As another January transfer window draws to a close it doesn’t come as a surprise to most Tottenham fans that no instant deals have yet to be done. The pre-signing of Lewis Holtby from Schalke may be fantastic but the impact of the player will not be tested until August despite the clubs attempts to bring him sooner. The lack of a quality striker seems to be staring majority of Spurs fans directly in the face so why it is that Daniel Levy is turning a blind eye?
After being linked over the years with moves for Loic Remy, Fernando Llorente and Leandro Damiao Spurs fans wished that one of them would end up in a lily white shirt. Unfortunately 2 out of 3 have opted for moves where they can increase their bank accounts rather than their credibility and in spite of constantly being linked with Damiao it does not look like any movement has been made.
Every winter window the fans wait with bated breath hoping Levy will ‘Pull it out the bag’ but in recent years it seems all that has been pulled out is 2nd rate players who are only good enough to warm the bench. If we review last seasons signings of Ryan Nelson and Louis Saha barely made an impact on the squad and failed to strengthen it in the way that was needed. Spurs wouldn’t want to repeat another poor second term due to lack of options and fatigue which ultimately led to loosing a 10 point gap over our fierce north London rivals and risk missing out on scared fourth sport again- that was a feeling they will not want to relive.
It is clear to see that the area in need is upfront, Jermain Defoe is a top class striker on his day but with him currently strapped to an 11 game goalless run it isn’t the most positive position when he is the main attacker. Emmanuel Adebayor lacks passion and commitment to the team, he walks around the box in the hope that the ball will magically appear at his feet and will not have to contribute anything else to the game. The Togolese can take credit for holding the ball up and at times getting involved, however the 6ft 4 striker is not consistent enough and does not deserve to be one of the highest earners at the club.
In the case of Clint Dempsey, fans cannot complain about the effort the forward puts in to every game and his ‘never say die’ attitude was displayed against United last week.
It’s been 5 long years since White Hart Lane could celebrate a player in Dimitar Berbatov who guaranteed goals every game and respected the club enough to give 100% effort when he wore the shirt. Since his departure we have failed to find a suitable replacement and Surely Mr Levy can see that we are falling short each season because of this. If the club had someone of his stature once again they could make sure that fourth spot was guaranteed to be theirs.
The lingering thoughts of loosing Gareth Bale is at the back spurs minds and are aware that if we miss out on champion’s league football he may not be the only one heading for the exit. A recent article showed that both Bale and Aaron Lennon are the two best wingers in the Premier League, if we had a striker upfront who was of a high enough quality we might be able to start converting the chances the two create.
It’s time for the chairman to wake up and see what the club need, Time to open the cheque book and sign someone who will add to the team and help in the race for fourth. The club, manager and the fans deserve to see more glory nights at the Lane and if Tottenham manage to bring in a goal scorer those special nights will be back again come next season.
Written By Abbi Summers