After the sale of Gareth Bale for £85million to Real Madrid, Tottenham were set to invest in players to finally challenge the country’s best sides.
But it wasn’t to be, and Spurs have looked nowhere near as good as when the Welshman was around. And a big part of it is their lack of a natural goalscorer.
Roberto Soldado was purchased for £26million after the sale of Bale to fire in goals on a consistent basis, but he never settled into his new environment.
After the sacking of manager of Andres Villas-Boas, caretaker boss Tim Sherwood installed forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor and he started scoring, before trailing off to become rather invisible this season.
Now with the two main men set to be replaced, who can the Spurs board push for that will finally land them a striker with a presence not seen since the days of Dimitar Berbatov?
Mattia Destro was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window, but the Blues went for Remy instead of young Italian.
The 22-year-old scores goals on a regular basis but is second-fiddle to Roma legend Francesco Totti, which has limited Destro’s game-time to only four league starts. Yet he has managed to score four goals despite less game time.
Right now Spurs are in dire need of a player clinical in front of goal, and can lure the striker with a bid in a region of £15million.
Only a week ago Tottenham scouts went to monitor Teo Gutierrez play for River Plate in the Argentina Primera Division, and he seems to be the London club’s number one target to replace their misfiring strikers.
The Colombian was also involved in his country’s recent 2-1 friendly win over the USA, getting on the scoresheet to further convince Spurs representatives.
Albeit rather quiet in the friendly, he got his name in amongst the goals and it’s no fluke either as the 29-year-old already has 10 goals in just 11 starts for River Plate this season.
Dubbed as the ‘Next Marco van Basten’ back during his youth at Ajax, Klass Jan Huntelaar never fulfilled the legendary Dutchman’s shoes but has been prolific nonetheless the past few seasons.
Last year’s campaign Huntelaar only managed 12 goals but he only made 18 appearances due to injury, and this season currently has seven goals in 14 games thus far.
Spurs will do well with a deadly finisher like the 31-year-old in the box and could finally have a crack in the English Premier League after stints at Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Schalke.
Seydou Doumbia was merely a FIFA god due to his immense speed, until he managed to score three goals in two games for CSKA Moscow against Manchester City this season. Now the Ivorian is being coveted by several of Europe’s top sides.
Doumbia has however been scoring goals regularly since his move to Europe, first with Swiss side BSC Young Boys where he bagged 50 league goals in just 64 games and now 83 goals in just 125 appearances with CSKA.
The 26-year-old will provide Spurs with a clinical finisher up top, but the Lilywhites will have to shell out around £20million for his services.
It’s hard to believe that Southampton this season are as good as they are without the trio of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Jay Rodriguez. However unlike his departed team-mates, Rodriguez has been out of the Saint Mary’s side with an injury but is set to return before the New Year.
The 25-year-old has been a long-time target for Tottenham and with the likes of Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic, and Saido Maine all ahead of Rodriguez in the pecking order, ‘Jay-Rod’ may need to make the switch for regular first team football.
Rodriguez scored 15 league goals last season and could be the perfect poacher to play in front of a creative Spurs midfield.