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AVB’s January Hit List? My Top 5 Targets

AVB wants new signings in January and after his team gave it their best against Chelsea to no avail on Saturday he may need them.

Spurs have looked good this season but are far from the finished article. Here are 5 plausible transfers that could enhance their already talented squad:

  • Wilfried Zaha: 

It seems that this young man is going places, unfortunately for Crystal Palace. The London club have said that they aren’t selling but we aren’t even in November yet so his agent can still whisper sweet nothings in the ear of this prodigious young talent to get a move to the Premiership and a bumper pay day for whomever the agent is. Either way with Gareth Bale missing the Chelsea game on Saturday to be with his girlfriend as she gave birth to a baby girl, congrats Gareth and Emma, Tottenham’s left side looked decidedly average.

Both Sigurdsson and Dempsey gave it a go but both prefer a more central role. Zaha would provide welcome back up to the man Harry Redknapp claimed is the best in the Premiership on Match of the Day, Saturday night and at 19 if the day ever came that Bale finally made that move abroad, Zaha could be the reason most Spurs fans wish the Welshmen well instead of cursing his greed based ambitions.

  • Jonas: 

A relatively unheard of Brazilian striker that has managed 3 goals and 2 assists for Valencia this season but did manage to do this against Spurs in a pre-season friendly not so long ago.

At the moment he is used to playing second fiddle to Spanish striker Roberto Soldado so his transfer wouldn’t rub up the impressive Jermain Defoe the wrong way and with rumours coming from the Sun saying Adebayor isn’t happy warming the bench, all this can be added to the evidence seen on caughtoffside.com last Monday which suggests this deal is already well on track to go through this January.

Jonas would suit Spurs style as he can play just behind the striker or as an attacking midfielder as well as up front giving AVB more attacking options. Even with Defoe’s excellent form he was quiet against Chelsea, despite his well taken goal, and having someone like Jonas on the bench or even starting can give Spurs more options going forward. Take it from me, this deal could be done before the January sales commence.

  • Leandro Damiao: 

A similar style of striker to Adebayor except he is much more consistent and impressive. At only 23 he has managed 13 goals in 24 games for 2012/13, 16 in 26 for 2011/12 and 18 in 33 in 2010/11. He starred for the Brazilian national team at the Olympics and has the potential to get even better.

With teams as big as Manchester United lurking in the Brazilian waters preparing to lure him in with their lucrative and historic bait he may be a little more expensive but the years of service and goals he could offer it may be looked back at as a bargain. Rumours have been linking this Brazilian with a move all summer so it would make sense for it to go through in January but like Zaha he is a wanted man and Spurs could easily be blown out of the financial water by a number of clubs. Many a Tottenham fan will be hoping that doesn’t happen.

  • Tom Ince: 

Only a year older than Zaha but still with some incredible potential, Ince would be a long term investment for Spurs rather than a short term fix. He is left footed but can play on either wing and with room for improvement either a year on loan back at Blackpool or just taking guidance from Gareth Bale would do him the world of good, both can be obtained at White Hart Lane.

If it was a straight choice between Ince and Zaha I would go for Zaha but that isn’t to put Ince down as I believe that Zaha is closer to the finished article than Ince. The Blackpool man would still, in time, make a fine addition to the Tottenham squad and with Dembele, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto and Parker all to return they don’t need any more defensive minded players. With Pienaar, Kranjcar and Dos Santos all leaving this summer a lack of creative players at Tottenham needs to be addressed if they want to challenge the big boys for those Champions League spots.

  • Theo Walcott: 

I know it’s a long shot but how happy would you be as a Spurs fan to see this transfer happen? Wouldn’t it help eat away at the bitterness that still lurks in your heart from the Sol Campbell affair? And what a statement to make about who’s the bigger team in north London? Theo Walcott may well be on his way out of the Emirates this January and with his contract running out he won’t be that expensive.

He has stated that he desires a more central role but with his versatility he could be used in so many ways at Tottenham. The way Spurs play football compliments Defoe as a striker and I can see Walcott fitting into this style like a mindless cretin at a BNP conference. Obviously Defoe wouldn’t want to give up his place for Walcott so having Walcott play off him either out wide so he can come inside to find space or as a second striker could be awesome.

Height would be an issue however but with the pace and intelligent running both have in their locker it may not matter too much. This would rock the foundations of Premier League football and probably won’t happen but I feel the Premiership has been missing this kinds of transfer in recent years, so why not.

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