Football FanCast columnist Dan Rawlings feels a swap deal with AC Milan will enable Harry to kill two birds with one stone.
I have been dragged through the mill watching Tottenham many times over the years, but the last 30mins of the game at Fratton Park must go down as one of most uncomfortable sittings for some time. I'm still amazed that we came away with a point, let alone three, especially when we went down to 10 men.
I am sure that Jermain Defoe got one of the biggest roasting of his life by Redknapp after the game and rightly so. The sheer stupidity of the guy could have cost us big time today and he must be thankful that Pompey are so hopeless in front of goal; however the real loss of Defoe will certainly be obvious in the coming weeks, because without him we really lack a cutting edge upfront.
As much as people go on about our great strike-force, I believe it lacks a real potency without an out an out front man. Keane, Crouch and Pavlyuchenko are all good strikers, but their games are incredibly similar and their lack of pace hardly offers much of a threat against certain defences and that is why Defoe makes such a difference in the final third, and why he will be desperately missed.
The absence of Defoe highlights to me as to why Harry was desperate to get hold of Huntelaar firstly and then Van Nistelrooy in the last transfer window. Both Dutchman have more of that poachers instinct in front of goal and play on the shoulders of the centre halves, therefore they both give us more than a Plan B, should Defoe get injured or make stupid error of judgments like he did today, which has cost him and us a three match ban.
It is something that I am sure that Harry will look to re-explore in January, especially if Pavlyuchenko does in fact move on. I know there have been rumours this week about a possible swap with Milan to bring Huntelaar to WHL and in my view that would be extremely welcome and the deal will allow Harry to kill two birds with one stone as he'll be able to offload his unhappy Russian, who has clearly lost the fight to make it at Tottenham, and he can finally inherit a striker that he has been after in the previous two transfer windows. I know some fans will claim what the fuss is about Huntelaar, given his struggles at Madrid and now Milan, but the English game is a different kettle of fish and Dutch players never struggle to adapt in the Premier League.
Huntelaar has all the attributes we need and the most important thing for Tottenham is that he'll bring some variation to the attack, which means that we wouldn't have to be so reliant on Jermain Defoe. The Dutchman could play with all three, whether it Keane, Crouch or Defoe, therefore he would bring real balance to our squad, in the final third and would mean that we will always posses a cutting edge; something we don't currently have in Jermain's absence.