Spurs need a striker to banish end of season curse

by Jake Evans

Andre+Villas-BoasAndre Villas-Boas has had a relatively successful first season in charge of Tottenham Hotspur as they sit fourth in the Premier League and occupy the final Champions League place. However, a poor result at home to Basel in the Europa League and an inconsistent run of domestic form, could see a season full of eye-catching performances and impressive results go entirely unrewarded.

Spurs often suffer from end of season syndrome, and have been known to implode at this time of season in the past, which usually means granting success to their North London rivals Arsenal, who sit two points behind with a game in hand. It has been well documented that Tottenham have been over reliant on Gareth Bale’s goals season, and the Welshman may well be angling for a move away from the club during the summer transfer window.

Emmanuel Adebayor was absent for over a month whilst on International duty with Togo at the 2013 AFCON and has struggled with league goals this season, scoring just three times. Jermain Defoe has a typically impressive goals to minutes ratio with 10 league goals in 25 starts for the club, but has struggled with a series of muscular injuries and doesn’t always seem comfortable as the lone front man in AVB’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Tottenham need strength in depth up front and Daniel Levy must add to his strike force if his club are to challenge for honours until the final game of the season. Here’s a look at some of his likely targets:

Loic Remy

Loic Remy only joined QPR in January but his agent secured a release clause of just £8m should the Hoops be relegated. That looks increasingly likely following Wigan’s last minute equaliser at Loftus Road on Sunday to leave Harry Redknapp’s side 7 points adrift of safety. Remy has adapted seamlessly to English football and has scored 5 goals since his arrival, making him the club’s top goalscorer. Tottenham owner Daniel Levy had previously shown interest in signing the French striker from Marseille, but was deterred by the £15m valuation. His versatility could make him Tottenham’s number one transfer target, as he can also be utilised on the right side of midfield to provide competition for Aaron Lennon should he not be first choice striker at White Hart Lane.

Christian Benteke

The Aston Villa target man has been unstoppable at times this season. 15 league goals for a team that have been fighting relegation is an achievement that makes him a potential candidate for the player of the season award. Villa’s young side have struggled under Paul Lambert and have often had to rely on the Belgian striker’s goals and influential line-leading performances to get results. At just 22 and with three years left to run on his current deal, he won’t come cheap, but it would be difficult for him to resist a move to Spurs and the lure of European football should they secure it.

Leandro Damiao

The young Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao is another player Daniel Levy has been watching for some time. The Internacional forward was the top goalscorer at the London 2012 Olympic Games and is a reported target for a host of top European clubs including PSG, Napoli and Arsenal. Damiao lacks pace and is nowhere near Benteke and Remy in terms of speed, but he has an unteachable eye for goal and always hits the target when in and around the penalty box. He would add another dimension to Tottenham’s strike force and provide a good alternative to either Defoe or Adebayor. He has the ability to operate alone up front, but whether he would be able to settle in England and adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League remains to be seen.

5 Responses

  1. serious says:

    Get both Remy and benteke and add erikson and mountinuo to that with a good left back and where in bussiness. I think it was a good season even if we do not make top four, as who expected us to when we sold modric and the legend that is VDV?

  2. George says:

    Spurs need rid of Levy now.

  3. RonnyCOYS says:

    I said when we kicked off season 2011-21012 that we were going to regret not having signed a top drawer striker and I said it again last August. AVB has done incredibly well considering we have played without any strikers this season. I don’t consider Defoe a top striker. He has never been a 20+ goal a season striker and at 30 his time at the top is over. I judge players by asking if they would hold down a place in the teams above us and the answer with Defoe is emphatically NO. Therefore not good enough. As for Adebeyor the least said the better. I wont waste any more copy on him. All our main competitors have 4 strikers – we have struggled without one of any proven quality. Is it any wonder therefore that we will fail to qualify for the CL? If we’d signed one in the Summer of 2011, we would have finished 3rd last season and would have been out of sight for a place this season. I don’t know who we have tried to sign in the last couple of years but in failing to land a top striker we have made it virtually impossible to kick on from the platform built by Harry Redknapp. Now we are likely to lose Bale and that will set us back a couple of seasons. No CL will mean the best players won’t come to the Lane and Daniel Levy will have to rely on signing young prospects from around Europe and hope that AVB can mould them into a team. Unfortunately as Spurs supporters this is a scenario we’re all too used to.

  4. Feenix says:

    Everyone knows we needed strikers except for the tight fisted man who matters…Daniel Levy. The guy is a jerk and his only interest is seeing how little he can pay for a player and how much he can get for one of ours. Over the past five seasons you will see Levy’s net spend is nothing and he actually made money on players sold rather than money spent on players. There has been no real investment in the team for years and hardly likely to be after the last transfer window fiasco leaving Spurs fans to believe that once again Levy’s bids for Damiao and Moutinho were just that…bids to make him look good but no real intent on buying the players yet again for another transfer window that we all fall for. As long as Levy and Lewis are running the club we are going nowhere.

  5. We all know who the candidates are, including old favourites who never arrive but are always just about to: Damiao, Remy, Moutinho. Someone will have to explain to me why new strikers are supposed to help at the end of the year — Tottenham has had new strikers before and this always happens this time of year.

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