After a faltering season in front of goal and with one of the league’s most attacking managers at the helm, it is only right that Tottenham would turn their attention to strikers in the close season. It seems if Harry Redknapp gets his wish, a Spurs old boy could be returning to get a second bite of the cherry.
Mounir El Hamdaoui arrived at White Hart Lane in 2005 as a young man with a lot of promise. He was given few opportunities and even during two loan spells with Derby County, was unable to show what he could do due to a series of unfortunate injuries.
After returning to his native Holland and scoring goal after goal for Willem II, AZ Alkmaar and now Ajax, El Hamdaoui is again beginning to turn managers’ heads. If interested, Redknapp would be reluctant to part with more than £7m for the striker.
Though he has an excellent scoring record (approximately one in every three games), El Hamdaoui is very injury prone. The player is susceptible to long-term injuries having missed more than six months of a season on four separate occasions.
Despite coming out in the press this week to state that he wanted to keep Peter Crouch at the club, Redknapp must be looking to replace and renew his striking options. With Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Defoe netting a combined 20 league goals last year, it is clear that Tottenham need goals.
It is easy for me to speculate but it seems logical to conclude that had Tottenham had a 25-30 goal striker, they would have collected at least ten perhaps as many as sixteen more points. This would have seen them again qualify for the Champions League and both secure the futures of those threatening to leave and attract the sort of players which may now perhaps be out of reach for them. So at least two strikers are needed.
In El Hamdaoui, Tottenham will have a player eager to show he was overlooked before. He is a natural goalscorer and an excellent striker of the ball. Despite winning Dutch Player of the Year in 2009, the player had pledged his future to Morocco and has kick-started his international career with two goals in five games.
Aged 26, he is now entering the peak years for a striker and so will be looking for a big move which allows him to compete on in a far more competitive league. Tottenham look all set to give him this opportunity.
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