By Paul Robinson

22nd Feb, 2020 | 2:45pm

Exclusive: Robinson makes 'Perfect' Tottenham transfer claim after defeat to Chelsea

Paul Robinson has insisted that Tottenham should have signed Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window.

The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the French hitman would have fit Jose Mourinho’s system of play perfectly.

Giroud opened the scoring against the Lilywhites on Saturday afternoon, firing past fellow countryman Hugo Lloris after seeing his initial shot saved and Ross Barkley his the post.

With winger Steven Bergwijn acting as a makeshift centre-forward in place of the missing Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, Robinson says the Chelsea 33-year-old would have been the ideal signing in January.

“It was widely spoken about that they tried to get a striker in the window, tried to get Giroud,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“I think he would have been the perfect fit with the way that he plays and the way that he plays for France. He leads the line and allows three behind him – Mbappe, Griezmann and whoever else it is – to do the damage. 

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“He occupies the central defenders, it’s the same system as what Jose plays. With Harry Kane out, it showed the lack of attacking options.”

Sky Sports reported in January that Tottenham were keen on signing the French international and that he himself would be open to making the move across London.

He instead remained with Chelsea, with Saturday’s strike his first Premier League goal of the season.

In other Tottenham news, Michael Brown has been left raving over a Spurs star that the club are ready to sell.