Jose Mourinho and Tottenham desperately need reinforcements in January. The North London side’s squad has continued to lack consistency, motivation and excitement despite what was expected immediately of the Special One. Mourinho isn’t to blame for it, just the squad needs fresh faces to help start a new era at Tottenham. He’s brought in Portuguese talent Gedson Fernandes for the midfield. But Harry Kane’s injury means the team needs a striker immediately. For a front man, they’ve reportedly eyed Willian Jose.
The Brazilian striker has spent the last 3-4 years of his career with Spanish side Real Sociedad. Jose has been a reliable goal scorer for the team, scoring over 10 goals in all competition every season he’s been in San Sebastian. 2017/18 in particular was his most prolific season for Erreala, with 20 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions. Now, the 28 year old, according to reliable outlet AS, is closing in on a move to Spurs.
So why has Jose Mourinho looked towards this relatively unknown Brazilian striker (to Premier League fans), to fill the boots of Harry Kane? We’ll give you the rundown:
Willian Jose – Style of Play
At 6ft 2, you’d think Willian Jose is your typical target man striker. But he actually has more to his game than headers galore. Obviously he’s a massive physical presence with his height and coupled with strength on the ball, is difficult to bully for defenders. The former Brazil U20 striker is unsurprisingly very good in the air and therefore a massive aerial threat from set pieces. Jose can easily shield the ball from the opposition, enabling him to shine as a playmaker. Yes you heard me, playmaker.
One of the qualities the former Real Madrid loanee has is his technical ability and finding the best passes. The video shows how he plays his teammates in on occasions and actually has finesse to his game. Not exactly what you would expect from a striker with his frame. Apart from 2019/20, the Brazilian has done well as a creator in the attack. 13 assists across his previous 3 seasons and averaging 1.2 key passes per game in 2018/19. A target man with a creative edge.
But what Spurs fans will want to know most is his goal scoring ability. Now the video above is perhaps hard on Jose. Partially because it shows the chances he misses alongside the goals. But either way, I’m not blown away by his ability to put the ball in the back of the net.
Aside from the headers, he doesn’t look like a natural goalscorer. Each goal in video looks like he’s scuffing the shot or scrambling it in. I’m aware all that matters is putting the ball in the back of the net, which he has done consistently. Yet it’s hardly convincing. The movement and runs he makes are good, with the positions he gets to being great chances. 1.9 shots per game in 2019/20 shows he is getting these chances. Yet some of the misses and the goals he does score, they’re not that impressive.
Prove me wrong Jose
Perhaps it’s harsh to judge a player on a 9 minute highlight reel. However, from the outsider looking in, he doesn’t scream €70 million. Especially considering his age and the fact he isn’t Premier League proven. The creativity aspect is great, he’ll definitely help fill the void of the set to depart Christian Eriksen. But in terms of out and out goal scoring, I have my reservations.
Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, Willian Jose could be a good short term option or backup to Harry Kane. He certainly fits the Mourinho ilk of striker of strong powerful and good in the air. Fabrizio Romano has just tweeted that Tottenham are negotiating a fee and won’t pay the release clause. Still, even with Levy’s negotiation skills, I think we’re looking at £45-50 million. I don’t think he’s worth that, let alone the release clause. But he could easily prove me wrong. Whether he proves to be a success or not, only time will tell…
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