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Is This Versatile Attacker The Right Backup For Harry Kane At Tottenham Hotspur?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Tottenham Hotspur have a specific wishlist for their transfer target as Mauricio Pochettino has a strong starting XI and only needs to improve on particular positions in the squad. This has seen him linked with some intriguing players in recent times and one such player who is constantly linked with a move to the London club is Bournemouth star, Joshua King.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, King revealed that he is flattered by the link to Spurs but said that he would be happy if he stays back at the Dean Court next season. So should the Spurs look to prise him away this summer?

King is a versatile player who can play in any of the three attacking positions. Though he has the ability to lead the attacking line for his side, he is more adept at playing as a second striker, a role that has suited him under Eddie Howe.

With 16 goals and two assists in 36 games for the English club, King was in excellent goalscoring form last season and has been on the radar of the London club for quite a while now. A gifted dribbler with decent ball control, King is a lethal finisher, who knows his way to the goal from most parts of the attacking half.

He is a disciplined player who sticks to his task and does not try anything fancy, but he has the ability to make things happen in the final third as he has shown in the previous season and he could be the solution to the Spurs’ problems in attack next season especially in backup.

Pochettino has used Harry Kane as the first choice striker and his exploits in front of goal will make sure that he retains his place in the first team next season. However, the Spurs have little, world-class backup for him in the first team, with neither Vincent Janssen nor Heung-Min Son showing enough consistency.

The Spurs need a player who can walk into the first team when needed and add a different dynamic to the attack and King, with his busy play, can be the right man for Pochettino to add to his squad for the next season.

With 28 appearances for the national side and experience of playing for clubs like Manchester United and Borussia Monchengladbach, the 25-year old is an experienced player and could solve the problems for Spurs, in the attack, in the long term.

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