Back in early September, Tottenham Hotspur were linked with Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi (Sabah).
At that stage, he was a bit of an unknown quantity. But he would soon become a known name to England fans. After dominating Michael Keane and Harry Maguire against England, the Kosovo international was seen as an exciting target for Spurs.
But how has Muriqi been doing since that night in Southampton? Here, TBR takes a look at his progress and whether he has done enough to convince Spurs to pounce in January.
Tottenham links and England goal
Muriqi’s name came out of nowhere as he shot to stardom with his performance against England. Soon after Tottenham’s interest was reported, the 6ft 4in striker had a chance to showcase his ability against the Three Lions.
He did not waste his opportunity. Muriqi gave Keane and Maguire a torrid evening, scoring once and providing two assists. His goal was a penalty that he won after Maguire’s reckless challenge. England won the game 5-3 but Muriqi came away with a lot of credit.
Muriqi since then
Muriqi had two goals in three games for his new club Fenerbahce when he terrorised England’s defence. But since then, it has all gone a bit quiet for Muriqi.
The 25-year-old has played four matches, scoring one goal and providing an assist. They both came against Ankaragucu and he has since drawn blanks against Galatasaray and Antalyaspor.
Muriqi has a chance to get back into form over the international break. Kosovo have a friendly with Gibraltar before a qualifying match against Montenegro.
Work to do
Muriqi has not yet done enough to prompt Tottenham into action this January. Although Spurs could do with a striker to share the burden with Kane, Muriqi is not necessarily the answer.
The towering centre-forward has shown glimpses of his ability but more scouting needs to be done. He definitely has potential but he would probably be too expensive seen as Fenerbahce only just signed him.