It's that time of year again for Tottenham Hotspur fans. After so many inspired performances, winning streaks and coming out on top against their bitter rivals, their fall from grace is rearing its ugly head.
Pundits almost predicted to the exact date when this would happen, it is just that imminent.
Not all is lost for Spurs, and they still may cling on to that sought after Champions League place, but what do they need to see a season through comfortably?
Tottenham currently sit fourth with 58 points. Chelsea in third, only ahead on goal difference but with a game in hand, and bitter rivals Arsenal only behind by two points, also with a game in hand.
So what do Tottenham need to withhold their status as genuine top four, title contenders?
The fact that they are now in and around the top four every season is proof enough that they have the talent to reach it, but holding on to it for the entire season is a different kettle of fish.
With Lloris, Spurs now have world class between the posts. Jan Vertonghen is proving to be an inspired signing at Centre back, while Mousa Dembele seems to have filled the Luka Modric shaped hole in midfield.
Obviously Gareth Bale has been their shining light this season, so securing his services is number one on the list. But to do that, they need to exert their dominance in the transfer window.
With Emmanuel Adebayor scoring three goals in 20 appearances this season and Jermain Defoe going through a constant injury crisis; shopping for a striker has to be a close number two.
Who they will sign is anyone's guess. As usual, Tottenham have been linked with every striker from here to Brazil. But whoever it is, needs to have a proven track record for goals.
So which players obtain this proven track record of goals, goals, goals. And can Tottenham afford them?
Talk of Christian Benteke is all very well and good, however lets remember, it is his first season in the Premier League. Scoring 15 goals in 29 appearances is a good return for any striker, but how many players shine at first, to later fall away.
Papiss Cisse announced himself in the Premier League with astounding prominence, scoring the goal of the season in 2011-2012, after beating Petr Cech from an unimaginably tight angle. But this season he has struggled to hit prolific goal scoring form for Newcastle.
With reports of his availability at Barcelona, Villa could be obtained for the right price. With proven natural goal scoring instinct throughout La Liga and for the Spanish national team, he could prove a fantastic addition. And at 31, he shouldn't break the bank for Spurs either.
With the release clause in his contract stating that should QPR get relegated, Remy is allowed to leave for pastures new, Spurs could snatch him from the drop. I realise this too is his first season in the Premier League, however. Remy has proven his goal scoring ability in Ligue 1. And with a career total of almost a goal every two games, he could turn some Tottenham heads.
Such is the pace and vigour of the Premier League, signing a player who has only ever played in the Brazilian league could be seen as a risk. However, Damio has proven his class on the world stage, scoring three goals for his native Brazil. A club record of almost a goal every two games for Internacional is a decent one, and with Spurs coming so close to obtaining his signature in January he could well be on his way to North London.
With an exit from the Bernabeu apparently imminent, Spurs have a great opportunity to obtain Higuain's services. Since moving to Real Madrid from River Plate in 2006, the Argentinian has soared to 103 goals in 183 appearances. If Spurs can find the funds to pull this off, they would undoubtedly be adding world-class talent to their attacking ranks.
Adding one or two of these talented strikers would certainly aid Spurs' assault on the top four, while more importantly, seeing them keep hold of that coveted Champions League place. Savvy spending and driven determination in the forth-coming transfer window, could prove key to Tottenham Hotspur's foreseeable future.
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