Main Striker for Newcastle?
We all knew there was a certain inevitability that when we didn't buy a striker, one or both of what we have, would break down and cause the wheels to fall off and we fall flat on our faces once again.
Of course at a time of crisis, everyone needs a hero to step in and save the day, or in this case the season. Though he looks more James Bond Villain than James Bond, Emmanuel Adebayor is the obvious and seemingly prefect man to step in and bring us Champions League football once again. Question is, whether he is fit, willing and able to face Newcastle this weekend and if he isn't, who steps in?
Clint Dempsey has scored an impressive five goals in his last seven games, however, is he still more effective starting from a deeper position as opposed to leading the attack? Though Clint may be a short term solution, he just doesn't look to have that X-Factor to be the main striker. That isn't a direct criticism of him as a player, but it is just that he is better served elsewhere in the line-up, though it could be argued that with Lewis Holtby looking so promising, his most likely role is from the bench.
I read with interest that Chris Coleman is considering playing Gareth Bale in a central attacking role for Wales, and if we consider that he is our best player and perhaps most lethal finisher, is that worth a try for Spurs, at least for Newcastle, should Adebayor still be tired. Of course what happens if he starts there are scores a couple and looks fantastic? Do we keep him there for the longer term?
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been talked about by AVB as being a player that is potentially able to lead the attack, but I still feel he is better served as a deeper lying player, perhaps from wider positions. Could he hope that Bale takes the lead and that gives him a better chance of nicking a wide role? Maybe Gylfi needs to be given a role and to feel loved and valued. Could pushing him into a main strikers role be something that will inspire him?
According to reports, Harry Kane was outstanding for our U-21s against West Ham on Monday, scoring one and setting up another for Jon Obika. He certainly made a statement, but is he or Obika ready for the big stage and Tottenham's first XI now? For me, the best he can or should hope for in the short term is a place on the bench. Give him a chance to prove himself as a sub, and lets see how he gets on from there. If he produces the goods, either in performance of goals, I can see him as a serious alternative for the 3rd striker position next season, but he, like Defoe and Adebayor will be in a position where they need to prove their worth to remain as striking solutions, beyond this season. At least in the case of Kane, he has plenty of time on his side. Can the same be said for Jermain and Adebayor?
Of course the hope will be that Emmanuel Adebayor returns to Bulls Cross super charged and ready to make a statement and reignite his Tottenham career. A fit and firing Adebayor, could be just the man to take the team to another level, but equally on his form this season, he could be a waste of space and we need to look at alternatives. Question is, whether we have other options and from what we do have, which is the best and most effective pick for AVB???