Dortmund's Spanish forward Paco Alcacer sits on the bench during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Cologne in Dortmund, on January 24, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

According to Bild’s Christian Falk, Tottenham Hotspur have identified Paco Alcacer as an alternative, should their pursuit of Willian Jose fail. The Borussia Dortmund star has an uncertain future at the club following the arrival of Erling Haaland, and a move away from Signal Iduna Park could be on the horizon. But, is he the right choice by Jose Mourinho?

Alcacer’s spell at Borussia Dortmund

Alcacer joined Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018, in a season-long loan deal from FC Barcelona. He enjoyed a stellar start to his Bundesliga career, scoring 18 goals in 26 matches. His performances in goal helped Dortmund pose a strong challenge to Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title, with the Black and Yellows notably losing by just two points.

It also convinced Dortmund to sign Alcacer permanently, for a fee of just €21 million. However, the striker has endured a difficult season so far. Injuries have stifled his progress while coach Lucien Favre has also appeared reluctant on using him in the starting lineup, often opting for Marco Reus in the false nine role.

And following the arrival of Haaland, who has already netted five goals in his first two Bundesliga matches, Alcacer’s future at Dortmund appear to be non-existent at the moment.

What can he bring to this Tottenham side?

Alcacer has shown incredible finishing prowess during his time at Dortmund. The Spaniard has been quick to sniff chances and has duly converted those chances. As a result, the ex-Barcelona star notched up as many as 26 goals in just 47 competitive matches for the German giants.

This could certainly help the Tottenham attack. Following the injury of Harry Kane, the offensive duo of Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min have appeared quite sloppy in front of the goal. It is a reason why Spurs have scored only six goals in seven competitive matches since the turn of the year.

Alcacer, in that regard, should be able to provide that added bite in the Tottenham attack. His lethal finishing, coupled with his ability to be at the right place at the right time, could make Spurs more effective going forward.

However, the Spaniard must retain his consistency if he is to become a success in the Premier League. Not to mention, he often appears sloppy in terms of his decision making in the final third. But in hindsight, Alcacer’s technical prowess, coupled with his goalscoring traits, should improve Tottenham Hotspur as a team.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.