Despite reaching a Champions League quarter final and still challenging for qualification again through their league position, Tottenham’s forwards of Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch have only managed 31 goals between them in all competitions. With constant speculation that Harry Redknapp will be looking for a new striker in the summer transfer window, who represents the best option?
Known as ‘licha bianca’ (the one who wears you down), López was seen as the ideal replacement for Karim Benzema after the Frenchman’s move to Real Madrid, and the Argentinian forward duly obliged in filling his predecessor’s boots. López can either be deployed as a lone striker, wide on the left or behind an orthodox centre-forward; the former Porto’s man versatility would be a key asset in Tottenham’s side, allowing Harry Redknapp to partner him with any of his current mis-firing forwards, should they still be there after the summer.
A favourite amongst fans for his obvious love for the game, is truly a real entertainer and arguably one of the signings of the season. The Ghanaian international thrived in the early stages of his Black Cats career, forming an understanding with fellow forward Darren Bent, however, since the Englishman’s departure to Aston Villa, Gyan has only added two goals to his tally (with one of them being against Spurs). My point is that Gyan is without a doubt a real talent, but the Black Stars striker needs a fellow competent forward alongside him, something Spurs do not have. They are looking to sign an attacker who can lead from the front and score goals consistently, not another supporting striker.
We all know the talents of the Ivorian forward, and rather surprisingly he is rumoured to be available for transfer despite still overshadowing £50 million signing Fernando Torres. Drogba would be the perfect solution to all of Tottenham’s attacking troubles, with an eye for goal, a powerful presence in the attacking third and vast amounts of experience; the only slight hesitation ‘Arry may have about signing the Chelsea man is that at the age of 33, Drogba has two seasons left in him at most and despite his age, the reported figure for the former Marseille man is £13 million, just £2 million shy of the supposed fee for the much younger López.
Any forward that averages just over a goal every two appearances over his entire career would be a player any manager would want. Last season Milito was voted UEFA Club Footballer and Attacker of the year; the Argentinian had a fantastic year, but ignoring accolades, is he the man to lead the Lilywhites front line? The Argentinian is a fantastic forward, with the ability to score all sorts of goals, including the big match winning goals against the likes of Arsenal, and with rumours rife of the prolific forward being available for a mere £5 million many of Europe’s elite will be surely sniffing around the San Siro. Milito, it seems, ticks all the boxes for the striker that Tottenham need.
The Italian has been linked with Tottenham for at least 12 months now and despite having had a successful spell with Villarreal, Rossi still has his doubters after a very poor spell with Manchester United; perhaps he has just found his level at La Liga? Coupled with the inflated price required to sign the former Parma man (after he signed a contract extension last year), and also the fact that he plays in much the same role as Van Der Vaart, a deep lying attacker, means that the Italian really isn’t the best option for Spurs.
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