The minimum aim this season has to be to qualify for the Champions League again, but if we’re not careful, we will fail for the same reasons that we have in the previous two campaigns.
For what seems like forever, we have been crying out for a striker who can play on his own up front and score goals. Such players do not grow on trees and subsequently you have to pay top dollar to land one – which might be where the problem lies.
Tottenham’s finances dictate that we must work within our budgets and try to pick up bargains in the transfer market. Of our present squad, the likes of Friedel, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Sandro, Parker, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Van der Vaart and Sigurdsson all fall into this category, but you’ll notice that none of them are strikers.
In the transfer market, no jewel is more prized than a striker. If you’re looking for a promising teenage forward with an English passport like Connor Wickham, you will have to splash out £12m. If it’s a world class striker who guarantees results, then you’ll spend at least double that.
So buying a top striker on a budget is not easy, but it’s also not impossible, as Newcastle and Everton have proved with the purchases of Ba, Cisse and Jelavic. We have failed to take a chance in the transfer market when it comes to strikers, although I think that this has largely been down to the fact that we were operating with a manager who was unable to identify a transfer target that he hadn’t seen playing in the Premier League.
Last season we fudged, rather than fully addressed the issue at hand, when we brought in Adebayor on loan. The Manchester City striker did very well for us, but he lacked competition and support. He was essentially guaranteed a spot in the side, to the point where he was often played in games when he was far from fully-fit.
We’ve spent most of the summer negotiating the permanent transfer of Adebayor, which continues to rumble on, but with just 13 days before the new season starts we are in danger of repeating the mistake of last season.
Adebayor’s loan may have been something of a financial masterstroke by Daniel Levy, but the prolonged negotiations meant that he didn’t join the club until the fourth scheduled game of the season. On the day that Adebayor made his debut for Spurs, the club were bottom of the table an without a point. Surely we need to move fast to make sure that we’re quicker out of the blocks this time round?
If Adebayor’s wage demands are excessive then we should just move on and target someone else. After all, we need to bring in at least one, but preferably two strikers before the summer is out.