The role of a back-up striker is one which continues to prove problematic for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente are the most recent new members to try, and fail, to satisfy fans as an alternative to Harry Kane, but now a new figure could enter the club.
The Sun say that Spurs may make a £23 million move for OGC Nice striker Alassan Plea to rotate and compete with the England captain, but to invest such a fee may just be throwing money down the drain.
At first glance, you may think that his record is impressive enough to put him into contention. 21 goals in 48 games in 2017/18 isn’t bad after all.
Fairly quick and a keen dribbler of the ball, drifting wide and cutting inside at times, he would clearly offer an alternative to Kane.
However, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned too. At 25-years-old he should be approaching the peak of his career, but with only two and a half years of top flight experience he lacks the maturity that some other players at that age possess.
That alone is not a reason to be put off, but his scoring record has not always been so consistent and it does bring back echoes of Vincent Janssen, who joined at a younger age but with three full seasons of first division football in Holland, being prolific in all three.
The other major area for concern is that Plea is not the hardest working, often reluctant to press and defend from the front or drop back when required as Harry Kane is only too keen to do. In Pochettino’s set-up, that could prove problematic.
Daniel Levy clearly has his sights set on resolving this problem yet again after Llorente failed to provide all that Spurs were looking for, but he may be left feeling that he could get more for his money than by gambling on Plea.