According to a recent report by French news outlet Foot Mercato, Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a potential move for Wolves’ Mexican international centre-forward Raul Jimenez this summer. The report suggests Jose Mourinho is in search of reinforcements in the attacking role, and that he views the Wolves man as a good option, irrespective of whether or not Harry Kane is still a Tottenham player at the start of next season.
The Spurs backroom team are said to be keen on strengthening their front-line by adding more numbers, and that’s certainly not the only cause that signing Jimenez would serve. It is suggested in the report that the Mexican striker’s entourage has already been contacted to make sure that the interest from North London is known. Although Mourinho is said to be keen, Spurs will find out their allocated transfer budget for the summer only once the season resumes, after which they will decide as to whether moving for Jimenez is feasible.
What Has The Tottenham Attacking Situation Been This Season?
One of the most significant differences between the Spurs of last year and this time around is the fact that Mauricio Pochettino has now left the club, and has been replaced by former Premier League winner Jose Mourinho. Despite the good start they displayed under the former Chelsea manager, it must be conceded that the Portuguese manager’s life at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been far from comfortable. If the injury to Heung-Min Son wasn’t bad enough, Spurs lost their main man – Harry Kane, through a long-term knock around the midway point of the season.
The Englishman’s injury came as a monstrous blow to Mourinho’s plans, as the London club, even today, do not possess a realistic second-choice centre-forward within their ranks. Although the Portuguese manager experimented with both Lucas Moura and Dele Alli in the central role, there’s no denying that they were never going to be anywhere near as good as Kane. The Englishman’s future is one of the many at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that is currently up in the air, and if he does end up leaving, finding a replacement would become a necessity.
What Would Raul Jimenez Add To This Tottenham Side?
The Mexican international striker was acquired from Benfica on an initial loan deal by Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo, after which the Premier League club paid his transfer fee and secured the attacker’s services on a permanent basis. Despite not being in the limelight all the time, Jimenez has undoubtedly been one of the most potent goalscorers in the league over the last two seasons.
His work-rate and movement up-front are second to none, while the fact that the 28-year-old has scored 13 goals from 29 appearances this season will also come as strong motivation for Spurs to get this deal over the line.
Why Jose Must Push To Get This Deal Done In The Summer?
The North London outfit finished last season as the runners-up in the Champions League, after an extremely lacklustre display in the final against Liverpool. Despite putting in good performances all through the campaign until that point, the Lilywhites seemed to absolutely bottle things at the final obstacle.
The addition of a naturally gifted goalscorer who also works hard off the ball for the sake of the team could help move this Spurs side in the right direction. That’s why signing Jimenez should surely be one of Mourinho’s priorities for the summer.