Tottenham Hotspur are probably going to be linked with a number of strikers in the coming days and weeks following the news that Harry Kane has been ruled out until April with a hamstring injury.
His absence and the fact that he needs surgery was confirmed by the club on Thursday, and on the same day it was reported by The Sun that they had agreed a deal with AC Milan to sign Krzysztof Piatek, while Goal in France reported that they were interested in Lyon’s Moussa Dembele.
But who would be the better signing for the north London outfit as they bid to find a centre-forward who can fill in effectively for their talisman for the next few months?
They are certainly both at a decent age given Dembele is 23 and Piatek is 24, and a look at their statistics for this season to date – ahead of this weekend’s fixtures – gives a pretty good idea of who Spurs should make their priority if these are two of their top options.
Firstly when you are trying to replace Kane you are looking for someone who can put the ball in the back of the net regularly – after all, the England captain has 17 goals in 25 games for his club side this term.
Piatek had an ok record for Milan in total with 15 in 39, but when you consider four of those had come in 18 Serie A outings this term, it is far less impressive.
The £36m-rated Dembele had 10 in the same number of fixtures, and 33 in 73 for Lyon – another tick for the Frenchman.
As a lone striker, you also need to be able to win your fair share of aerial duels, and once again the France-based striker outperforms the Italian-based one in this area too, with an average of 2.9 won per game compared to 2.1 as per WhoScored– as a comparison, Kane has won 2.8 in the Premier League in 2019/20.
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Neither player gets close to the 26-year-old’s 1.2 dribbles per match, with Dembele coming in at half that, and Piatek a quarter.
The latter does come out slightly on top when it comes to key passes, which are also important if you are holding the ball up and setting up your teammates.
Nevertheless, it is clear to see who comes out on top for being the most suitable to fill in for Kane, and Spurs should be going for the Lyon man over the AC Milan one.
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