Being linked to a new striker everyday, it is understandable that Spurs fans will be frustrated at the lack of transfer activity which has taken place in North London in the past month. With the new season approaching in less than 2 weeks time, it appears that Spurs will have to start the season with no new changes to the strikeforce.
However, with the likes of Defoe, Sigurddson, Van Der Vaart, Bale and Lennon, is it really vital that Spurs purchase that “world class” striker which the fans are calling for?
With the likes of Vertonghen and Sigurdsson being brought into the team, this easily boosts the expected number of goals for Spurs to score next season. With Sigurdsson being responsible for 11 goals whilst on loan with Swansea from January, and Vertonghen scoring 8 goals in 31 appearances for Ajax last season in the Eredivisie, this should help to see Spurs compensate for the absence of Adebayor upfront.
Last season, Defoe scored 14 times and assisted once in 30 appearances for Spurs in all competitions. Obviously, if he is given more game time by AVB, he could add to his goal tally.
Not only this, but if Tottenham play in a 4-3-3 formation, which is AVB’s preference, this would allow Spurs to play long balls down the pitch as Defoe won’t be the only target man, something which was problematic for Tottenham as they faced Watford in a pre-season friendly.
Additionally to this, the chemistry between Sigurdsson and Bale has proven to be very strong so far. During the pre-season US tour the two played off each other very well, whilst working the ball into the box which helped to see Sigurdsson score against the NY Red Bulls, as well as Sigurdsson’s corner leading to a Bale headed goal.
Last season, Bale scored 11 goals and aided 10 more in 40 appearances for Spurs, which could increase if AVB plays the Welshman in the left-wing position, something which Redknapp aimed to implement.
Finally, with Dos Santos showing his ability during the Olympic football tournament for Mexico, his finishing has definitely not gone unnoticed as he is supposedly happy at staying with Spurs for another season as AVB is said to have been impressed with the forward.
Scoring 3 goals for Mexico with the potential for even more, after helping his to qualify for the next stage of the Olympic tournament, it would be foolish for Villas-Boas to allow Gio to leave, especially considering that if he is to adopt the 4-3-3 formation, Dos Santos would be given a lot more game time, and even could be a rotation option as striker as the season progresses.
Whilst it is obvious that some people would rightfully prefer another striker to be drafted in to allow AVB to have more options upfront or even if Defoe gets injured, Tottenham will not be short of having players with the ability to score the important goals.
With the likes of Vertonghen, Bale, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Huddlestone, Van Der Vaart and Sandro all being players who have shown their finishing ability whilst not fulfilling the striker position, it would be naive to think that even if Tottenham do not sign another striker they would be in a for a rocky season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!