Leandro Damiao, Christian Benteke, Edin Dzeko, Hulk, David Villa, Pablo Osvaldo - just a selection of the strikers Tottenham have been linked with over the past few seasons.

Finally, their search for a new forward has ended. Presenting Roberto Soldado.

The 28-year old Spanish international from Valencia joins in a record £26 million deal. Is he the answer to Spurs' striking problems?

Tottenham was once a club with an abundance of options up front. The club had Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe together on its payroll. Peter Crouch was also on the roster, too.

In the last couple of seasons Spurs have tried to get better quality up-front to compete on a higher level. They got it partly right by offloading all the ageing and under-performing forwards.

But they failed to attract the top talent. Lack of Champions League football for the past couple of seasons has definitely played its part.

Still, Spurs kept punching above their weight in the Premier League with Emanuel Adebayor and Defoe. Adebayor's incredible ability to perform only when contract talks are inline, had lead Spurs to a top four finish in 2011-12 season. Gareth Bale's rise to prominence in the last season ensured Spurs finished just a point behind fourth place Arsenal. 

The main problem with Defoe and Adebayor is that they do not stay in the box. Someone has to remind Adebayor that he is striker and his job in the team is to score goals. It is increasingly frustrating to see him drift out wide or fall back into his half to start an attack. He is a striker and he needs to be in the box to finish off chances created by his team-mates.

Same can be said of Defoe. He has an amazing ability to score spectacular goals from the edge of the box. But once he gets into the box, you can make a profitable bet that he is not going to finish the chances presented to him. Both of them rarely make any intelligent runs inside the box and create space for themselves.

Tottenham has numerous players who can put in decent crosses into the box. Harry Redknapp thrived on this when he played Crouch and Rafael Van der Vaart together. Now-a-days you rarely see tottenham score a goal from a cross in.

Soldado can provide all that Defoe and Adebayor lack. He is a poacher in the mould of Filippo Inzaghi and Raul. A clinical finisher with an eye to sneak in a goal.

His constant presence in the box will provide Spurs' wingers a body to aim at. He would also drag defenders with him, which will create space for the player in the hole, be it Gylfi Sigurdsson or Lewis Hotlby or Bale. 

The game of football is not always about the spectacular goals. One has to score even easy tap-ins in the season. Spurs rarely do that as they lack a player who can do that.

Soldado will provide that additional dimension in attack that Spurs were lacking for the last couple of seasons.

 

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