It is no surprise to hear that Tottenham Hotspur will miss Harry Kane. He is expected to be out until March with an ankle problem. Of course, knowing Kane’s incredible recovery ability, he will likely be back by mid-February. But it still highlights the need, perhaps, for Tottenham to consider bringing in another back-up option other than Fernando Llorente.
One player who could be a decent option is Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo.
When Spurs were gearing up to face Watford at the end of the 2015 calendar year much was made of the clash between Kane and Ighalo. Both players had scored 29 goals in that calendar year.
“Ighalo is very good, I know him from Spain and he’s a striker that is difficult to deal with. We need to be clever and do our job for Monday.”
Tottenham won that game 2-1, but Ighalo defeated Kane in the year-long stakes by scoring his 30th goal of 2015.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted before the game he was fearful of the striker and Ighalo was linked with a host of clubs that January.
“Tottenham are a big team and every player would like to play for them but if you look now, Harry Kane is playing regularly and Fernando Llorente isn’t.
“For Kane not to play for Spurs means he’ll be out for many months.
“For me, I will like to play for a team that will play me regularly.”
The player himself recently suggested he might not be keen on a Tottenham move, but the lure of Champions League football and playing under Pochettino would surely tempt the Nigerian.
He is set to leave current club Changchun Yatai after they were relegated from the Chinese Super League. Tottenham could be bringing in a dangerous Premier League proven striker in Ighalo if they convinced him to sign a loan deal until the end of the season.
Despite his recent denial, that should surely not be an issue for Spurs.