Iaquinta deal won’t be enough for Tottenham

Reports today claim that Tottenham are looking into the possibility of signing Juventus and Italy striker, Vincenzo Iaquinta. However he wouldn’t be the greatest signing for Spurs.

The 30-year-old looks set to be starting upfront for Italy at the World Cup alongside Alberto Gilardino, but this is a poor Italy team and Spurs shouldn’t be fooled by the fact that he is starting for his country. His international record isn’t great as he has scored just five goals in 39 games, due to him having a limited impact for Juventus this season due to injury troubles he probably doesn’t deserve to be Italy’s first choice.

As a Juventus supporter myself I see Iaquinta is a decent striker but that is all, he wouldn’t be worth having in the team ahead of Defoe or Crouch. If Spurs do decide to sell Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane then he would make a good addition to the squad, but not as the main striker. Spurs’ priority should be to sign a world class striker, but sadly Iaquinta does not fit that bill.

Iaquinta is a powerful player with good finishing ability and his height and strength would make him suited to the Premier League so he could do a good job for Spurs, but he wouldn’t be able to guarantee them 20 goals a season. In fact throughout his career, he has never scored more than 17 goals in one campaign. Therefore should he make the move to North London then he would be most effective as a super-sub just as he is for Juventus.

This season Iaquinta has been plagued with injury problems which ruled him out for six months of the campaign, this has meant that he was only able to hit the back of the net six times. His overall league record for Juve is 26 goals in 66 games which isn’t the greatest, but the majority of those appearances have been as a substitute. He is a firm fans favourite at the club due to the effort he puts on whenever he is on the pitch and with Iaquinta you’re always guaranteed a 100 per cent from him.

Should Spurs decide to sign Iaquinta then fans can be happy with the purchase just as long as another striker is signed as well. If Iaquinta was to be the only recruitment upfront, then he alone won’t make a massive difference to the team.

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