Tottenham Hotspur not only have a new no.9 but they have finally found a back-up to industrious talisman Harry Kane for the first time in over a year.
Daniel Levy delivered more than he could ever imagine with no fewer than six fresh additions, namely a shock return for Spurs legend Gareth Bale as well as signing Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius on loan with an option to buy.
There were an unholy amount of forwards linked with a move to north London throughout the summer transfer window, ranging from the absurd in Southampton’s Danny Ings to the obscure in RB Leipzig sensation Patson Daka.
Not to mention Alexander Sorloth, Troy Deeney, Bas Dost, Andrea Belotti, Habib Diallo and many more as listed here by Football.London.
But perhaps adding yet another option to Mourinho’s frontline is something the club should consider.
It’s been nearly seven years since Spurs had an array of dangerously-looking striking options and given Kane is going into a European Championship next summer on the back of an already-congested campaign, Vinicius may not be enough.
Mourinho could take a page out of Harry Redknapp’s book and load up on attackers in January, which according to Sky Sports he could well be planning to do with them claiming that the north Londoners could reignite their interest in Arkadiusz Milik.
Gianluca Di Marzio said: “He’s entered the final year of his contract and Tottenham could sign him on a pre-contract agreement in January, so wait another three months and get him for free the following summer.”
A move like this would certainly bring shades of the Redknapp era back to N17 as during the 2008/09 season, the former Spurs boss could call upon as many as five players in the role – Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent.
Whilst a little over two seasons later, the club added Emmanuel Adebayor, Peter Crouch and Louis Saha to the remaining duo of Pavlyuchenko and Defoe.
Even earlier in Andre Villas-Boas’ reign, he had Clint Dempsey to play second fiddle to the likes of Adebayor and Defoe.
Milik on a pre-contract agreement could be one of Levy’s smartest pieces of business in recent times. Transfermarkt value the 26-year-old at £28.8m whilst last season, he scored 14 goals in 35 appearances despite being in and out of the team.
If there’s anything of Redknapp’s reign he should replicate, then it should absolutely be this.
AND in other news, Spurs may have just made one catastrophic mistake…