According to a report from The Telegraph, FC Basel forward Breel Embolo has emerged as the top target of Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. The aforementioned report claims that even though Spurs identified Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi as their prime target, they are on the verge of losing the race for the 22-year-old as their London rivals West Ham United can offer the Belgian a guaranteed starting place.
Spurs biggest concern in the summer transfer window will be a striker who can deputise Harry Kane up front, not someone who will be the main man. Embolo fits the bill better than Batshuayi and is likely to be content if offered a rotational role.
However, Spurs need to beat off some competition for the 19-year-old Swiss international as The Telegraph claims that Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also monitoring the progress of the young striker while Wolfsburg are also interested following their approach for the youngster rejected by Basel in January.
Spurs were reliant on Harry Kane this season for goals but with Champions League football next season, it would be foolish from the Lilywhites if they do not offer Kane a helping hand in the attack. Embolo has what it takes to be a brilliant addition for the North London side considering the promise he has shown in Swiss League this season at the age of just 19.
Embolo has managed to find the back of the net 13 times this season from 39 games in all competitions. Those are not the best figures for a number nine but he is just 19 now and will improve a lot with experience and under the guidance of a manager like Pochettino who is a brilliant groomer of young talents.
Embolo is a rare mixture of pace and power. The 19-year-old can outrun defenders as well as outmuscle them. Considering he is still just 19, the Swiss international can grow into a complete forward if handled well. Embolo has also been capped nine times for the Swiss national team.
Embolo will be a smarter addition to Spurs than Batshuayi on any given day if we consider what Spurs need. The last thing Spurs would want is to diminish the morale of Harry Kane. The 22-year-old has not done anything wrong at his boyhood club and reached the 20-goal mark for two straight seasons now while this season he also bagged the Premier League Golden Boot.
Embolo can be a brilliant cover to Kane which Batshuayi would not want to be. Considering his pace, Embolo can also get playing time on the flanks also considering his pace and versatility. Pochettino can go for a two-man attack with Kane and the Swiss international next season also when needed.