Tottenham are today being linked with a £26m move for Napoli striker, Arkadiusz Milik, as Jose Mourinho continues his quest to improve his squad this summer.
Spurs finished the season pretty well under Mourinho and have already added a flurry of players in Hojbjerg, Doherty, and Hart.
However, Mourinho wants more in attacking areas so the idea of Milik signing makes sense, given the position he plays and his excellent goalscoring record.
But aside from just being a good player, there’s more to the signing of Milik than just another body in the squad. The Napoli star can give Spurs something that they haven’t had for a number of seasons and that is genuine cover and competition for Harry Kane.
So, with the Express claiming today that a big-money move could be in the offing for Spurs and Milik, it looks like being a smart piece of business for the north London outfit.
Goals, talent, and pressure of Kane, Milik should be ideal
Milik’s record over the last two seasons in Italy has been impressive. He hit 14 goals last season, including eleven in Serie A, while in the 18/19 campaign he hit 20 in all competitions, per Transfermarkt.
Aside from just being a good goalscorer, though, Milik would allow Spurs to take the pressure off of key man, Harry Kane.
There can be no denying that Tottenham have become a bit over-reliant on Kane in recent seasons. The England skipper scored 18 times last season in the league despite missing nine games through injury. Indeed, had it not been for lockdown, Kane would have missed even more.
Kane has been plagued by niggling injuries over the last few seasons. And while he is a quick healer and always comes back fighting fit, the club needs someone who can take the load off.
In Milik, Spurs would be getting that man. The Polish star could step in during cup games, come off the bench when games are won, and, if necessary, even form a partnership with Kane if needed.
In terms of smart business and at less than £30m, this could be a very smart move by Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy.