For the third year in a row, February 1st starts with a round up of a very quiet deadline day and once again, there is no new striker arrival at White Hart Lane. In fact, there were no new faces at all meaning that Lewis Holtby was the sole arrival during January.

Supporters would probably accept that the rest of the squad needed no reinforcements but the centre forward issue remains the talking point. Spurs were repeatedly linked with a bid for long term target Leandro Damiao but as the clock ticked down, the deal came to nothing with reports that Internacional were determined to hold on to their player until the summer at least.

So that leaves us with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor as and when he returns from AFCON. Will this be a turning point in our season or can the players’ cope?



  1. We offloaded a load of fringe and youth players, signed Ezekiel Fryers and Lewis Holtby. No new striker is disappointing, but we’ve still managed to strengthen the squad, the same squad which has already climbed into the top four. Main thing now is for Andre Villas-Boas to rotate the team and keep everybody happy, starting with the likes of Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson. COYS.

    Starting eleven for Sunday would be Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Sigurdsson; Lennon, Holtby, Bale; Defoe.

  2. We might well “cope” but we needed a new striker badly to do more than that. Defoe is struggling with injury. Adebayor is away and lazy. Both are finding goals hard to come by. We must be the only side in the Prem with only 2 recognised strikers and it’s highly likely that it will come back to bite us – again. The Damiao fixation is ridiculous. He’s unproven and Brasilian strikers don’t exactly have a strong tradition of success in England. We should have gone all out for Llorente who we let go to Juve. Blinkered and lacking in ambition, we’re not learning from our mistakes

  3. Trying to look at the positives, the arrival of Holtby should mean a move back to the 4-2-3-1 formation rather than the 4-4-2 we’ve been playing recently. So another striker may not solve that problem as two would be sitting on the bench at all times, we just have to hope that Defoe and Adebayor hit some kind of form.

  4. I’m getting tired of Levy’s misplaced belief that he can pressure people into a sale by dashing in at the last minute on transfer deadline day. Everyone knows his game and he’s now openly mocked for it. He’s had a month to sort something out striker wise and yet again goes in with an low bid as the window closes, thinking the other team will accept.

    They won’t, Daniel. They’re not as thick as you think they are, they know he’s a good player and they can get more. Stop playing your attention-seeking, self-aggrandising games (you obviously think *you’re* the smart wheeler dealer) and do things properly. As a result of your ego tripping, we’re left with one striker with a pelvic injury and another who stopped applying himself the moment he got his full-time contract – just as everyone predicted.

    Oh and your insistence on STILL trying to recoup something for Bentley, means you’ve still got him stuck on your books, when the difference in price between what you wanted and what QPR wanted to pay would’ve been written off by the fact that you wouldn’t have had to pay his wages over the remainder of his contract.

    • Not sure. Maybe for the odd game to throw a curveball at defences from time to time. But not permanently. We could let him loose behind Defoe against Arsenal as their centrebacks would know what to do with him. Lennon and Holtby can terrorise the flanks for the afternoon. 🙂


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