy future of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain at the club, the sheer stardust of this particular rumour has led many in the white half of north London to stand up and take notice.

Following the Metro’s lead, quotes attributed to Madrid general manager Jose Angel Sanchez have suggested that the 25-year-old may well be on his way out of the club this summer.

“In a great club like Real, we believe we need two number nines of a high level,” he said.

“We have Benzema and Higuain, Higuain will leave, Benzema will stay and two others will come.”

With rumours suggesting a highly controversial £50million swoop for cross-city rivals’ Atletico Madrid’s star asset Radamel Falcao already in agreement, there is a school of thought that should Real look to bring in the Colombian, either Higuain or Karim Benzema must look to make way, Judging by Sanchez’s recent sentiments, the omens most certainly don’t look too good for Higuain.

With Spurs in desperate need of a new striker at White Hart Lane and with their rather mysterious ‘partnership agreement’ with Real yet to be tested, a potential switch to N17 may not be quite as far fetched as some may think.

While competition would sure to be fierce for the former-River Plate man’s signature, although any potential deal may well hinge on the club’s ability to secure Champions League football, make no mistake about it; this is the calibre of player that Tottenham should be looking to bring to the club.

It’s around this time of year that the transfer rumour mill really begins to kick into gear and along with it usually arises the annual debate upon Daniel Levy’s transfer policy at the club.

Although the club’s steady rise to prominence owes a lot more than simply the Essex-born businessman’s steely and often cutthroat approach to business, the general consensus is that for however begrudging some of the more painful deals have been over the years, that Levy’s way usually tends to be the right one.

Yet in recent times, while supporters are mindful of the limited resources the club have to play with and for the need to run a tight financial ship in regards to getting their Northumberland Development Project off the ground, there have been frustrations aimed primarily at the ambition of the club over the last two windows.

Marquee names don’t always equate to guaranteed success, but with Villas-Boas’ craving the likes of Joao Moutinho, Willian and Leandro Damiao at the club, Spurs’ failure to make a deal stick for any of the aforementioned has given off a series of mixed signals for some.

In the case of both Moutinho and Damiao, third-party issues most certainly played their part. But the decision to leave both deals until deadline day in two consecutive windows left some quarters questioning Levy’s commitment to the deals.

The money was of course subsequently invested elsewhere and for as much as fans would have loved to see Moutinho grace the White Hart Lane pitch; Mousa Dembele has hardly proved a bungling failure. Indeed, the Belgian’s success is living evidence that throwing inflated amounts of money at a problem isn’t necessarily the only way to solve it.

Yet although no one could guarantee the success of a Joao Moutinho or any other foreign import into this league for that matter, the Portuguese represents the standard of player whom truly belongs at the very top level. And if that’s the level in which Spurs wish to achieve, then this is the sort of player they need to be looking to purchase.

Does this mean that Levy should start sanctioning £20million deals left, right and center in order to achieve the club’s goals? Not by any stretch of the imagination, no. But for as astute as Tottenham must be run from a financial means, the bids for both Moutinho and Damiao certainly suggest the money is there should the right player come along. And this summer, with the club in such dire need of a centre forward, if that warchest truly does exist, then now is the time to wheel it out.

Given QPR’s recent relegation, although competition would again be fierce, Spurs could well be the frontrunners to secure the services of one Loic Remy.

With a cut-price deal surely beckoning, the Frenchman’s recent run of five goals in ten starts suggest he has what it takes to cut it in this league and given his price and at 26, potential capacity to recoup money in a resale, he is the archetypal Levy signing.

But while he may prove a decent bit of business, Remy hasn’t won a premier European title before. Nor has he proven himself in the Champions League over a number of seasons, as he also doesn’t boast over a century of goals for one of the world’s biggest football clubs. Gonzalo Higuain however, is a man that fills all of the aforementioned criteria.

Again, this isn’t to say that the Argentine would be the answer to all of Spurs’ problems, that he isn’t without weaknesses or that he’d even necessarily be a shoo-in to join the club.

But if Tottenham really want to craft a side capable of qualifying for the Champions League every season and dare you say even push on further, signing Higuain is far more in line with their ambitions then snapping up Remy this summer. Quite whether Levy hands Villas-Boas the tools on a plateau with his targets however, remains to be seen.

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