Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Paul Robinson has tipped Spurs to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud as Jose Mourinho prepares to bulk the squad for his first full season in charge next campaign – with chairman Daniel Levy reportedly prioritising free agents, loan moves and any other bargain deals.
Giroud recently signed a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge which will keep him there until 2021, but they may want to cash-in on the striker before that point given he is reaching the twilight stages of his career.
Should Spurs sign Giroud?
Yes please, get it done
No, not a rival attacker
Due to star striker Harry Kane’s injury issues this season, Spurs are keen on signing a back-up who can somewhat replicate his presence up front, with Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik also being linked in the past few days.
However, despite the noise surrounding Milik, ex-Spur Robinson believes Giroud would be the far more prudent choice – going on to claim to Football Insider that he would be a ‘smart signing’.
As a result, Robinson has tipped Spurs to go for him over Milik.
“It is always a difficult sell to a player when they know Harry Kane will play if he is fit,” he told Football Insider.
“Mourinho will only play with one striker and you have got to remember that they have Son as well.
“Milik would not start every game and it would take a certain type of player to play that role.
“But Kane has not completed a full season for three years or so. He is still scoring goals despite missing great big chunks of seasons through injury but do you want to risk it as a player coming in? It is a tough sell.
“In January they tried to get Giroud and I still think he would be a smart signing.”
Whether or not he would solve some issues remains to be seen, but judging by Robinson’s verdict, Spurs shouldn’t completely give up the hunt.