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Saturday, September 12, 2020

My New Striker Signing Must Be Ready To Compete With Kane - Mourinho

My New Striker Signing Must Be Ready To Compete With Kane - Mourinho
Jose Mourinho 
Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho has revealed the kind of center-forward he will be looking for in the ongoing transfer window, the kind that won't be afraid to compete with top striker Harry Kane.

Mourinho made public on Friday his desire to bring in a forward to complement talisman Harry Kane, adding that he does not understand why Tottenham's pursuit of a new striker receives so much scrutiny compared to other teams.

When asked if Spurs were looking for a striker who could potentially displace Kane, Mourinho pondered why the clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool could have several world-class options while his team relied solely on Kane.

Mourinho cited former club Chelsea as an example of a side who can buy top forwards despite already having quality options.

Speaking to reporters, Mourinho said that a back-up option is not what he's after, rather he is after a striker that will be happy to join the team and will be ready to compete with the likes of Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Son Heung-min, and Lucas Moura.

"I said before I don't like the 'back-up' situation, I also don't like the profile of player who doesn't want to come to us.

"You look to all the other top clubs and they have many options at centre-forward and that question doesn't appear. I don't want managers to misinterpret my words.

"But, for example, [Timo] Werner went to Chelsea and Chelsea have [Tammy] Abraham and [Olivier] Giroud, Man City have [Sergio] Aguero and [Gabriel] Jesus, Liverpool have [Roberto] Firmino, [Divock] Origi, [Mohamed] Salah can play there, too, [Sadio] Mane.

"It looks like it's only with us that we don't have the right to have a more balanced squad with more options.

"If you change the direction from the striker position to midfield, we have [Harry] Winks, we have [Moussa] Sissoko, we have [Tanguy] Ndombele. They didn't ask me, 'Am I a back-up or am I going there to play?'

"It's up to you, mate. Players decide who plays. It's not me – players decide who plays.

"I know that we have the best striker in this country  there is no doubt about it, but the striker that comes here has to have his own ambitions. If he doesn't have ambitions, he doesn't belong to us."

Mourinho explained he would not be looking to convince any potential recruit to join his squad, rather the player will have to convince him that he's ready to compete with the team's formidable forwards.

"The point is not me convincing the striker, it's the striker convincing me.

"If the striker is afraid of coming to Tottenham and the striker is afraid of competition then I don't want the striker. It's not for me to convince him, it's for him to convince me.

"If he says he doesn't want to go because he doesn't want to be in a squad where we have Harry Kane, Sonny [Son Heung-min], [Erik] Lamela, Lucas [Moura], 'I don't want to go to that squad', then goodbye."

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