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5 players to solve Spurs' goalscoring woes

Andre Villas-Boas' side were embarrassed by Manchester City at the weekend  (©GettyImages)
Andre Villas-Boas' side were embarrassed by Manchester City at the weekend (©GettyImages).

1) Edin Dzeko

The Bosnian-born striker appeared central to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's plans early in the season, starting many of the clubs opening fixtures.

However, the form of fellow strikers Sergio Agüero and Alvaro Negredo has seen Dzeko drop to the bench in recent weeks.

The former Wolfsburg man has eight goals in 16 appearances for club and country so far this season, and could prove the ideal solution to Spurs' attacking woes.

However, with table toppers Arsenal reportedly interested, Andre Villas-Boas will have to move quickly if he is to secure Dzeko's signature. 

2) Javier Hernandez

Another striker who appears out of favour at his club. Manchester United's 'little pea' is reportedly becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of game time under new manager David Moyes. 

'Chicharito' has an excellent goalscoring record during his stay in the Premier League, having scored an impressive 34 goals in 44 league appearances since 2010 for the Red Devils.

Although considered more of a poacher than an all round striker, the 25-year-old Mexican could be the perfect replacement for Spurs striker Jermain Defoe should he decide to leave the club in January in order to improve his World Cup chances. 

3) Christian Benteke

Heavily linked with a move to Spurs in the summer, Benteke eventually signed a new four-year contract with Aston Villa in July.

After suffering a hip injury against Norwich earlier in the season, Benteke has failed to score in six games since his return.

Nevertheless, the giant Belgian remains a top quality striker, having netted an impressive 23 goals during his first season in English football.

Villa would demand a minimum of £20 million for a young striker who recently signed a new deal, but if Daniel Levy was prepared to break the bank, Benteke would be an excellent addition. 

4) Andrea Pirlo

Although not a striker, the veteran Italian could prove the solution to Spurs lack of cutting edge around the penalty area.

Roberto Soldado has appeared isolated in recent weeks, and has struggled to recapture the form that saw the north London side splash out £26 million for his signature in the summer.

Pirlo's creative influence could be exactly what is required to bring the best out of Soldado and could negate the need to sign attacking reinforcements.

Although already 34 years of age, the Juventus midfielder is out of contract in the summer, and could be signed for a bargain fee. 

5) Emmanuel Adebayor

The former Manchester City striker endured a torrid second season at White Hart Lane and was the victim of much abuse from Spurs fans for a perceived lack of effort and bad attitude. 

However, Adebayor has showed in the past that he remains an incredibly talented player, and can prove influential when he wants to be. His chipped goal versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season showed his undeniable ability. 

In the 6-0 mauling by Manchester City at the weekend, Adebayor made his first appearance of the season. Although he was unable to influence the result of the match, his link up play and work rate impressed me greatly. 

If the Togolese striker can end his disputes with Villas-Boas and knuckles down for the good of the team, he could yet prove to be a decisive player for Spurs this season. 

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Edin Dzeko
Emmanuel Adebayor
Tottenham Hotspur
Christian Benteke
Javier Hernandez

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