Dries Mertens last night went level with Marek Hamsik as Napoli’s all-time leading goalscorer – and Tottenham Hotspur surely have to take note.
The Belgian international was on target for the Italians in the Champions League against Barcelona, curling a brilliant effort from the edge of the box into the top corner in the first half.
It was Mertens’ 12th strike of the season, and 121st in total for the club – only Hamsik, who was at the club for 11-and-a-half years – has scored as many.
Mertens joined Napoli back in 2013 from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, signing for a reported €9.5 million/£8 million fee on the watch of Rafa Benitez (ESPN).
The star has proven to be amazing business, and a lot of people will be sorry to see him go.
That is the likelihood this summer, with Mertens out of contract and set to depart for nothing.
Following his making of history, Tottenham surely have to consider swooping for the 32-year-old.
TBR’s view – Mertens would be great Tottenham business
Given the fact Mertens wouldn’t cost a penny in transfer fees, he is surely worth consideration by Spurs, who can’t continue on with just Harry Kane as their only senior striker.
Next season Jose Mourinho needs proper backup for the England captain, and Mertens could be ideal.
Clearly he isn’t feeling his age having still been in great form for Napoli this season, and is lively as ever.
He would bring the mobility that isn’t present in Kane’s game, and potentially be a really good option coming off the bench in games.
Ominously, the player’s agent said in December (Sky Sports) that his client would be ‘very happy’ to play in the Premier League, giving Spurs even more reason to enquire.