Strikers - fantasy vs. reality
As with many recent articles, the subject of this one is based largely on speculation. And there can be little doubt that we would benefit from strengthening our squad in many areas.
Of course at this time of the year, every club in the world is the subject of tranfer rumours and media gossip. Certainly none more so than our beloved Spurs. But now, as in the last few transfer windows, surely our focus has to be on strengthening our front-line. Now, is it seems to have been taken as read that we will favour a 4-3-3 formation under AVB. This is probable, if by no means certain. And of course all coaches and teams have to be adaptable to various formations and shapes. Come what may, we are woefully short of striking options.
I have, in other articles, voiced my doubts over Harry Kane. Nothin would please me more than to have the next 'bright new thing' to have emerged from or ranks and take the league by storm. Sadly, and I hope I'm proved wrong, I just don't see it being Kane. He looks flat-footed, short of pace, and shows no sign of having the tactical nous or ability to see and make runs that are essential in a modern striker. In a Premier league squad, he is nowhere near good enough to be a starter (yet).
So with the working assumption that a squad should have a minimum of 4 strikers, I would prefer to give Coulibaly a squad number and have him as 4th choice. I have Defoe down as no better than a 3rd choice striker in the modern Premier League. His career record is patchy at best, and at the age where he will be losing maybe a yard of pace it would be dangerous to rely too much on him as a starter. This is lousy timing of course to be having a dig at JD, and I'm sure I have the support of everyone on here when I send him all my sympathy and condolences.
This is all a long winded way of posing a question on here. I'm sure most of you have guessed by now what that question is: Realistically, bearing in mind we do not have unlimited spending power, that we are not in Europes elite competition, and that we would appear to be a minor gamble for a major player, who should we be bidding for? Who is a realistic option? And who would YOU sign if you were in the hotseat?
I don't want this to come across as a 'fantasy league' rip-off. But on most articles on here, the posts eventually centre on transfers and our own targets, strikers especially. So I though it would be a good idea to have a dedicated article to get all the views and ideas on one page. Over to you Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
Written by LilyWhiteHart