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Villas-Boas Mustn’t Sign This Over Hyped £10M Second Rate Striker

There has been much talk yet little action about the striker situation at Spurs this summer. Until now. According to the Daily Mirror, Andre Villas-Boas is considering a £10m bid for Malaga’s Salomon Rondon, as the Spanish side look to offload players to help their financial situation

Malaga have already resided to losing Santi Cazorla to Arsenal and could be set to say goodbye to Rondon for a move to North London. The Spanish side are said to want £20m for the striker, although Tottenham are said to rate the player as worth less than half of that.

Spur’s are in desperate need for strikers, with only Jermain Defoe and Giovanni dos Santos currently in the first team squad. AVB is thought to have offered Defoe a chance to revitalize a stunted career whilst the Portuguese is also keen to get a deal done with Manchester City for Emmanuel Adebayor. However, the Togolese striker’s wage demands are currently stalling any potential transfer.

If they choose to go with Rondon then Spurs would get themselves a big powerful striker. The Venezuelan has scored 25 goals in 67 appearances for Malaga and was the club’s top scorer in the last two seasons, helping his side to avoid relegation on both occasions. The striker is renowned for his physical attributes and is thought to be well built for the English game.

Yet despite these positives I still don’t think AVB should panic buy with this striker. True Rondon has been evaluated by the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United yet the key point is Spur’s competition have passed on the player – Chelsea considered him as replacement for Didier Drogba yet have since cooled their interest.

Furthermore the striker has only played in the lower echelons of the Spanish league and has only scored 25 goals in 67 games – hardly prolific form. I would also have to question whether Rondon would be suitable for the English game. He does possess a big physical frame and has shown strength in La Liga yet whether he has the levels to compete in the Premiership is another question.

If I were AVB I wouldn’t take the gamble on Rondon. Despite his physical prowess it is questionable whether he has the footballing skill to play for Spurs. In contrast Emmanuel Adebayor has proven himself in the Premier League and in the Tottenham side – 17 goals in 33 appearances last season helped Spurs significantly. Villas-Boas may be better off trying to solve the wage issues with the Togo striker then hedging his bets on Rondon.

The opportunity to exploit Malaga’s financial situation is apparent for other European sides, yet Tottenham shouldn’t pounce on this chance.

An improved offer for Adebayor plus a different acquisition would be the better choice for AVB in my opinion.

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