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Tottenham Hotspur Offered The Chance To Sign Leicester City Ace: Should Mourinho Go For It?

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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.

According to ESPN, Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign Islam Slimani. The Leicester City striker, who was on loan to AS Monaco, is believed to be one of the potential options for Jose Mourinho as he looks to find a back-up option for Harry Kane. He is not the only option however, as Spurs have also been linked with the return of Fernando Llorente.

Islam Slimani’s Redemption At AS Monaco

Slimani has been one of the key members behind Monaco’s resurgence in Ligue 1. Although the French giants are still yet to re-establish themselves as one of Europe’s top clubs, the Algerian played a key role as the club finished in the top half of the league table.

Indeed, Slimani scored as many as nine goals in 16 league matches for Monaco this past season. Needless to say, he was one of the most productive players at the club as he also bagged seven assists. The veteran striker was a bit unlucky with a few niggles while the success of Wissam Ben Yedder did also minimise his game-time to an extent.

Broadly, however, Slimani was a success at Monaco, having been involved in 16 goals in 16 matches. He has now returned to Leicester City, although he doesn’t seem to have any future at King Power Stadium as Brendan Rodgers looks to find other alternatives.

Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign Islam Slimani - A success at Monaco.
Monaco’s Algerian forward Islam Slimani celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco and Montpellier on February 14, 2020 at Louis II stadium in Monaco. (Photo by YANN COATSALIOU / AFP) (Photo by YANN COATSALIOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Why Tottenham Should Sign Slimani This Summer

Slimani can be a potential answer to Tottenham Hotspur’s problems in the number nine department. Although the striker has never really been able to perform in the Premier League during his time at Leicester City, he has shown a lot of quality of late and given his international status; he is capable of thriving under Jose Mourinho.

Indeed, the 32-year-old’s robust style of play that revolves around aerial prowess and a predatory scoring instinct should enable the Spurs manager to utilise him as a proper number nine. Slimani notably won almost three-headed duels per game during the 2019/20 Ligue 1 campaign.

From a tactical perspective, therefore, the Leicester City man could provide Mourinho with much more tactical flexibility. But more importantly, he will offer Tottenham with a reliable alternative for Harry Kane, whose injury has sometimes left the club quite shallow in the goalscoring department.

Slimani could be a cost-effective option as well as the striker’s current contract expires at the end of next season. It should bode well for a Tottenham side that are struggling financially due to Covid-19.

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