Villas-Boas plays down Spurs’ need for a striker

Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham HotspurTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down the club’s need to sign a striker following their 1-1 Premier League draw with Norwich.

Spurs have been linked with a number of front-men in recent weeks, with the likes of David Villa and Leandro Damaio believed to be high on their list of targets.

With Emmanuel Adebayor currently at the Africa Cup of Nations, AVB has Jermain Defoe as his only central attacker, but the Portuguese coach played down speculation of arrivals ahead of the transfer deadline:

“David Villa? No, I don’t think so!” he told Sky Sports.

“At the moment I have told you that we are willing to take a risk on Jermain Defoe’s injury. Defoe played 90 minutes and played very well.

“No, I don’t think so (there will be any players leaving).”

Despite being favourites to claim three points at Carrow Road, AVB conceded that 1-1 was a fair result:

“During the second half we put on a show, and showed great character,” he added.

“It’s a pity that we didn’t have time to go 2-1 up because we created a number of opportunities.

“Given what Norwich did in the first half and we did in the second, perhaps a draw is a fair result.”

Wes Hoolahan gave the Canaries the lead on the half hour mark, sweeping home after Hugo Lloris had spilled the ball.

But, Tottenham’s second-half pressure eventually paid off, as Gareth Bale slotted home a fine equaliser late on.

The result leaves the Londoners in fourth spot, with Everton closing the gap by two points after beating West Brom

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