Top five: Tottenham striker targets
We take a look at five forwards Tottenham should look to sign in order to challenge for the Premier League title
Over the last few years Tottenham have failed to establish a strikeforce of real dominance, although they have attempted to fill the void with talented individuals such as Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Emmanuel Adebayor and Peter Crouch.
However, it can be argued that none of these forwards are truly world-class, yet all have shown glimpses of real quality at particular stages of their careers.
In fact, Tottenham have failed to possess a truly powerful strike-force since the prolific partnership of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane who, along with regular substitute Defoe, managed to hit over 60 goals in a single season.
David Villa is no longer a possibility due to his very recent transfer to Atletico Madrid.
Tottenham desperately needs someone who can hit 30 goals a season on a regular basis.
With Adebayor seemingly on his way out after a largely poor year and Defoe lacking consistency, this appears to be an area in which Andre Villas-Boas must address now.
Therefore we have selected the five forwards who can allow Tottenham to challenge for Premier League glory.
5. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) Value: £40m+
The Anfield man would be a very unpopular choice amongst the Spurs faithful due to his poor sportsmanship which included racially abusing Patrice Evra, biting Branislav Ivanovic and a host of other incidents such as pushing and cheating generally.
However, regardless of his failings as a human being, Suarez is a sensational football player. His ability to score from incredible range, as well as the tireless effort he puts in for his team are most laudable.
If Tottenham were to sign the Uruguayan they would certainly not be let down by his playing ability. It is a pity the same cannot be said for general behaviour. Chance of joining Spurs: 2/10
4. Jackson Martinez (FC Porto) Value: £25m
One of Porto’s most impressive signings in recent years, the Colombian international hit a mouth-watering 26 goals in 27 league appearances last season, helping his club to the Portuguese title.
He is blessed with an ability to score with both feet and is just as capable in the air due to his fantastic leap.
At 6ft1 he is a superb target man, which Spurs need greatly should they consider playing AVB’s preferred 4-3-3 formation.
However, he is an untested quality in the Premier League so it may be safer to go with a player who has experience in the English top division. Chance of joining Spurs: 5/10
3. Roberto Soldado (Valencia) Value: £15m
The Spanish hitman is essentially a more prolific version of Martinez. He is excellent in the air and leads the line in excellent fashion.
With 59 goals in 101 games for Valencia, Soldado has an impressive reputation and it is thought that he is high on AVB’s wishlist this summer as he looks to stamp his mark on the Spurs squad. Chance of joining Spurs: 7/10
2. Leandro Damiao (Internacional) Value: £15.5m
A long-time transfer target, the Brazilian was coveted by Harry Redknapp before his time at White Hart Lane came to an end.
AVB, too has failed to bring the Brazilian to Tottenham but this could be about to change with a move looking highly likely this summer.
Damiao was Brazil’s top goalscorer at the London Olympics and he has been touted for greatness by Pele himself.
Another player who has little experience against the big teams of Europe, it is Damiao’s youth and potential which makes him stand out as viable target.
Moreover, the fact that Spurs have secured the signing of fellow Brazilian Paulinho and already have Sandro within the ranks, may just be enough to tempt Damiao to White Hart Lane. Chance of joining Spurs: 8.5/10
1.Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) Value: £25m
Benteke is the perfect man for Tottenham. With respect to Villa fans, he is a big fish in a small pond and, had it not been for last year's goalscoring heroics then they would have almost certainly been relegated.
However, they stayed up and this leaves Paul Lambert in a strong negotiating position to keep his prized Belgian asset.
While it is acknowledged that, at the age of 22, Benteke has time on his side, it is clear that Spurs do not. They need a new strikeforce now and there is no better option than the Villa forward.
Due to the fact that Villa have no real need to sell their superstar striker, this may be a difficult acquisition for Spurs, but with Daniel Levy at the transfer helm, it is a possibility. Fellow Belgian international, Mousa Dembele may also be of some use in persuading his countryman to join him at White Hart Lane. Chance of joining Spurs: 7.5/10
But what do you think? Who should Spurs sign to improve their strikeforce? Leave your comments below.
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