Spurs must not seek Man Utd flop to replenish striking reserves

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There can be little doubt that Radamel Falcao has been an expensive mistake for Manchester United.

Like Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko and Andy Carroll before him, the Colombian has failed to warrant the excessive cost associated with his services, and he’s not even a permanent signing.

It’s therefore completely understandable that the Red Devils are not looking to saddle their books with the Monaco man on a full-time basis once his loan from the French principality comes to an end this season.

Reports from the Daily Mirror suggest that, despite his nightmarish experience of the league so far, Falcao wants to continue playing in the top-flight. Chelsea and Tottenham are both rumoured escape routes.

Not only does signing such a wage-swallowing striker seem unlikely for the latter, but doing so would actually be a backward step for Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure.

The Argentine is working hard to instil his energetic, high-pressing philosophy on the Lilywhites, which is why Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor are rarely seen on the pitch these days.

Like that pair, Falcao’s lack of pace and work rate without the ball makes him the wrong choice to deputise for Harry Kane up front.

Although the 54-cap international can still claim a better prolonged goal scoring record than all three of Spurs’ current crop, Falcao’s face simply doesn’t fit the overall style Pochettino likes to play with.

Paying a reported £44m transfer fee, then over £200,000-per-week in wages for someone that doesn’t suit the club doesn’t immediately strike as the sort of boneheaded stunt Daniel Levy tends to pull.

However, if a club as vaunted as the Red Devils can be sucked in by a name and past results, the 8/1 top-four-chasing north Londoners certainly can. Spurs fans just have to cross their fingers that doesn’t happen.

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