Harry Redknapp looks set to refurbish his forward line in January as Roman Pavlyuchenko’s exit is imminent and doubts remain over Robbie Keane’s future. The Russian is almost certain to leave and this would leave Redknapp short up front as the accepted wisdom is that four strikers are needed in a competitive squad. Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock expects Victor Moses to move to the Premier League in the New Year so should Spurs take a gamble on the much-admired teenager?
At 18, Moses is still a work in progress, but his talent is clear for all to see. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time but he has benefitted from staying at Palace as he is now a regular starter for the club. He will not come cheap though, the £17million fee that Warnock has discussed is overkill, but a sum similar to the £12million paid for Theo Walcott may by possible. Palace are struggling to pay their players as a result of what is being described as a cash flow problem so Moses’ sale looks increasingly likely in January.
It may well be worth a gamble for Spurs to take Moses, he is a gifted player who is capable of making an impact at Premier League level. His skill on the ball and his direct style of play make him a threat and he could provide good cover for Jermaine Defoe. Whoever Spurs choose as a replacement for Pavlyuchenko will not come cheap, top players never do and Tottenham have a reputation for being willing to spend big money so the price tag on Moses will not deter them.
It is a confusing time for Moses, he has reached a difficult moment in his career. He is fast outgrowing the Championship and a move to the Premier League is necessary for him to continue developing. But the only clubs with the financial muscle to take him are top teams where he will find first-team opportunities limited, something that could hinder his progress. He will be particularly wary of this problem at Tottenham who have youngster like Gareth Bale, Giovani Dos Santos, Adel Taraabt and ex-Palace man John Bostock on their books.
Moses is a great prospect and if Palace are looking to sell then clubs will be interested. Spurs should certainly consider buying the player, but he is too young to be sitting on the bench as their fourth choice forward; they would be better off signing the player and loaning him out to one of the struggling Premier League clubs to aid his development.