They may have been the most impressive side this transfer window just gone, and we in the Football Transfer Tavern commend them. The fact remains however, Tottenham Hotspur are still looking a little bit lightweight in one area.
Their midfield may be second to none – make no mistake – and the combinations and options afforded to Andre Villas Boas are sensational. They also have a world class goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris and were so confident in their back four that they allowed Steven Caulker to leave. Pretty decent by anyone’s standards.
Their forwards however are not too impressive. As one of our punters in the tavern notes over their burger and beer combo deal, whilst not at the Chelsea doom and gloom levels, there is a fair bit to be desired.
Roberto Soldado may have impressed since his arrival and has certainly settled into the top flight of English football like a duck to water. Take the former Valencia hitman out of the equation however and there are few other options for the club.
Andre Villas-Boas is so desperate to get rid of Emmanuel Adebayor he is reportedly willing to send the striker on loan to Queens Park Rangers. A summer sale would have been on the cards, but frankly, no one wanted the Togolese forward. Given his temperament and lack of effort in all but contract years, our barmaid points out that you can hardly blame them.
The season is long and hard. Injuries and suspensions are inevitable – not to mention the fact that players need a rest from time to time. Spurs have invested heavily in their squad and that means that success is a must.
To achieve this, getting as far as they can in all four competitions is mandatory. The North London club will want to challenge for the title and domestic cups, meaning strong squads have to be put out each game.
The Europa League is a trophy that AVB takes more seriously than most – but again makes a club’s season so much longer. Because of all this, it is impossible to expect Soldado to start every game. He may even be laid off for a long period of time. Should this be the case – and Spurs fans are touching our wooden bar to hope it is not – here are five options AVB can try instead.