Many people were shocked when Aston Villa paid such a large transfer fee for Darren Bent last season and perhaps even more shocking was the hefty wage packet offered to Wayne Rooney to stay at Man United, but look at what these forwards have produced since and you start to realise just how important these deals were to both clubs.
Darren Bent’s goals lifted Villa away from the relegation zone, and United went on to lift the league title, largely to an improved and re-motivated Wayne Rooney’s partnership with Javier Hernandez.
Things didn’t really work out for Darren Bent at White heart Lane, but there’s no doubting his finishing credentials and while there aren’t many Wayne Rooney’s on the market at present, its clear to see that the current crop of strikers at spurs just don’t have the necessary attributes we require.
Alan Sugar brought Jurgen Klinsmann to the lane years ago, and the positive effect this had on the players and fans was immense.
The time has arrived for Daniel Levy to make a similar signing now, as last seasons goal statistics demonstrate just how desperate and ineffective we are.
I think Spurs need to pay whatever it costs to land a proven goal-scorer, and we need to agree these deals early to avoid missing out.
The South American goal machines at Porto (Falcao, and Hulk) seem to be available for around 20m each, but if Spurs feel that these valuations are too high then there are plenty of cheaper options out there such as Drogba, Adebayor, or Podolski, who are all looking for transfers.
If Levy or Redknapp won’t sanction deals for any of the above then Eto’o or Milito from Italy should be seriously considered, regardless of their age.
Unfortunately this calibre of player won’t be seen in Spurs shirts unless we alter our pay structure. As the phrase goes – ‘if you pay peanuts you get monkeys’.