Leandro Damiao has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but would the Internacional striker's style of play suit the White Hart Lane outfit?
At 1.87 meters, the Brazilian is not only good in the air but has deft footwork, which makes him one of the best young talents in the world. A typical Samba boy, Leandro is good at dribbling and can also use both feet to shoot or get past defenders. His ability to stay composed in and around the box is one of his major strengths. With a strong physical presence, his ability to adapt to the English game also looks likely and thus this move for Andre Villas-Boas’ side will always reap them some positives.
The Brazilian's exceptional talent will definitely compliment Gareth Bale's quality on the field with both players pacy and agile enough to cut past defenders. The presence of Bale, Moussa Dembele, Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson will only add to Spurs' riches in attack, making them one of the best attacking sides in England. Although he is a bit selfish in play - an out and out striker who rarely gets involved in the build up - Spurs' depth in the midfield means that a lethal finisher is just what they need.
Spurs are currently heavily dependent on talisman Bale for the goals and need a striker that can score 25 goals a season. Although Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor have quality, the duo will be turning 30 next season and thus their form is going to be on the wane.
Not only this, but both the experienced forwards don’t seem to manage a run of games well, often having injury setbacks multiple times in a season. Lewis Holtby, on the other hand, has just begun his career on British shores, though looks like a winner for Spurs in the long term.
As far as the competition they provide to teams vying for the top four spots, Tottenham’s attack looks as good as any other sides’ on their day. But with Damiao added to their squad, Tottenham will not only have another dimension in the form of playmaker-cum-striker but also an increased depth with four top notch forwards to choose from. And that, in my opinion, is required for Spurs to take the plunge from top four candidates to Premier League challengers.
Furthermore, this purchase could also spur Bale on and persuade him to stay in London. Bale will have some top class sides vying for his signature and unless he is convinced about Tottenham’s ability to win some trophies, he is likely to move on.
To build a young talented team around the exceptional Welshmen should be their target as players like Bale are not going to be scouted by them for another generation or so and getting Damiao will show exactly that.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has always done well in the transfer market by getting excellent prices for players and will be thinking the same about Bale, but this time a change of approach might be necessary. He should be thinking about solutions to keep Bale happy not only financially but to surround him with young world-class players so as to raise Tottenham’s stock on the field, thereby kick-starting a period of success for the club.
Signing Damiao will be a step in that direction and will assure fans that this Tottenham side is building on their success and not just lying back on their achievements.
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