Football FanCast guest columnist Sid Jones feels Harry should look to get Huntelaar in at Tottenham in January, to add a bit of potency to the attack.
Three games without Jermain Defoe, three blunt Tottenham performances in front of goal and we have to realise that this supposed great squad that Robbie Keane has chosen all week to tell and sundry is far from complete and upfront in particular is an area that needs improving. We just don’t look like scoring in his absence and thank god he is set to return next week.
To be honest Harry made an error of judgment here in not forcing through a deal for a goal poacher in the summer. He should have learnt his lesson in the months with Defoe out last season where we scraped together a series of 1-0 victories, which although proved effective, always left us on a knife edge and could have seen us throw away valuable points. We cannot afford to be so reliant on one striker, especially if Harry plans to take Tottenham into the top four; something that he has been preaching all week.
I have to admit that I didn’t think we were going to get anything out of this game today due to the simple reason we had no potential match winners in this team. With no Defoe, Modric or Lennon, we are completely limited of options and didn’t possess anyone with a killer instinct; therefore it was always going to be a struggle. Last week against Stoke we failed to kill them off, against Everton in midweek we struggled to put the ball in the back of the net and against a better class of opposition like today, we just couldn’t break them down. It is why in my view we are still some way short of being a top four team and why Harry needs to bring a top class striker in during January.
The obvious choice for me is Huntelaar and hopefully in January it can prove third time lucky for Harry in securing his services. I accept the Dutchman hasn’t had the best of times in Milan, but that is hardly the best gauge as to whether they will be successful in the Premier League. Shevchenko was a superstar in Milan, but look how bad he was in England. Huntelaar has all the attributes required and as well as being a decent target man, can play off the shoulders of defenders and take them on, something Crouch cannot do and something Keane frustratingly doesn’t attempt to do, therefore he brings the best of both worlds for Harry and gives him the option of playing him alongside Defoe, or in his absence should he get injured, or show more acts of petulance throughout the season.
Should Harry attempt to make it third time lucky and secure his services in January, or do you feel that Crouch, Keane and Pav are more than up to the task?