Tottenham Transfer Rumours: Top 9 Replacements for Emmanuel Adebayor

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentApril 27, 2012

Tottenham Transfer Rumours: Top 9 Replacements for Emmanuel Adebayor

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    Tottenham Hotspur will have to mull over whether or not to buy Emmanuel Adebayor outright in the summer transfer window.

    He has only scored twice in his past seven games and hasn’t provided an assist since February.

    He might not be a Spurs player next season when you factor in his inflated wages and a recent clash with Harry Redknapp.

    Here are the top nine replacements for Adebayor. 


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9. Leandro Damião, Internacional, Age 22

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    Internacional’s Leandro Damião is a tall technical tricky forward.

    His ability to execute the lambreta trick has added to his hype, but how good is he?

    Last season, he scored 38 goals in 51 games; but if you take away the goals he scored in the state championship (a weakened league), it’s 21 goals in 38 games.

    In 2007, Internacional received €22 million from AC Milan for Alexandre Pato, roughly £19.3 million for a 17-year-old.

    Damião is more hyped and is scoring more goals, which means a higher transfer fee.

    Tottenham Hotspur should look for other alternatives.

8. Clint Dempsey, Fulham, Age 29

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    I cannot understand why Clint Dempsey started 24 games out wide when he has scored nine goals in 10 games from a central position.

    Five goals in five games as a centre forward dispel the notion that he can't play up front.

7. Luis Muriel, Lecce (on Loan from Udinese), Age 21

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    Luis Muriel's explosiveness is a sight to behold.

    He shredded Roma apart as Lecce surprisingly won 4-2.

    It was a look at me performance and finally he produced. Throughout the season, he'd leave defenders for dead, but he couldn't provide the end product.

    He is supposedly Colombia's answer to Cristiano Ronaldo, but Muriel's playing style is more like Brazilian Ronaldo than Portuguese Ronaldo. Muriel has completed 63 dribbles for a borderline top-flight team, whereas Ronaldo had completed 61 dribbles playing on one of the most dominant teams in Europe.

6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Saint-Étienne, Age 22

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is skilful enough to play out wide, clinical enough to start as a centre forward and good enough to play for Tottenham Hotspur.

    He ran riot against Lorient and could have scored five but ended up with a noteworthy hat trick.

    I included him over Didier Drogba in my Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament.

5. Bas Dost, Heerenveen, Age 22

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    Bas Dost's scoring statistics have been inflated by Luciano Narsingh's brilliance—now that's a name you should remember.

    Dost can score 40 goals this season and it still won't change my opinion that Luuk de Jong is a better prospect going forward. Unlike de Jong, Dost isn't as complete and he doesn't have that it-factor.

    Dost's finishing is great, but it is nowhere near Afonso Alves standard, who failed for Middlesbrough.

    A major red flag is that Dost has gone missing in big games like in a 5-0 loss to Ajax and 5-1 losses to PSV Eindhoven and Twente.

4. Olivier Giroud, Montpellier, Age 25

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    Olivier Giroud seems to be in the right position at the right time generally almost every game.

    He averages 4.4 shots per game this season, which is why he has scored 20 Ligue 1 goals.

    He poaches goals, he can score from long range and is Antoine Sibierski-like in the air.

3. Luuk De Jong, Twente, Age 21

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    What I like about Luuk de Jong is that he takes advantage of his height and leaping ability—which has resulted in eight headed goals this season.

    Forget about the 30 goals this season, the 18 assists give you an indication that he is a complete forward.

    A fortnight ago, de Jong was cerebral as he scored twice in two minutes because of NAC's lapse in concentration.

    He played his part when Twente embarrassed PSV Eindhoven 6-2.

2. Stevan Jovetić, Fiorentina, Age 22

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    Does Stevan Jovetić really want to play for a team destined for mediocrity?

    Riccardo Montolivo certainly doesn't.

    Jovetić has carried Fiorentina on his back this season.

    An inspiring performance against AC Milan and the winning goal against Roma have given the Viola a six point buffer from the relegation zone.

    Ironically, if Jovetić didn't perform in those crucial games, Tottenham Hotspur would have a better chance in signing the Montenegrin.

    Spurs need to hope that Fiorentina get relegated, forcing them to sell Jovetić, whose transfer fee will be dictated by how many bids other clubs submit.

1. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Schalke, Age 28

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    By signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Tottenham Hotspur can safely bet that the Dutchman will outscore Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Huntelaar has scored 44 goals in 46 games this season.

    His contract expires next season meaning if he decides to run it down, his transfer fee would be around £12-20 million—a bargain compared to the £35 million Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll.


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