Mourinho ‘optimistic’ after giving verdict on Tottenham striker chase

Date published: Wednesday 30th September 2020 6:49 - Steve Pearson

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho claimed he is “optimistic” reinforcements at the top end of the pitch will be brought in this window.

Spurs have endured mixed fortunes thus far in the current campaign.

Just one win has been secured from their first three league encounters. However, progression has been safely achieved in both the EFL Cup and Europa League.

Superstar forward Gareth Bale set pulses racing when making an emotional return to the club a fortnight ago. But along with Son Heung-min, the duo are currently unavailable for selection through injury.

Makeshift frontmen Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela were deployed up front in the recent penalty shootout victory over Chelsea, showing how quickly attacking options can become limited for a club with such a hectic fixture schedule.

As such, Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bolster his squad with a genuine back-up option to Harry Kane.

Napoli hitman Arkadiusz Milik has been the subject of much speculation, with the latest reports from Italy suggesting London could be his next destination.

Regardless, Mourinho will seek to bring in a striker one way or another, and revealed his hope when quizzed on the situation earlier today.

“I am optimistic, but more than that the feeling that I like is that we are trying everything to do it,” said the Portuguese (via FootballLondon).

 

“You succeed, you don’t succeed is a different story. It’s like a football match: you win, you don’t win.

“But you give everything and you try everything. In the transfer market, it’s more of the same. I like the fact that my club, my transfer structure is trying to do everything to do it for us, to do it for the team.

“That’s the most important thing for me. If we succeed, great. I believe so. If we don’t, that’s football.”

 

Mourinho wowed by Alli response

Meanwhile, Mourinho has been won over by the fighting spirit of underfire midfielder Dele Alli, but did offer a puzzling remark regarding his Tottenham role.

Alli has only featured in two of Spurs’ six games this term, playing less than 60 minutes in both matches.

 

Indeed he played an hour against Shkendija in the Europa League last week but did then not make it in the squads for Sunday’s clash with Newcastle or Tuesday’s win over Chelsea.

Mourinho has previously rejected speculation that the England international could move away; instead the manager has said his squad is too big and needs cutting.

Spurs play Maccabi Haifa on Thursday but Mourinho gave a puzzling answer when asked in his pre-match press conference if he will involve Alli in proceedings.

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