Date:Saturday February 2 2013
So another window and still no striker. Except of course that we did buy a striker in the summer, and one who many felt could never be brought in.
There can be many justifiable complaints that we left ourselves short of attacking options when this season kicked off, but only one striker can realistically and significantly impact the remainder of the season for us and that is Emmanuel Adebayor. Only ONE!! other striker was more effective than Adebayor last season in the entire league and that was a certain Robin Van Persie, who contributed to an astonishing 52% of his teams goals ( goals scored and assists combined), Ade contributed to 42% of ours.
17 goals and 11 assists in the league (don't forget he also had two or three legitimate goals disallowed), the only striker to reach double figures in both categories, and yet people act like this signing doesn't count, doesn't in any way tackle the striker issue since Berbatov left?!? Yet these numbers are much higher than Berbatov ever delivered. Can anyone really tell me that there are players whom we could have brought in this January who would realistically match this level immediately?
We now have a brief period where we are certainly short of strikers, and this was something that could only have been avoided in the summer. Leandro Damiao was never going to be scoring freely for us in the next few weeks and no January signing will not need some time to adapt and settle. The big question is can we see the Adebayor of 11/12 make a return, because that is the striker we really need now.
The prevailing theory is that Adebayor couldn't care less now that he has his contract. I don't agree at all. 'I'm back!!!! Tottenham here I come!! I'm hungry for goals...Get ready' were the words from the man himself. What he really didn't expect though, was that he would no longer be the main man. Strikers are temperamental creatures and they want to be number 1.
There are mitigating reasons, he was not fit enough, niggling injuries, the red card and then Defoe's form, but the fact remains that Adebayor was very effective for us when played as the lone striker and that is the one thing that he hasn't been given the chance to do this season. Defoe is the worst striker to partner with, he is petulant when not picked, will never pass if you are in a better position and only cares about getting on the score sheet himself. He has frustrated every player he has ever teamed up with and whether he scores or not, his presence is to the detriment of his team mates' performances.
I would also suggest that his attitude does rub off on others too, Bale, Dempsey and Adebayor all shoot more often too rather than look for the pass. What the January window did bring us is the arrival, in Holtby, of the perfect replacement for VDV and perhaps the missing link to a rejuvenated Adebayor. Ade will miss chances, although he was scoring about 1 in 5 last season, but he will bring out the best in the others around him, he holds the ball up pretty well, is a presence in the air, and because he is not in anyway selfish he makes the whole attacking unit much less predictable and much harder to defend against.
It is time for Defoe to sit a bit, be used as an impact sub, and it's time for the star striker we wanted to get on a plane and start from where he left off last season. This is a world class player, he has experience in this league, he has played for some of the biggest teams in the world but both the manager and we fans need to start showing him the love ;) so Come On You Burkina Fasos
Written by Guernman
Date:Saturday February 2 2013
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