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Tottenham Hotspur striker proving to be a false dawn

Soldado has lost his shooting boots  (©GettyImages)
Soldado has lost his shooting boots (©GettyImages).

Besides Jermain Defoe, Tottenham have not possessed a regular goalscorer for a long time.

It seems clear that – having been relegated to the reserve team - Emmanuel Adebayor does not warrant his £100,000+ per week wages, and former players such as Peter Crouch and Romain Pavlyuchenko were just not consistent enough.

With the £26m signing of Roberto Soldado in the summer, many thought that Spurs would finally get the goals that they needed. Yet so far, the Spaniard has only scored four times for Spurs, and three of those goals have come from the penalty spot.

Indeed, one goal from open play is not a record that lives up to the player’s price tag. If you compare that strike rate to the likes of Christian Benteke of Aston Villa, then it makes for grim reading. The confident Belgian cost Paul Lambert just £7m and scored 19 league goals in 32 appearances last season.

Spurs now have a situation where they have a number of expensive summer signings that will want to be playing in the Champions League – namely Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho – but not a strike rate that will safely ensure a top-four position.

Indeed, manager Andre Villas-Boas could end up with a number of disgruntled star players in the summer if the club fail to finish inside the top four.

To compound the Portuguese’s problems, the Premier League is the most competitive that it has been in years. This fact cannot be illustrated any better than by the sight of Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton in 3rd place in the league table.

Spurs, Everton and Manchester United all sit on 20 points, with the Champions League positions above them separated by four points, with Chelsea in fourth on 21 points.

This kind of competitiveness needs a reliable goalscorer at the very least, and that is something that Spurs are currently lacking.Despite Jermain Defoe showing decent form in the Europa League, he has been unable to replicate that when given the chance in the league. 

With Soldado seemingly unable to provide the answers, another foray into the transfer window might be necessary, either in January or in the summer. The aforementioned Christian Benteke could be a good fit. 

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