Can Alassane Plea Finally Solve Spurs Striking Saga?

Tottenham Hotspur don’t really have a striking problem as such. Their top striker Harry Kane has scored 105 Premier League goals in the last four seasons and he’s also just signed a new long-term contract.

Yet when you look beyond Kane, they’re missing a fellow hitman that can carry the load, especially if the English goalscorer picks up an injury.

Vincent Janssen and Clinton N’Jie struggled for goals and were then sold or loaned out. Veteran Spanish forward Fernando Llorente only started in one league fixture in his debut season for the Lilywhites, it seemed as though Mauricio Pochettino didn’t trust the Spaniard to start games even when Kane was missing.

In the past few seasons, it’s been left to South Korean internationalist Son Heung-Min to fill in up-top. Now Son has done admirably well and last term he struck eighteen times in all competitions for Spurs but in truth he’s not an out and out striker.

That’s why the North London club seem to be bidding for the services of Nice attacker Alassane Plea.

The twenty-five year old scored twenty-one times in forty-eight outings for the French club, that included four goals in seven Europa League starts.

Plea is used to playing second fiddle to another striker, he was in the same team as Mario Balotelli for the past two seasons. But that hasn’t hindered his progress, in fact he has improved. If Pochettinho decides to change things up a bit and go with two up top then Plea could be a perfect foil to have in there beside Harry Kane. Alassane did a lot of work for Balotelli and provided seven assists last season for teammates.

The Lille native can play on the wings, as well as through the middle.

When he played centrally against Guingamp in Ligue 1, Plea bagged himself four goals. He showed in that game that he’s got the pace when needed to evade defenders, the composure to finish off chances and that he’s comfortable coming in from the left and finishing with style.

The Frenchman can also hold the ball up, has a good first touch and has the skill to get past opponents.

Plea seems keen on the idea of trying his hand in a foreign league and now could be the right time for him to make the move:

“There have been talks and I don’t think that next year I’ll be here any longer,”

It has been a bit of a poison chalice for any forward to come to Spurs and become the back-up behind Kane. Hopefully if they sign Alassane Plea, then he can be the second striker in the squad that manages to take his chances and grab goals for Tottenham.

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