Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has looked a shadow of the player that’s lit up Spurs’ attack for the best part of the last decade.
It’s therefore no surprise that Tottenham are expected to bring in at least one new forward imminently, with Antonio Conte eager to add more firepower to his side’s current blunt attack.
In terms of drawing up a list of targets, Conte and his staff will inevitably be taking note of the forwards impressing across Europe so far.
And as it stands, it’s the familiar sight of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski topping Europe’s ‘Big Five’ goalscoring charts. The Polish goal-machine has scored 19 times already in the league and could well be on course to match last season’s astonishing total of 41.
Behind him is Bundesliga rival and Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick who is enjoying an excellent campaign of his own, scoring his 15th and 16th league goals of the season last week against Hoffenheim.
These two lead the way across Europe’s top five leagues, however, the highest-scoring none-Bundesliga player is plying his trade in Italy, and he’s someone Conte will know all too well from his time in Serie A.
Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic is still just 21, yet he’s a budding star who has been rumoured to have attracted interest from Tottenham, as well as other big clubs from across the continent.
He’s already bagged 16 Serie A goals this season. That’s just five fewer than the total he managed last season, suggesting there’s a real possibility he can better that tally this time around.
Vlahovic hasn’t always benefited from the best environment to thrive at Fiorentina. His side have finished 16th, 10th and 13th across the three years he’s been at the club.
Yet his ability to still score so many goals, particularly across this season so far and the last highlight why he’s attracting so much interest across the continent.
Initially looking at his goalscoring, what stands out is the number of goals he scored in comparison to his Expected Goals (xG).
His combined xG for this season and the last equates to 18.5. Therefore his total of 37 goals across that time represents a very impressive overperformance.
Although an overperformance to that extent might not be able to be sustained indefinitely, such a positive difference over a fairly big sample size does paint Vlahovic as a player developing into an elite level finisher.
In terms of his profile, he stands at an imposing six-foot-three-inches and has a robust frame to compliment his size, making him a real handful and ideal target man. He can’t be pigeonholed as just that however, because he boasts a rather impressive all-round skillset too.
He’s not a player you’d label as rapid, but the 21-year-old does possess a good turn of pace and will happily linger on the shoulders of defenders, primed to pounce on any threaded balls played in between a defensive line.
Another appealing trait of his is the eagerness he shows when his team is without the ball. He works very hard and will regularly be instructed to drop in, cut out passing lanes and lead pressing triggers for his side.
Whilst he may still be a little raw in parts, he is a young player who is illustrating a capacity to develop into a forward with the complete package.
It’s therefore easy to see why, if given the opportunity to do so, Spurs would be wise to bring him to North London as soon as possible.
Source by Football London