There seems like no way back to contention for Emmanuel Adebayor and with just two senior strikers available to Andre Villas-Boas as a result Tottenham seem intent on going back into the January market for reinforcements. Here’s what they should be looking for.
Spurs next outing comes against Villa in the Capital One Cup, a match in which bwin will refund all losing first-half correct score, correct score or multiple correct score wagers if Roberto Soldado scores at any point during the game, even extra-time!
No amount of Weetabix is going to turn Soldado or Jermain Defoe into a dominant back-to-goal centre-forward at this stage, with Defoe in particular resembling a little boy trying to retrieve his lunch money from the school bully when tries admirably to compete for balls over the top.
A genuine physical force would offer his Lilywhite teammates an alternative way to play out from the back, a way to release defensive pressure and a hub off which their scheming midfielders could revolve.
Now Adebayor is out of the picture, Spurs’ first team strikers are Lilliputian by modern athletic standards, with ‘Hightower’ Soldado peering down a full 5in onto the crown of the 5ft 5in Defoe’s bonce.
Only seven of Tottenham’s Premier League goals came from headers last term, a total doubled by Manchester United, Everton and Norwich and dwarfed by Chelsea’s 18 nodded net-bulgers.
Harry Kane is failing to make a serious case for himself as being part of the next generation of centre-forwards at White Hart Lane and as a result there’s a big gap in the line of striking succession.
Soldado and Defoe are 28 and 30 respectively so the next gunslinger through the door needs to be an up-and-coming striker in his early twenties to bridge the gap between the senior pros and the youth team.
Spurs tried to sign Christian Benteke in the summer and you can certainly see why given the attributes their forwards lack at present.
However, Benteke’s main rival for the Belgian number nine jersey Romelu Lukaku would be an equally ideal addition.