Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for Lazio striker Ciro Immobile during the summer transfer window, and with Harry Kane struggling for form and with the Italian scoring for his side in the Europa League on Thursday night, Daniel Levy should have taken a big-money risk on the 28-year-old.
Well, The Mirror reported back in April that Spurs were lining up a £100m double swoop on Lazio for duo Sergey Milinkovic-Savic and Immobile, rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, and that the funds for any potential deal could come from selling the likes of Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld during the summer.
However, the trio – along with teammates like Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama – all remained with the north London outfit, as they failed to make a single addition to their squad before the window slammed shut on August 9.
While Mauricio Pochettino’s men got off to a decent enough start to the current campaign, three straight losses for the first time since the Argentine took charge of Tottenham – and a number of their players looking a shadow of their former selves following the 2018 World Cup – mean they are really struggling right now.
The Italy international showed the goalscoring ability he has with 41 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for Lazio last term, and while he may only have two in five outings so far this season – including the winner from the penalty spot against Apollon Limassol on Thursday – there is no doubt he would have made a difference for Tottenham.
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Kane is showing signs of fatigue following his exploits for England in Russia, and Levy and Pochettino failed to find a suitable alternative to the Three Lions captain during the summer window with Fernando Llorente far from an able back-up.
Immobile would have been exactly that, and even if he came at a cost Spurs should have splashed the cash on the 28-year-old, and they would be in a much better position right now if they had.