Time is running out for Tottenham Hotspur to sign a new striker.
There are less than two weeks remaining until the transfer window closes, and Spurs still don’t have cover for the injured Harry Kane.
The England captain could be out for the rest of the season, and at the moment Jose Mourinho is reliant on Lucas Moura and/or Heung-min Son to lead the line.
Youngster Troy Parrott is a centre-forward, but it is seemingly too soon for him bear such responsibility.
Good strikers are hard to come by in January, especially ones at affordable prices.
But Spurs could consider making a somewhat left-field move for a striker, who wouldn’t cost too much and is the kind of physical forward historically favoured by Mourinho.
Artem Dzyuba is out of contract at the end of the season, and he could be great short-term cover for Kane until the end of the season.
TBR’s view – ‘Nasty’ Dzyuba could be brilliant under Mourinho
Dzyuba has bagged 13 goals in 26 appearances so far this season, and has also been in fine fettle as the captain of Russia, scoring nine goals in 10 European qualifiers in 2019.
Reportedly he was watched by scouts of both Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer (raifan.ru).
He is a brute of a striker, standing at 6ft 5in tall, and absolutely relishes physical battles.
The likes of Didier Drogba, Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Romelu Lukaku have all had success under Mourinho in the past, and Dzyuba could flourish as Mourinho’s next physical presence.