In the past 24 hours, reports have suggested that Tottenham is set to weight in an offer for Dutch Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who had previously been touted as a target of both Norwich and Newcastle.
Of all the strikers that we've been linked with outside of THE, van Wolfswinkel is the first that has struck me as a logical fit for Spurs. Admittedly, my knowledge is based only on a whole bunch of googling and Youtube trawling but he appears to be a player that can make a run and when released he appears to be a fairly clinical finisher. He has scored a lot of goals with tap ins after making strong runs into the box, and that's been a terrible weakness for Spurs. How many times has Bale or Lennon crossed in front of the goal, with neither of our strikers getting to where they need to be and another chance goes begging. He is a strong penalty taker, which I always see as a sign of a player with a good, cool head on his shoulders.
At 24, he's young and looks to be learning and improving. He has scored better than one goal every two games in his last two full seasons, and this season has 5 from 15, but that represents almost half of Sporting Lisbon's goals for the season.
The Portugal club are struggling this season in tenth and their financial problems have been well-documented. They picked up van Wolfswinkel for 5 million, so would double their money if Tottenham were to weigh in a 10 million bid. Norwich and Newcastle have both reportedly shown interest in the player at 8 million but we should be in a position to trump both of those clubs with the lure of Champions League football and a greater salary.
For me, this would be a canny signing. We could bring him and Holtby in for less than 12 million and ABN suddenly has a whole lot more options.
He might not be THE striker, but maybe's van Wolfswinke is the striker. Having a cool name, which can conveniently be shorted to RvW doesn't hurt his cause either.