Opinion: Tottenham should drop interest in £40m man, don’t need him

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a summer move for Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr, (Sunday Mirror, August 9, page 65), with the Lilywhites reportedly ready to battle Liverpool for the versatile forward.

The Spurs fans will be hoping for a number of arrivals this summer to bolster Jose Mourinho’s squad and adding another option in the final third would certainly be welcome.

However, despite Sarr’s potential, Tottenham would be better served trying to add a more creative player than the Senegal international.

When it comes to pace and power, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura fit the bill, while Spurs also landed Steven Bergwijn in the January transfer window.

Tottenham signing Sarr would add another similar player to Mourinho’s squad, while the team could still use an attacking player with more guile and creativity.

Sarr was a bright spark for the Hornets after his £40 million move from Rennes, scoring five goals in 28 Premier League games last season.

While Watford will surely be forced to sell their star man and there is an argument to suggest the former Rennes forward has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, Spurs don’t need him given the presence of Son, Bergwijn, Moura and Erik Lamela.

What is lacking from the current Tottenham squad is a proven number nine to play back-up to Harry Kane and a wily attacking midfielder to take some of the creative burden away from Gio Lo Celso and Dele Alli.

Sarr would be a signing with potential, but given the club’s presumably restricted transfer budget, the funds would be better deployed elsewhere.