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Tottenham Linked With This Ligue 1 Talisman – Case Of Too Many Cooks Spoiling The Broth?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

You need to be a special player to carry a whole club on your shoulders for years and Wissam Ben Yedder is definitely one of those gifted characters of the game. For six years running now, Toulouse has been a one-man army thanks to the individual heroics of the French forward but it is the ideal time to draw a line to that. The 25-year-old needs a bigger and better challenge now in his career and there won’t be any shortage of suitors for him given the quality he has shown in Ligue 1 over the years.

talkSPORT claim that both North London sides Spurs and Arsenal hold a stern interest in the Toulouse striker while The Mirror claims that West Ham are also looking for the signature of the 25-year-old. With three major London clubs interested in him, it will be a hard one to decide for the diminutive striker but Spurs are definitely on the back foot over their two London rivals.

It was crystal clear last season that Spurs missed a backup striker to Harry Kane. Not that the Englishman failed to deliver on the pitch but it’s too much to ask from him to deliver week in week out every single game. Pochettino needed to offer the English international a helping hand in attack and did exactly that with the signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar who made a name for himself last season in Eredivisie claiming the Golden Boot in the process.

Toulouse's French-Tunisian forward Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Angers (SCO) and Toulouse (TFC), on May 14, 2016 at the Jean Bouin Stadium, in Angers, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Toulouse’s French-Tunisian forward Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Angers (SCO) and Toulouse (TFC), on May 14, 2016 at the Jean Bouin Stadium, in Angers, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

With Janssen, Spurs have two gifted young strikers and both of them were the top scorers in their respective leagues last season. In the 4-2-3-1 Pochettino deploys, they don’t need a third striker unless there is a massive injury crisis at the club, something that’s unlikely considering how fit the duo of Kane and Janssen are. Even if they go for more depth, they should be going for someone who would not mind sitting on the bench. Ben Yedder deserves much beyond just languishing on the bench with the Lilywhites.

Ben Yedder is one of the most clinical forwards in French football right now having scored 70 goals in last four seasons in all competitions. He was the sole reason for Toulouse staying up in Ligue 1 last season. If the Frenchman opts for a move to West Ham, he could easily slot into the Hammers’ starting XI week in week out while at Arsenal also, he will get a decent amount of playing time providing competition to compatriot Giroud.

Ben Yedder surely needs to move out of Toulouse as early as possible for bigger challenges but moving to Spurs would not be the right decision at all from the Frenchman.

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