If Tottenham are ready to cut their losses on Vincent Janssen, then they could at least learn something from his time at White Hart Lane.
The Dutchman has scored just one goal from open play since arriving from AZ Alkmaar last summer, and that came in a 6-0 FA Cup rout of League One Millwall.
Mauricio Pochettino was hoping to find a credible back-up striker for Harry Kane, but in Janssen, he hasn’t yet got one.
It remains to be seen whether he will shine in Kane’s absence, which is set to continue in the coming weeks.
However, it appears that just in case that doesn’t happen, Spurs have identified another striker who they could bring in.
The Daily Mail report that Patrik Schick of Sampdoria is on their radar, while Arsenal have also been speaking to his representatives this week.
The 21-year-old is already a Czech Republic international, though he’s yet to really establish himself with the senior team.
It’s in Serie A where he’s been drawing attention to himself with seven goals in his first 23 appearances. That doesn’t sound like all that impressive a tally, but to be fair to him, 18 of those appearances have come as a substitute.
The starlet’s link-up play already looks a little more fluid than Janssen’s. That would also make him an appealing target for Arsenal, who would like a tricky striker to fit in with their general style of play, offering something different to the ungainly Olivier Giroud.
That’s not to say he isn’t physical, however, at 6″2.
While Sampdoria would no doubt like him to continue his development with them, they won’t be able to stop him leaving if he chooses, as he has a release clause of £21million.