Are Tottenham getting their transfer priorities wrong?

Croatia U21 star Ante Rebic

With Tottenham going in to the final weekend of the Premier League season with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, many of the board could be excused for focusing on Tottenham and Arsenal’s matches on Sunday, instead of thinking about their transfer targets for in the summer. A crucial match in Andre Villas-Boas’ first season in charge of the Lilywhites, it was always going to take the full focus of the club.

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However, there is still a fair bit of work to do in the summer, which by Monday morning, must become Tottenham’s priority. The squad is strong, but is still a few signings away from being complete. And a few sales need to be made to, most notably Emmanuel Adebayor, who looks set to be offloaded. A mixture of proven, top-quality players, combined with young, hungry stars developing themselves, has led to Spurs to be on the cusp of Champions League football next season.

But what do they need in the summer? At least one new, world-class striker is at the top of their shortlist. With Adebayor and Defoe struggling to make a real impact this season, Tottenham have heavily relied on Gareth Bale for goals this campaign. Followed by that, the club also need a new playmaker, and some competitions for their current wing-backs. But a proven finisher will always be top of the club’s wish list, and something Daniel Levy and AVB will be focusing on first.

Yet the latest rumours have linked the club with Croatian Under-21 star Ante Rebic. The Daily Mail are reporting that the 19-year-old could be subject to a £5million, after scoring 10 goals in his 27 league games. But this rumour has just created questions over the club’s priorities. Fans are begging their team to buy one of the best strikers around, to push them comfortably into the top 4 next season. The club already have Harry Kane and Jonathan Obika, two young forwards already growing as players, so why are they adding to their youth? Spurs need a player in their prime, not another player to lower the average age of the side.

Manchester United lost the Premier League by goal difference last season, but they didn’t decide to sign a new, young striker. Instead, they bought 29-year-old Robin van Persie, who had enjoyed his best season for goals before joining the side. This is what Tottenham need to be doing too. They already have youngsters developing on loan and in the academy. They don’t need to be adding to this. The club are in need of a man who can score 20-goals a season, and has done before.

The example has been set by a winning club, and it would be madness for Tottenham to go against what the Champions have done. Van Persie’s goals have won United the league this season, proving that Sir Alex Ferguson once again knew what he was doing. Young strikers do sometimes work. Every player has to have a first club, and be unproven when they come in. But there is a time and place for taking a risk with youth players. But right now Spurs need an established, founded forward to head their attacking line.

This transfer would just cause more questions over the thinking of Daniel Levy. With rumours of David Villa, Alvaro Negredo and Roberto Soldado all considering leaving their respective clubs in La Liga, Spurs fans want to be linked with one of them. Not a player that the majority of fans have had to Google, because their first response when hearing Ante Rebic’s name was “WHO?” There are some fantastic, proven goal-scorers available this summer, and Tottenham desperately need to sign one of them, instead of an Under-21 who is only just starting his career.

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