A swap deal may well be Spurs’ best chance of getting new blood into the squad for the start of the season, but can there really be any value in exchanging Peter Crouch for Bobby Zamora?
This story started quietly on Saturday morning and gathered predictable momentum as the weekend went on. Zamora of course, played for us in 2003, famously scoring only once against West Ham, after Glenn Hoddle tracked his progress for many years while the player was at Brighton.
On the face of it, Zamora’s career is in the ascendancy while Crouch’s is in decline, but when you look at the two players, there is virtually nothing to choose between them. Both are now 30 years old – in fact there’s only 14 days difference and while Zamora’s scoring record is slightly better, it does include his prolific period at Brighton – something he hasn’t been able to replicate since.
It’s thought that while Spurs are keen on the move, the stumbling block is that Martin Jol isn’t a fan of Crouch. Is the Dutchman’s reluctance our only hope that this doesn’t materialise, or is this a little unfair and could Bobby Zamora do a job that our other strikers seemingly can’t?