Tottenham winning £10m battle for 60-goal African star would be a masterstroke

Why Tottenham signing Habib Diallo would be a smart move

According to Team Talk (h/t The Sun), a host of premier league sides including Tottenham FC, Chelsea, and Leicester City are engaged in a £10million transfer battle for FC Metz striker Habib Diallo.

The Senegalese international has been in red-hot form this season, scoring 8 goals from 13 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.

 FC Metz striker Habib Diallo.
FC Metz striker Habib Diallo. (Getty Images)

24-year old Habib was instrumental in his side gaining promotion to Ligue 1, as he impressed many with his 26 goals from 43 matches last year.  

Meanwhile, 2018-19 European runners-up Tottenham are passing through troubled waters as they stay in the bottom half of the table, four places adrift of the relegation zone.

Spurs have not tasted victory in their last five league matches and are keen to break the deadlock.

ottenham Hotspurs who are 14th in the league table look to break their five-game winless streak.
Tottenham Hotspurs who are 14th in the league table look to break their five-game winless streak. (Getty Images)

Even though star striker Harry Kane leads the top-scorers chart for the Lilywhites with six goals, it has not been the best of starts for the Englishman.

With Kane being the lone striker in the squad and considering their poor show in the league, manager Mauricio Pochettino must rope in a striker when the January transfer window opens.

Habib’s inclusion in the squad would add more firepower to the Spurs attack and plenty to choose from for Pochettino.

Mauricio Pochettino would be eager to rope in a striker when the January transfer window opens.
Mauricio Pochettino would be eager to rope in a striker when the January transfer window opens. (Getty Images)

Moreover, the Senegalese striker is in fine form and could bring positivity into a dressing room which looks completely devoid of it.   

Experience

Habib is not a new kid around the block. He is a proven match-winner who has helped his side gain promotion from the French second tier and now compete in the first division.

He is just one goal short of joint top-scorers Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele.

Habib in action for FC Metz.
Habib (right) in action for FC Metz. (Getty Images)

Prolific goal-scorer

Like Kane, Habib is also known for his goal-scoring prowess. With 60 goals from 147 appearances, the Senegalese striker’s CV speaks for itself.

His eye for goal and ability to shoot from distance has helped his side on a number of occasions. He scored the major share of goals that enabled Metz to gain promotion last season.

Consistency

The FC Metz striker has proved his consistency by continuing his goal scoring exploits from the lower division to the Ligue 1.

The Senegalese striker is definitely not a one-season wonder.
The Senegalese striker is definitely not a one-season wonder. (Getty Images)

He is not a one-season wonder, which is quite evident from his displays in recent times.

Verdict

Blessed with good finishing instincts, shooting abilities and consistency required to stay on top, Habib could undoubtedly be an ideal back-up striker for Spurs.

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His inclusion would also be a warning sign for many of Pochettino’s old guards for whom shooting boots seems to be missing this season.

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Written by Siddharth Suresh

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