Tottenham’s need for another striker has been ignored in the transfer market by the club for some time now. The cost of that decision has been made painfully clear in recent weeks with both Harry Kane and Heung-min Son out injured.
Tottenham lack options in attack and the result has been the likes of Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli being square pegs shoved into round holes.
But one year ago, it was reported by the Daily Mail that Mauricio Pochettino had a player in mind to solve the problem. The player in question was Fulham striker Aleksander Mitrovic.
Mitrovic had impressed for the Cottagers despite their relegation campaign in the Premier League. It left many clubs looking at his potential signing. As reported by the Evening Standard later in the year, Fulham eventually valued the Serbian at £30 million.
The London side did not want to sell Mitrovic, knowing he might provide the firepower to see Fulham earn an immediate promotion back to the top-flight.
They weren’t wrong. Mitrovic has scored 23 goals in 34 Championship games this season, with Fulham third and battling for promotion. At the time of the current football suspension due to the spread of COVID-19, the Serbian is the league’s top-scorer.
Tottenham should undoubtedly be considering Mitrovic yet again. If Fulham fail to win promotion, there is no doubt the 25-year-old will have to consider his options.
Mourinho would undoubtedly love the deal as well. He has been a fan of Mitrovic since he was a teenager. Back in 2013, the Portuguese manager watched Mitrovic score his first senior international goal as Serbia drew 1-1 with rivals Croatia. Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad after the game he praised Anderlecht, who had recently snapped up Mitrovic from Partizan Belgrade, for signing a potential ‘top European striker’.
“Mitrovic was the best player on the field.
“He managed to keep the ball well and that was key. That boy has everything to become a top European striker and I think Anderlecht did a very good thing to get him.”
Why wouldn’t Mourinho love him? He is exactly the Tottenham manager’s style of striker. Strong, bullish, a leader and lethal in front of goal – he shares attributes with the likes of Didier Drogba, Diego Milito, and Diego Costa, all of whom thrived under Mourinho.
Mourinho likes him, he’s already based in London and Tottenham have shown interest before. Mitrovic looks like a potentially perfect summer recruit.