By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Stan Collymore has claimed that Tottenham should have signed Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani this summer instead of Vincent Janssen.
Spurs signed Dutch striker Janssen from AZ Alkmaar for £18million as manager Mauricio Pochettino reinforced a front line that was heavily reliant on Harry Kane last season.
But broadcaster and pundit Collymore has said that the London giants should have set their sights even higher and aimed for a player who would have added a new dimension to their front line.
Collymore said Higuain, who moved from Napoli to Juventus for £78million this summer, or Paris Saint-Germain’s Cavani would have given Spurs the impetus they need as well as eased the burden on Kane.
The England international, who topped the Premier League goal charts with 25 goals last season, has followed up a disappointing Euro 2016 by scoring just one goal in Tottenham’s first five matches of the new campaign.
“I lay the blame for Kane’s lack of freshness with Spurs, because they could – and should – have splashed the cash to sign a world-renowned centre-forward to complement him by now,” Collymore wrote in his Sunday Mirror column.
“This summer, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy knew he had the added revenue from the Champions League and a third-place finish in the Premier League, so why he didn’t shell out for such as Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani is beyond me.
“I know Higuain moved from Napoli to Juventus for a king’s ransom and that it would have taken a similar sum to get Cavani out of Paris Saint-Germain. But landing a striker of their standing would have been win-win for Tottenham and for Kane.
“Signing a Higuain or a Cavani would have taken some of the pressure off and afforded him the odd break that most, if not all, players need.
“Mauricio Pochettino could have told a Cavani, ‘Harry’s the future, teach him everything you know’. He could then have turned to Kane and said, ‘Watch this fella in training, watch his movement, watch his runs, watch his professionalism’. Everyone benefits.”
Collymire is convinced that Spurs have the resources to have spent big on Cavani, 29, who scored for PSG in their 1-1 Champions League draw against Arsenal in midweek, or Higuain, 28, who has netted three times in three Serie A encounters for new club Juventus.
“I know people will say, ‘It’s Spurs, Stan, not Arsenal or Chelsea’. But they could have gone in with a blockbuster bid that would have convinced the player to join them. Players don’t go to China for anything but money and Spurs could have made their money talk.
“They could have speculated big-time and they and Kane would have reaped the rewards.”
In other Tottenham transfer news, Chelsea are lining up a £20million move for a fringe Spurs player.