In the period leading up the transfer window, Spurs have been linked once again with a number of strikers across Europe and beyond. Leandro Damiao, Edin Dzeko and more have appeared in the transfer columns so it was a little underwhelming when January arrived and the first name to appear was that of West Brom’s Shane Long.
The story may have originated from the Mirror so make of that what you want but it justifies its claims on the basis that Tim Sherwood has to sell before bringing in any new faces. With £100m spent over the summer, the new Head Coach could raise £10m from sales of Jermain Defoe and Kyle Naughton and that would leave a £4m Shane Long within that tight budget.
But the 26 year old Republic of Ireland international averages around one goal in every four games throughout his professional career. Admittedly that run comes in poor sides such as Reading and West Brom but could it improve enough for Shane Long to become a valuable squad member at Spurs? Putting some confidence in Harry Kane and trusting him as the third striker might be a better option.