Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Fabio Paratici could be on the verge of making his biggest mistake yet since his arrival from Juventus in June…
According to football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, the north London outfit are very unlikely to sign a striker before tonight’s deadline in what would be a blow to Nuno Santo and his plans.
“At this stage, understand Nuno and Paratici have decided that they will not look to sign another striker today after missing out on their top two targets,” the ever-reliable journalist tweeted.
It’s thought that Spurs had been looking at top-level forwards regularly throughout the summer – to not only partner Harry Kane but in the eventuality that he does leave in the future.
They had held talks with Fiorentina over a move for Dusan Vlahovic, whilst an agreement was struck with Inter Milan for marksman Lautaro Martinez before Romelu Lukaku’s move to Chelsea scuppered those plans.
Indeed, earlier in the summer transfer window, the Lilywhites also targeted Danny Ings, who has since joined Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
The Telegraph claimed that the Portuguese head coach was keen to switch Spurs’ system to a two-man attack and would’ve liked an experienced striker to partner the England international.
Failure to deliver on his wishes will be a gutting setback to the manager’s long-term plans and attempts to bring success back to N17.
It also means that Kane remains his only out-and-out senior centre-forward heading into what appears to be a very busy campaign after they qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
We’ve been in this predicament before, under Jose Mourinho. Kane was struck down with an injury heading into January 2020 and Spurs soon slipped down the Premier League standings and were knocked out of the FA Cup by soon-to-be relegated Norwich City, as well as the Champions League by RB Leipzig.
The 28-year-old contributed to 54.4% of all of Spurs’ league goals last term, so that only goes to show just how crucial he will be to Nuno throughout the season.
However, without a back-up – or that partner the Portuguese boss desperately wanted – Paratici may have just let the Lilywhites down for the first time.
Should Kane get injured or the potential switch in system not work out, then the Italian may well have made his biggest mistake yet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.