With Harry Kane out for the next four months it is no secret that Spurs are scrambling to find someone who can fill the gap and fit into Jose Mourinho’s system. The club have already been linked with a number of forwards in the January window, however this latest suggestion may be the most outlandish yet. According to the Sunday Express and The Guardian, Tottenham have been offered Christian Benteke as a cheap alternative to each of the three more expensive players they are targeting.
Mourinho has been very open about the fact that he does not see Heung-Min Son as a solution to his problem, stating in a recent interview that just because he can play there, doesn’t mean he should. “Davinson Sanchez can play striker, but he’s a central defender. A striker, what I call a No 9, a target man, Son is not.”
This is the crux of the issue, Mourinho likes to play with a target man as we have seen throughout his career. With Harry Kane he had exactly that and much more, allowing Jose to play his preferred system without any issues. It seems as though Mourinho would prefer to bring in a new big man ahead of adapting his system to fit the players that he has at his disposal, though turning to misfiring Benteke would certainly be a strange solution.
Spurs have been linked with Krzysztof Piatek, Andre Silva and Moussa Dembele. All three forwards having been in much better form recently than the former Belgium international.
Benteke has not scored a goal for his current team, Crystal Palace, since April 2019. In fact Benteke has scored on just four occasions through his last 60 Premier League appearances and has failed to find the back of the net in any of his 16 outings so far this term. With a return of just 19 goals in 97 games for Palace, something tells me that Benteke is most certainly not the answer to the problems Mourinho finds himself facing at present.
While the deal may seem slightly outlandish it is one that I wouldn’t be overly surprised to see happen. With the financial situation that Tottenham currently find themselves in, following the stadium build costs, laying out for a top striker is something that just doesn’t seem feasible. Now when you consider the fact that chairman Daniel Levy is known for his tight purse strings, a move for Benteke seems to become more and more likely.