Tottenham Opinion: Why should Tottenham revive their interest in Giovanni Simeone?
Tottenham have endured a hectic time in the current transfer window, as Mauricio Pochettino ponders over reinforcements following the historic 2018/19 campaign, where they ended up as UCL runners-up.
Having already added a top-class midfielder, Tanguy Ndombele, to the squad, attacking reinforcements are yet to be made.
Spurs’ attacking line-up last season failed to be effective enough, as they relied on a set of players and lacked depth throughout the campaign.
Though Pochettino’s side was able to get away even with the absence of primary striker Harry Kane, there have to be enough back-ups for the English skipper going forward.
Given that Fernando Llorente has become a free agent, it is time for Spurs to rekindle their interest in the pursuit of Fiorentina Striker Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone.
The Argentine striker was chased by the North London outfit (h/t Mirror) in the past only for the deal to have fallen through in the end.
How Simeone would be of great use to Spurs?
The 24-year-old has been exceptional for Fiorentina since his move in 2017. Since then, the has racked up a total of 23 goal and 11 assists for the club.
A youth product of Argentine club River Plate, Simeone had his breakthrough during his time at Genoa. He also made his debut for the Argentine national team last year. Simone can play as a striker, second striker and even as a winger.
The Argentine’s numbers weren’t impressive last season in the Serie A but it has to be reminded that he appeared as a substitute on 9 occasions and at the same time, Fiorentina finished 16th in the table, two places shy of relegation.
Simeone turned out to be a revelation in his debut his season with Fiorentina, however, bagging 15 goals and 5 assists and helping his side finish eighth. Now, it is evident that the Argentine has struggled with his goalscoring ratio due to a lack of team effort.
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Regardless, Simeone is only going to evolve as an effective player under his compatriot and an influential manager like Pochettino. Meanwhile, the former River plate man would also raise the stakes for Kane to be at his best all day.
Spurs have at last broken their long-running transfer drought but they haven’t yet broken their trophy-drought.
Whilst there is a clear sign of optimism with Pochettino’s approach in the current transfer window, he should sort out the attacking reinforcements in due time.