Tottenham Hotspur: Top 5 striker targets
Tottenham Hotspur: Top 5 striker targets
With Emmanuel Adebayor currently tied up with Togo at the African Cup of Nations, Tottenham are left with Jermain Defoe as their only remaining senior striker.
Despite having already grabbed ten goals in the league this season, Tottenham have only scored 40 goals in the campaign as a whole, with only Everton having scored less in the the top seven.
With Spurs’ calendar beginning to get congested, still fighting in the Europa League and FA Cup as well as the Premier League, manager Andre Villas-Boas could be on the look out for a top striker to help Tottenham’s push for a trophy.
Here are five candidates to fire Tottenham to glory:
Gary Hooper, Celtic
The Celtic forward has been linked with a move back to White Hart Lane, after being released as a schoolboy.
The former Scunthorpe man has been on fire since joining the Bhoys in 2010, having netted 71 goals in just 116 appearances at the Glasgow club.
Hooper won the SPL Golden Boot, on the way to helping his side win the Scottish Premier League title last season.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Schalke 04
The Dutchman has been on fire since his move to Schalke from AC Milan in 2010.
Huntelaar has managed to score 42 goals in just 73 league appearances for the German club and was even averaging more goals than fellow countryman Robin van Persie last season.
The 29-year-old currently has just six months left on his contract, alerting many top clubs of his availability, with Schalke wanting around the £10million mark before they sell their star striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, St Etienne
Aubameyang has been gaining more and more suitors, since being given a chance by St Etienne last season.
The 23-year-old was on fire, scoring 16 goals in the league last season, coming fourth in the top scorers standings behind the likes of Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud.
Aubameyang is currently still playing for the French club, as Gabon were unable to qualify for the African Cup of Nations this time around, so would be able to make his debut straight away, if Villas-Boas was to sign him.
Heung-Min Son, Hamburg
While the South Korean international is not scoring on the par of Huntelaar and Aubameyang, at the age of 20, he is rated as one of the brightest Asian talents.
Being so young, he has the time to increase his potential to become a world-class star, if Tottenham were to come in and buy the Hamburg striker.
Noted as a striker, he can also play on the wing, possessing raw pace and excellent dribbling ability to pass defenders with ease, which is why Tottenham have already come calling for him.
Adrian Lopez, Atletico Madrid
Despite being in the shadow of team-mate Radamel Falcao, Lopez has still been able to bang in a few goals of his own.
The Spanish international managed to score 18 in all competitions for Atletico Madrid, despite Falcao grabbing 24 goals in the league alone last season.
With many glittering performances and playing a huge part in seeing Atletico Madrid rising to second in the league this season, ahead of rivals Real, it is no wonder many of Europe’s elite have come calling for Adrian.
While Aubameyang and Son look like good young players and ones for the future, they do not possess the amount of experience that Tottenham would need to secure a place in the Champions League next season.
As for now, I believe that any manager who passes up the opportunity to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is either broke or has gone bonkers.
Although he has not done too well at his previous clubs, such as AC Milan and Real Madrid, when a player is scoring more goals on average than Robin van Persie, and at a bargain price of under £10 million, then it would be stupid not to consider placing a bid.
The former Ajax man has the physique and strength to handle the pressures of the Premier League and Tottenham would do well to sign him.
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