Chimbonda tells Spurs boss Mourinho: go for ex-Gunner, Giroud, in January window
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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender, Pascal Chimbonda, has controversially called for his ex-club to go all out and sign former Arsenal Striker, Olivier Giroud, in the January transfer window to fill the void left by Harry Kane’s injury which could see him side-lined for months.
"Harry Kane is out for five or six weeks - who is going to score the goals? Lucas Moura is not a natural striker, Spurs need someone more like Kane, a focal point in the penalty area," Chimbonda told Gambling.com.
"Dare I say it, but I think someone like Olivier Giroud fits the bill. It's obvious Frank Lampard doesn't fancy him at Chelsea, I'm sure Giroud wants out, so why not him? Yes, he's a former Arsenal player, but he's also a World Cup winner and presumably he's available.
"I'd take him on loan, but if the opportunity was there to buy him, then I'd buy him. There's no one else readily available on the market who has his quality."
One alternative attacking option for Jose Mourinho would be Republic of Ireland prodigy, Troy Parrott, who many Spurs fans are eager to see given an opportunity in the first team.
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However, as Chimbonda told Gambling.com, as promising as the seventeen-year-old is, Harry Kane has big shoes to fill and Parrott should only be unleashed if he's completely ready to make the step up.
"He's a young player with a lot of potential and I believe Mourinho when he says he wants to give youth a chance - but with Troy it's still only potential. If Mourinho feels he's not ready, then he's not ready.
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"Spurs is a big club with a big manager - they need big players for big games. Ok, you could look at Liverpool who gave youth a chance in the FA Cup and they beat Everton's first team, but they'd never do that in a league game.
"Parrott could be the answer further down the line, but he isn't the answer right now. Spurs need a senior understudy to Kane."
Up until now, scoring goals hasn't been an issue for Mourinho's Tottenham, however, Chimbonda says that Spurs are weaker at the back compared to some of Jose's typically defensive sides of the past.
"They're scoring plenty of goals but they're simply conceding far too many and giving too many away too cheaply.
"We know the type of football Mourinho likes to play, but we're yet to see that defensive quality. Hugo Lloris being injured is a big part of that, the backline is missing his captaincy qualities.
"Mourinho's still stamping his authority on this team so it will take some time for him to work on the shape and get the balance right.
"They already have good defenders, they just need to remember how to defend. They're all players who are good footballers, comfortable with the ball at their feet.
"That's all well and good, but you have to be comfortable without the ball too - I'm sure this is something Mourinho is working on."
Chimbonda specifically picked up on the vulnerabilities in a fellow Frenchman's game which he believes should be addressed in order to enhance Tottenham's defensive performances.
"Serge Aurier, for example, is a very good player going forward, but defensively he's vulnerable. He's played most of his career in France and Ligue 1 is a very different type of league to the Premier League.
"In France you can attack at will from right-back but in the Premier League you won't get away with it. I think he's still adapting to that but it can be coached into him and Mourinho will know exactly how to do that. He will focus on him and build his confidence."