The Sun claims that Tottenham are poised to make a move for Chile’s highly-rated striker Humberto Suazo. Harry Redknapp is keen to strengthen his attack as Roman Pavlyuchenko is set to leave in January and uncertainty continues over the future of Robbie Keane who has been linked with Celtic.
Suazo, 28, is ready to make the switch after helping Monterrey win the Mexican League and wants to show he can compete at the top level.
The Chilean striker had an inauspicious start to his career and it was not until he joined San Luis Quillota of the Chilean third division that he came to the fore, bagging 40 goals in one season. This led to a move to Audax Italiano where he continued his impressive scoring streak scoring 40 goals in 62 games over two seasons, despite sustaining a major injury.
His ascent continued with a move to Colo-Colo where he scored an incredible 38 goals in 44 League games and won the Championship in his only season at the club.
Unsurprisingly a move abroad was on the cards, with Mexican side Monterrey paying $8 million for his signature. The fee paid by the Mexican team is one of the highest for a Chilean player coming out of Chile.
His career in Mexico began awfully as his opening six months produced a measly 3 goal return. With criticism of his performances reaching a crescendo, Suazo called a press conference where he acknowledged his poor form and attitude as well as his intention to knuckle down, work hard and improve his form.
Suazo made good on his promise and returned in blistering form, scoring 16 goals in his next 19 appearances. In all he has netted 44 goals in 84 appearances over two seasons.
Suazo has been compared by many of his admirers to Wayne Rooney and it is not hard to see why. Both are diminutive but stocky making them difficult to knock of the ball and enabling them to posses a low centre of gravity. The Chilean operates off a target man and has a vicious right foot enabling him to launch powerful shots from both outside and inside the area with a minimum of backlift. (See here for a comparison between the two players.)
Chupete is a permanent fixture in the Chilean national side and has scored 17 goals in 41 internationals.
The striker was awarded the Worldâ€™s Top Scorer of 2006 by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics in Salzburg, Austria. He was also awarded the Silver Football for scoring the second highest amount of top division goals in world football. Suazo also finished top scorer in Chileâ€™s Apertura season in 2006 and 2007 as well as top Clausura scorer in Mexico in 2008 plus 2006 Copa Sudamericana.
And his most recent achievement was to secure the 2009 Mexican title for Monterrey on Monday night scoring a 90th minute winner against Cruz Azul in the Apertura play-off final. (Watch here.)
With Robbie Keaneâ€™s future in doubt and a possible move to Celtic being mooted, Redknapp may be looking for a replacement and Suazo would fit the bill. Here at 101gg we question whether it is a wise idea spending 10 million pounds on a player in his prime who may take a season to settle in. This will leave Tottenham with a player who can only give 2 seasons of his best form, with his resale value plummeting.
Video evidence of Humberto Suazo can be seen here.