Since his £26 million move from Valencia in August, Soldado has found goals hard to come by in the Premier League – with four of his five goals coming from the penalty spot; three of these at White Hart Lane. He has also scored five goals in the Europa League against much weaker opposition. His only goal from open play came away at Aston Villa and he is yet to find the form he showed in abundance in Spain. Adebayor’s return to the side after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas has been a breath of fresh air, with the Togolose striker scoring four goals in seven appearances under Tim Sherwood.
Fans are crying out for the purchase of a new striker, but in January there are very few players available. Spurs have been linked to Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus, but both of these would need time to settle in England and would not be guaranteed to hit the ground running. There have also been links with Edin Dzeko and Javier Hernandez of the two Manchester clubs, but neither are likely to be sold by their respective clubs – especially to a fellow top club. In the youth squad Spurs have Harry Kane, who has been given a few opportunities in the past three seasons yet he lacks the experience required to help Tottenham push for a place in the coveted Champions League positions. The striker situation has become increasingly frustrating in the past ten years. The number of goals our strikers have contributed over the years has decreased rapidly, shown here:
|Year||Percentage of goals scored by out and out strikers|
The striking situation is often the area which has kept us out of the top four, especially last year. If it weren’t for the heroics of Gareth Bale in 2012-13 and Rafael van der Vaart in 2010-11, Spurs would have finished a lot lower than 5th on both occasions.
When Emmanuel Adebayor first joined the club, on loan in 2011, he scored 18 goals and also had 12 assists to his name. In our 2009-10 season we enjoyed goals from Defoe, Peter Crouch, Keane and Pavlyuchenko – scoring an impressive 56 goals between them that year. In both those years, we had an even spread of goals between our frontmen and this was telling as we finished in the top four. So why aren’t we learning our lessons?
When we signed Soldado from Valencia, we expected a talisman to be leading the line and scoring goals for fun, whilst embarrassing defenders. He has taken a long time to settle and suffered problems of the pitch when his wife suffered a miscarriage and the couple lost the child which was to be their third. However since his pairing up with Adebayor, he has looked much more lively and is more able to get involved in link up play with the midfield. Do we need a new striker or can Adebayor, Soldado and Kane get us through until May?
I think we do need someone, however I don’t think it’s possible this window unless we throw crazy money at a club or go for a loan deal. I don’t want to see us go abroad for a striker as the bedding in process is not one we can afford to handle. I think we are going to have to see a lot of goals from our midfield and wingers. Christian Eriksen already has three two goals in three games this year – and three under Sherwood – whilst Erik Lamela scored 15 goals in Serie A last season, a feat he has the potential to match should he get game time at White Hart Lane. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mousa Dembele, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend all have the potential to score many goals and there is no time like the present for them to put their goalscoring boots on. Also, wouldn’t it be nice to see Spurs to score off a corner? Step up Vertonghen, Kaboul, Dawson and Chiriches.
Whether we bring in a striker, or anyone for that matter, this window or not I feel we have the talent and quality in the squad to be able to do well in the Premier League and Europa League.