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Premier League striker is perfect for Tottenham

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Benteke would be an excellent addition at White Hart Lane (©GettyImages)
Benteke would be an excellent addition at White Hart Lane (©GettyImages).

Christian Benteke, the young Belgian, was in prolific form last year for Aston Villa, demonstrating his great strength, pace and, most of all, his ability to score plenty of goals - something which Tottenham were lacking last year.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe were both significantly less productive last season, which is no coincidence.

Tottenham played a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 under Harry Redknapp, with either both strikers playing together or Rafael van der Vaart sitting behind them.

So, what is different this year? Gareth Bale has filled in the role of Van der Vaart, so that raises the question why has there been a sudden drop in the amount of goals from the two strikers?

This is where the upheaval in tactics comes in. Andre Villas-Boas played a 4-2-3-1 system, which meant that the striker had a role which was very different to that under Redknapp.

The front-line has to be filled by one man, and both Defoe and Adebayor have failed to adapt to this through no fault of their own. For the lone-striker system to work, the man who puts the number nine shirt on has to have presence. And by this I mean strength and pace, whilst being able to win aerial battles the majority of the time.

Defoe had the pace when he wasn’t injured but lacked the strength and aerial ability to consistently threaten the opposition defensive line. Adebayor has the aerial ability, but often he found himself drifting towards the flanks or standing off the centre-backs. His pace does not need mentioning.

This doesn’t make them bad players, but they need to play with a striking partner, in order to complement each other, something which worked so well last year.

So that begs the question: who could Tottenham possibly sign that has pace, strength and aerial ability?

Benteke ticks all of these boxes and, even better, he is proven in the Premier League. This makes him a perfect fit for White Hart Lane; however, do not assume that he is certain to leave Aston Villa.

Paul Lambert is adamant that the Belgian will stay and Aston Villa have no incentive to sell, with Benteke being on a long contract and relatively low wages for his quality.

Does that ring any bells, Spurs fans? The difference between Bale and Benteke is that Benteke has admitted he wants to move and is not against forcing a move.

The rumoured fee is around £20m, and Daniel Levy would not be able to find a Premier League proven talisman that has the ability of Benteke.

He is also only 22, allowing lots of room for development, and something Mr. Levy loves: a potential high sell on fee.

So Benteke would do the job tactically, slotting in perfectly to the lone-striker role. He is also young and has lots of potential for improvement.

These qualities make him perfect for Spurs, but do not assume Levy will sign him up quick. There are many weeks of negotiations with many clubs ahead and the large fee could be a stumbling block.

This story is going to drag on until transfer deadline day.

 

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Topics:
Premier League
Jermain Defoe
Tottenham Hotspur
Football
Christian Benteke
Emmanuel Adebayor
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