Tottenham Hotspur has been short of striking options ever since the departure of prolific duo Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.
As they made their way up top, Manchester United and Liverpool prized them away for a combined total of £50 Million. Even though Keane returned soon after failing to establish himself at Liverpool, he was not the same player. He looked lost without his partner in crime and was a shadow of his former self.
Even though Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Darren Bent and Emmanuel Adebayor tried to fill the void later on. Spurs strike force was not the same afterwards. None of them could replicate the duo's success. As a result Tottenham's strike force has been considered their weak link throughout the years.
Even though Adebayor produced some sensational performances while on loan, it soon faded away from memory due to his lacklustre displays this term. Defoe on the other hand continues to perform in his consistently inconsistent ways, reminding us about the need for a prolific striker.
This summer Tottenham have been chasing some big name strikers. David Villa moved to Athletico Madrid as Daniel Levy and team couldn't come to an agreement. Christian Benteke and Leandro Damiao are still remaining with their club, there seems to be no hope for Tottenham at all.
This leaves us with the remaining targets Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and Lyon forward Lisandro Lopez. Even though some reports claims that Tottenham have launched a club record bid for the La Liga striker and are close to agreeing terms, the deal hasn't been concluded yet, leaving the door open to more speculations. On the other hand, Lyon hitman Lopez has opened the door to reunite with his former Porto boss Andre Villas Boas.
There is no doubt that Tottenham need to strengthen their strike force, do they really need to splash a major chunk of their transfer fund to land the Spaniard, when they can land the Argentine relatively cheaper?
Soldado, might have scored goals for fun in La Liga with his typical poaching abilities. At 28, he will not possess much resale value for Spurs, if they wants to make business afterwards. The fox in the box, is heavily tilted towards shooting with his right foot and that might hinder his chances of continuing the goalscoring spree in a more competitive Premier League. He is also similar in style to Defoe, even though an upgrade, it's not a wise move to waste an enormous amount of money on the Spanish striker.
Lopez on the other hand is expected to be a relatively cheap addition. He is similarly built as Soldado, but the forward is versatile enough to occupy any of the front three in roles in a 4-3-3 system.
Lopez knows AVB's methods and will not take much time to implement the tacticians strategies on the pitch, which might not be the case with Soldado. Lopez is known for his on and off the ball movement, positional awareness and technique which makes him a regular goal scorer.
Soldado is not known for aerial duels and will find it hard to match the aerial battles in the Premier League. Lopez, even though slightly shorter, is more competitive in air. Lopez is also a good passer of the ball and is a better link up player as well.
Even though 2 years older than Soldado, Lopez will not have the weight of expectations which is going to come along with Soldado's big money move. Soldado might be eager to prove a point to establish himself as Spain's number 9, but he is not a guaranteed success. Similarly, we can expect Lopez to challenge the likes of Messi, Tevez, Aguero and Lavezzi for a spot in Argentine national team. Therefore he wont be short of the motivational factor as well.
Soldado might possess better goal scoring credentials than the Argentine, but he is definitely going to limit Tottenham's other transfer proceedings with his protracted big money move. On the other hand, Spurs will be able to chase a young and upcoming striker or a player with a bright future even after landing the Lyon striker.
Spurs should not waste any time on Soldado and should wrap up the deal for Lopez which will help them to chase potentially young super stars.
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