Manchester United were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League last night as Spanish side Sevilla defeated Jose Mourinho’s men 2-1 at Old Trafford. The hero on the night for the Spanish side was Wissam Ben Yedder. The Frenchman came from the bench to score twice on the night, leaving United’s Champions League dreams in tatters.
It was a performance which showed just how good a signing Ben Yedder would be for Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs have looked for the back-up option to Harry Kane for a couple of seasons now. This term they went with experience, signing Fernando Llorente from Swansea City. Last season Spurs went with promise, signing Dutchman Vincent Janssen. Both deals have failed to have the desired impact.
Ben Yedder however is the perfect option. The 27-year-old offers a different threat to Kane but his running in behind would make him a potent threat with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen supporting. He clearly likes playing against the top English sides, with three goals against Liverpool in the group stages preceding his Old Trafford heroics. Ben Yedder also showed last night how much of an impact he can make from the bench.
Tottenham would be making a smart move if they tried to sign him in the summer. It would also rectify a mistake. Spurs were linked with Ben Yedder in January 2016. The London Evening Standard reported he would have cost Spurs around £7.5 million from French side Toulouse.
Instead Ben Yedder joined Sevilla for peanuts that summer and Spurs signed Janssen, who flopped at White Hart Lane.
It was a mistake that Tottenham did not push for Ben Yedder two years ago. This summer it is one they should consider rectifying.
A deal for Ben Yedder would not be as cheap now, but considering his record of 10 goals in nine Champions League appearances this season, Tottenham would be right to stump up.
The French striker might finally be the perfect solution to support Kane and even push for a starting place alongside the Englishman.
Based on the evidence of last night, not many Premier League defenders would like to go up against Ben Yedder.