By Russell Edge
Tottenham are lining up Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik as a potential replacement for Harry Kane, according to a report.
Italian football news website calciomercato.it name Spurs as one of several potential suitors for the 23-year-old, who has found himself out of favour at the Italian club thanks to the form of Dries Mertens.
The report also names Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal, as well as German sides Schalke and Borussia Dortmund as those in the market for the Polish international, with Spurs only interested if Kane were to depart.
Since arriving from Ajax in the summer of 2016, Milik has made 27 appearances for Napoli, scoring 10 times, although he has started just two of a possible nine games for the club this season.
Football Insider verdict
While there is no doubt that Milik may be available at a cut price if he continues to find himself out of favour, there should be serious doubts over whether he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League. His form in Italy is average at best, while he managed to score just two goals in 28 appearances during his time in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and FC Augsburg. His form in the Netherlands with Ajax was imperious, with 47 goals in 75 appearances, but as fans have seen so often, success in the Eredivisie does not always translate to success in the English top flight. Is he a worthy replacement for Kane? On this evidence no, although there would be few strikers who could replicate the English striker’s goal scoring talent.
In other Tottenham news, Jamie Carragher has had his say on Harry Kane’s contract situation.