After failing to significantly strengthen his front line this summer André Villas-Boas will come under renewed pressure this weekend to prove that his team will manage to score goals this campaign with only two strikers in the squad.
Having loaned Harry Kane out to Norwich on transfer deadline day the Spurs boss may already have one eye on the January transfer window has he looks to add to his current strike force of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.
One potential target for AVB is Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi, who would complement the high tempo passing game that the Portuguese manager wants to install at White Hart Lane.
Rossi will fit in well at Spurs behind either Defoe or Adebayor, as a link between the midfield and the attack, something that Spurs have struggled to find in their opening three games. The 25-year-old is the sort of player that Tottenham will need to invest in should they wish to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
However the American-born Italian has been out of action since October last year with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which is expected to keep him out of action until at least next month.
Rossi’s injury worries complicate the issue for Spurs, who will be running a risk signing Rossi in January. Should Rossi return to both form and fitness before the transfer window shuts, then Spurs may decide that it is a risk worth taking. Yet, having missed so much football over the last 12 months, questions will remain whether Rossi will fit enough to play a full 90 minutes week in, week out.
Additionally Tottenham will have to be wary of the possibility of Rossi’s cruciate ligament injury flaring up again. The striker was ruled out of Euro 2012, after he aggravated the injury he picked up last October when he returned to training in April. Whilst Rossi may seem fit enough in January it doesn’t mean to say that he won’t be back on the injury table when May comes around.
Undoubtedly Rossi would be a good acquisition for Spurs. However they may be more prudent to wait until next summer before choosing to make a move for the Italian.