The lack of striking options upfront has been a headache for Tottenham for quite some time now.
The addition of Roberto Soldado was expected to solve the problem for the north London side. But the club record signing has failed to set the League alight and had to make way for Jermain Defoe who was shining in Europa League matches.
The West Ham match pointed out the deficiencies in the Spurs striker. He is a deadly striker when he is up against weak sides. But when surrounded by teammates and the opposition he looks like a small fish in a big pond.
Jermain Defoe was brilliant against the likes of Tromso and Anzhi in Europa League as were most of the Spurs second string players. Spurs' squad depth was well appreciated following the performances in European second tier competitions.
But when it came to Premier League, starting Defoe ahead of Soldado was a big risk. A risk which failed miserably, as the striker was woeful in-front of the goal. The only area he seems to excel in AVB's style of play is goal scoring, when he fails in that the team is absolutely playing with a man down.
Defoe rarely gets involved in Tottenham's build up play and he is nor a creator for his team mates. Due to his slight figure and shoot on sight policy, he has never been a target man as well. His passing and defensive contributions are also negligible to say the least.
Against West Ham on sunday, he had the openings to make it count for Spurs. AVB was bold to drop Soldado and bring Defoe in his place. Both the strikers are similar in nature and are completely different to Emmanuel Adebayor. And that exactly is the missing piece in Spurs jigsaw in the team.
Defoe's starting role not only brought unbalance to the team but also led to the team's downfall. He might be too good for the small teams or as a super sub. But not a regular starter for a top club like Tottenham Hotspur.
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