Case for the offence!
I think I am going to talk about the most stunningly obvious talking point that is on the lips of all Spurs fans, but I hope to put a bit more meat on the bones.
So...here goes...when are we going to buy a striker? Unbeaten in 8 league and cup with 5 wins and only 3 goals conceded, it could be argued that the current squad is good enough, but when you look behind these stats, should it have been better? Blanks against Stoke and QPR have cost points and, it could be argued that we should have won against Man Utd. We only conceded one goal in those 3 games, so the finger cannot be pointed at the defence.
It looked on September 1st that we were light up front and Adebayor's absence (since last season) only makes that a bigger concern. The problem is the lack of a genuine number 9. 'How antiquated', I hear you shout. 'You don't need a number 9 in the modern game'. Well maybe some teams (Barcelona) don't, but the truth is we have a squad of players that demand a target man. Defoe cannot play on his own against good defences (see Man Utd game) and his form is just a little too erratic to justify that tag.
I am a fan of Dempsey, but not in the striker role. A target man could take either of these to the next level, alongside Defoe in a 4-4-2 or with Dempsey behind in a 4-2-3-1. We don't have the creativity in the team that we had with VDV and the Madrid exile, but in Dembele and Parker (Sandro is potentially world class midfielder, possible player of season, and his absence saddens me beyond words) we have a very combative midfield. But it makes the use of our wingers even more important.
A target man gives them another option and another threat from set pieces. So what is the criteria? He must better the first eleven, not just the squad. I think it is time for Levy to really back his manager. I am not a Levy basher. I think the club has been very well run. But, even though AVB has spent a fair amount of money, we have recouped the same amount of money mostly through the two previously mentioned players. There must be money there and surely the fillip of CL cash must be worth the investment.
I am not Daniel Levy, AVB or the Tottenham scouting team. I don't know who is genuinely available and at what price (just out of interest, I cannot stand ITK or ITBS as it should be known), so I don't have any answers. But if Damaio, Huntelaar, Llorente are available and interested, go and pay the money. If no one is available and/or interested then fine; however, if we miss out on CL because there wasn't a bargain available, I think it would be unforgivable. COYS!
Written by Gibyid