Speaking in the days before yesterdays defeat to Chelsea, the Spurs boss confirmed his need for a new forward but took the time to point out just how difficult it is to find the answer to the problem.
His current set of strikers are on paper more than adequate, but the stats aren’t pretty, Peter Crouch has managed just 4 league goals, Jermain Defoe has managed 3 (2 of which were in one game) and Roman Pavlyuchenko has been the ‘best’ scoring 8.
If Tottenham do fail to get into the Champions League this season as now looks likely, it will be their chronic lack of goals that will have been the main contributing factor. The man that Harry Redknapp has now identified for next season according to the Daily Mail is young Italian striker Dani Osvaldo.
The Argentine born striker, who has dual citizenship between Italy and Argentina, has been in fine form in La Liga for Espanyol this season scoring 10 goals in 19 games. The paper points out that at 25 years old he would represent much better value than someone like Diego Forlan who would probably be just as expensive and yet is considerably older.
If the Mail is to believed, Osvaldo could represent a bit of a steal, they reckon that it would only cost about £12million to secure the striker. The newspaper quote Harry Redknapp talking of his frustration trying to find value for money in the transfer market, he said:
“..strikers are difficult to find. They’re big money. We went for (Villarreal’s Giuseppe) Rossi last year and he was suddenly £35m….We can’t afford Forlan. He’s a player who’s on about £120,000-a-week. By the time you pay a transfer fee, you’re talking about probably £28m and there’s no return on your money, is there? You can’t sell him at the end of it….For us to pay that sort of money is frightening.”.
In light of these quite reasonable and understandable comments, Osvaldo could really fit the bill. The Italy under 21 international would be considerably cheaper than some of the other options that the club have recently been linked with and there could be a sell on value since the striker is a lot younger than many of the other targets that ‘Arry has considered.
If Tottenham miss out on the top 4 this season they could really have their work cut out next year, if Manchester City do claim 4th they will spend big to keep it, and with a resurgent Liverpool it could be difficult for the White Hart Lane club. Osvaldo though could be a real benefit to them, they are crying out for a goal scorer and he could complement what they already have to a good degree of success.
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