Spurs should move for Chelsea striker in January

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Jose Mourinho's second coming as Chelsea manager has been fraught with difficulty. While his side have been frequently mediocre on the pitch, he has also been beset with persistent queries over certain high-profile absences - namely those of Spanish star Juan Mata.

One particular issue that continues to dog the controversial Portuguese is the repeated lacklustre performances of his vastly underachieving striking unit.

After the unpopular decision to allow powerful Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku to join top-flight rivals Everton on a season-long loan deal, Mourinho will have been presumably infuriated to witness the lack of goal threat posed by the trio of Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.

In the case of the latter, I believe he is suffering from an inevitable crisis of confidence stemming largely from his chronic lack of first-team action in recent months and a total absence of faith in his talents from fans and pundits alike. 

Although the Senegalese international was handed a rare start at Carrow Road for the hotly-contested 3-1 win over Chris Hughton's Norwich City on Sunday - a game in which Ba expertly set-up Brazilian starlet Oscar's sweet first-half opener - it is highly unlikely that he will retain his starting role at the expense of his rivals for a sustained period of time.

It is for this reason that Ba should leave Stamford Bridge. And, what is more, Chelsea's fierce London rivals Spurs should be the ones to rescue him from his current nightmare.

Andre-Villas boas lavished £26 million on Valencia forward Roberto Soldado during the summer transfer window, and, while it would be ludicrously unfair to say that he is already threatening to become the latest in a long-line of big money flops, it is evident that he will require time to acclimatise to life in the Premier League.

In England international Jermain Defoe, Spurs boast a traditionally prolific backup to Soldado. However, despite his continued heroics in the much-maligned Europa League this season, Villa-Boas does not appear to fully trust the England international to lead the line in domestic competition.

Indeed, it would appear that Spurs need to recruit a striker to provide an adequate alternative to the misfiring Soldado with the physical attributes necessary to perform that often difficult lone front role. 

Although not quite as formidable a figure as Lukaku, Ba is a suitably intimidating physical specimen with admirable technique. 

Given the two team's status as geographical and title rivals, it could hypothetically prove to be somewhat difficult for the North London outfit to convince the Blues to dispense of Ba's services.

However, with Chelsea rumoured on the hunt for a big name striker when the window re-opens in January, coupled with the fact that Ba's recent troubles are likely to result in an unfortunate lack of interest in his signature this winter, completing a deal may be easier than one might initially anticipate. 

Ultimately, Tottenham will presumably continue to add world-class talent to their squad and Soldado probably won't be the only high-profile striker who joins the club over the coming seasons. 

However, with Defoe seemingly destined for a reserve role under Villas-Boas and Soldado evidently requiring time to settle in England, they need to find a short-term option to provide dependable cover. 

Ba, if he is able to re-discover the confidence and, subsequently, the valuable goalscoring touch that has been so cruelly taken away from him during his short stint at Chelsea, could be the ideal man. 

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Demba Ba
Tottenham Hotspur

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