The extent to which Spurs will miss Emmanuel Adebayor over the next few weeks is debatable but Ade’s departure to AFCON certainly leaves us short of options up front. Andre Villas-Boas may well have chosen Clint Dempsey ahead of Adebayor for yesterday’s game at White Hart Lane in any event, but it doesn’t disguise the lack of cover.
Any injury or suspension to Jermain Defoe is likely to leave Clint in an unfamiliar role as the lone striker unless AVB choses the unlikely option of promoting someone such as Jon Obika through the ranks.
It’s not a perfect situation and Villas-Boas acknowledged that it’s one that requires action.
“We are in the same position as we were at the start of the season, when Adebayor was injured,” AVB said. “We went six or seven games with Clint and Defoe up front who built a very good partnership as you saw in the match against Man United.
“Obviously it’s a difficult situation but that doesn’t mean that we won’t do anything in the transfer market. We are also aware of the risk that it entails though, so we’ll just have to be careful.”
So Spurs may be seeking a striker in this month’s transfer market after all but as we’ve seen in recent years, that may not be easy. With just ten days to go before the window closes, just who is going to be available?