Tottenham Hotspur squad sheet might be looking thin when it comes to the strikers department. At the same time, there is another area which is overloaded with too many players.
Unfortunately for Iago Falque, he belongs right there in the second branch. The 23-year-old Spaniard, who wore the Barcelona and Juventus shirts before arriving at White Hart Lane, is struggling to get playing time at the moment and is far way down the pecking order in a long chart.
In 2011-12 season, Tottenham loaned Falque to then Championship side Southampton with the aim of acclimatising to the English conditions. The youngster failed to impress Saints manager Nigel Adkins and returned after 6 months without learning much.
Tottenham used Falque last season to rest the regulars in cup games and in Europa League. Even though he excelled over the youngsters in the Barclays U-21 Premier League with six goals and six assists in eight appearances, the Spaniard failed to replicate those kind of performances in the senior team.
Soon he was shipped to the then Spanish Segunda division side Almeria in search of regular playing time. He did okay with them without producing the spectacular. For the second season in a row, Falque's temporary club got promoted to top division and he returned to Tottenham Hotspur.
At White Hart Lane, his chances are looking very bleak. The likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby, Andros Townsend and new signing Nacer Chadli are all ahead of him in the pecking order, and in the competition for attacking midfielder/winger roles.
Even though 3 slots are available in AVB's 4-2-3-1 system, supremely talented players are locked in a healthy competition in which he looks like a mismatch.
The 23-year-old is nowhere in the picture at the moment, especially after the addition of Chadli. Spurs are trying to balance the books with the sales of Clint Dempsey. Then why not Iago Falque?
With upcoming youngsters Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Christian Ceballos and Alex Pritchard doing more than enough in U-21 league, Falque isn't needed at White Hart Lane at all.
Falque tried hard to impress during his Almeria campaign, he registered three goals and five assists for them. But that stat or performance isn't enough for a top quality side like Tottenham.
Spurs should not waste any more of their wage budget on a player like Falque. Barcelona and Juventus realised the same earlier, surely it's Tottenham's turn?
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