In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Hull City footballer Dean Windass has made a claim regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of signing Diego Costa.
The Spanish striker is currently available on a free transfer, having been released by Atletico Madrid recently, and it was suggested that following his departure, Tottenham Hotspur could be one of the sides interested in the former Chelsea man, who has scored 181 goals during his career thus far.
The 32-year-old has enjoyed a lot of success in the Premier League before, contributing 52 goals and 18 assists in 89 appearances in the top-flight during his time with the Blues.
He was extremely impressive when working under Jose Mourinho in 2014/15 Premier League season, as he managed 20 goals and three assists in 26 top-flight appearances, so he clearly enjoys working under the Portuguese manager.
Here’s what Windass had to say about Spurs potentially signing Costa when speaking exclusively to Football FanCast:
“The trouble is, he would say – ‘I wouldn’t want to go to Tottenham because I know that Harry Kane is going to be the main striker.’ So does he want to go there and be a bit-part player or does he want to go and play for the two/three years left of his career in the Premier League?”
Considering Harry Kane’s sensational start to the season, it does seem unlikely that Costa would want to join Spurs, as he is unlikely to be a regular starter in the Spurs side.
Although he could perhaps perform a Plan B, target man role similar to the one Fernando Llorente did under Mauricio Pochettino, the Spanish forward would surely demand regular first-team football at this point of his career.
As well as this, JoseMourinho has Carlos Vinicius waiting in the wings as Kane’s back-up, and with the Brazilian grabbing a hat-trick in his last game, even if it was against eighth-tier Marine, he has shown that if Spurs ever need to bring on another striker to accompany or replace Kane, then could be the man to provide a threat.
Therefore, as Windass suggests, it is difficult to see Costa joining Spurs as a free-agent anytime soon, as he will surely be hoping to be a first-team regular wherever he ends up.