Do we need another striker?
With renewed talk of our looking to sign former star and rebel, Dimitar Berbatov, it seems there may be conflicting ideas between Chairman and "Head Coach"…
Yesterday we read that Daniel Levy was attracted by the prospect of picking up Berbatov for £1.5m from Fulham, Whilst Tim Sherwood, claims we don`t need another striker, despite selling Jermain Defoe. Sherwood, has indicated that he has other options in attack such as Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, should anything happen to Soldado or Adebayor, whilst in Harry Kane, he has a star of the future. Question is, who is right and of course is Sherwood telling the truth when he says he is happy with the players he has?
Berbatov, who will be 33 on the 30th of this month, is clearly an artist of the game and one of the best players in our modern history, however would his signing be a step forward or backwards? Certainly a short term solution that not only covers for the loss of Defoe, but perhaps allows Harry Kane to get regular football elsewhere, should the opportunity arise.
With an ability to play as the out and out striker or a deeper role, you feel he is a natural option to cover or compliment Adebayor or Soldado and although you know you wouldn`t be getting a workhorse, you can bet his vision and quality would once again be great to watch, should he retain his appetite for the game, which has at times for me, been lost in the relegation battle at Fulham.
Of course much depends on how Sherwood see`s the team shape evolving. Does he want to retain one or two strikers as his main formation, and does he honestly feel that Lamela and Chadli have the game to lead our attack? Despite claims that Soldado is top quality, is he really a player that Sherwood wants for the long term or would for example, he prefer a player like Benteke, who is more Ade than Robbie from next season?
Personally, I would definitely take Berbatov, and use him for the short term. I like Harry Kane very much, but still feel he has to develop and is more a No10 that No9, but he could learn a great deal for the Bulgarian or equally with a spell away playing regular football, as I feel he is a player that will come on in leaps and bounds with more experience and confidence.
At the suggested £1.5m fee and should the wages be reasonable (ish), I feel Berba, is worth the gamble, but equally I can understand Sherwood`s thinking that we need to work with and no doubt keep happy the players we have and I can certainly see the benefit of giving someone like Lamela games in the central areas as his long term role, and signing someone else in that position will surely stifle his chances and development and that may well prove a bigger loss than another strikers gain...