Tottenham Is Beginning to Run out of Time to Bolster Their Striking Options

Trent Scott@ IIIJuly 30, 2012

STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas looks on prior to the Pre Season Friendly match between Stevenage and Tottenham Hotspur at The Lamex Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Stevenage, England.  (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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As the summer grinds on (and Charlie Adams grinds on Gareth Bale’s ankle again), Tottenham’s transfer dealings have ground to a halt.

Obviously, much of this revolves around the continued whirlwind known as the Luka Modric Transfer Storm of 2012.

Meanwhile, back at the (Spurs) Lodge, there is an empty part of the training patch that still won’t be filled to capacity when the club returns from their USA tour.

That, of course, is the section reserved for the forwards.

Considering that the only player not subbed in the match against Liverpool in Baltimore was Harry Kane, it behooves someone to ask, “Where are the frontmen?”

Andre Villas-Boas finally made mention of the fact that the club is still in need of men to man the forward position.

Nothing has materialized so far.

Jermaine Defoe’s absence, due to yet another death in the family (sympathies go out to the man and his family), left Kane to do the lifting all match.

While most of the pitch looks relatively secure, the forward’s spot is currently only being queued realistically by Defoe.

Even then, Defoe has been bandied about as a transfer target of QPR (Evening Standard), and has not left only because no one else is home to play the frontman’s role.

This, therefore, begs for an answer that has not been forthcoming.

It is highly doubtful that either Rafael Van der Vaart or Gylfi Sigurdsson could hold the line in the number nine hole as both are far more comfortable playing in the hole behind a lone striker.

Depending upon how mentally ready Defoe is by the time the season starts, it is a worrying prospect that Tottenham has not made a play for a forward yet.

The initial hope was that Emmanuel Adebayor would be signed to a permanent deal after a 17-goal haul in his debut season in North London whites.

Rather ridiculous demands, according to the Daily Mail, from the Togo hit man have nearly rendered the talks worthless.

To compensate for a lower wage packet with the Spurs, Adebayor demanded the entire transfer fee from Manchester City for himself.

Good luck with that one, Mr. Adebayor.

In the interim, Tottenham has only been linked with Marco Borriello of Roma, who was transfer listed by the club earlier this month.

Metro mooted that Tottenham was looking for a loan move, but has mentioned that his nearly €80,000 per week pay stub has put clubs off the trail.

Loic Remy, who at one point had been Tottenham’s main concern after Jan Vertonghen, has been linked heavily with Newcastle in recent days as put forward by ESPNSoccernet.

As such, it leaves Tottenham with very few options and August is nearly here.

It leaves a great deal of work to be done within a small time frame.

Tottenham needs to have something in place by the end of this upcoming week if they are to have any player ready for the Premier League opener.

While Defoe is certainly capable of poaching 20 goals, it is not necessarily his strength to make plays on his own.

This is one of the biggest differences between the forwards Villas-Boas has had in previous tenures at Porto (Radamel Falcao) and Chelsea (Didier Drogba).

Both of those players had the ability to create chances on their own without support, and also have aerial abilities that Defoe lacks.

Defoe is much more reliant on pace to beat a high defensive line. He is far more comfortable in one-touch and strike situations, rather than having to beat multiple players to the goal.

Because of this, Defoe is more than likely a substitute forward than a line leader in Villas-Boas’ system.

It becomes imperative then that Tottenham find a man that will lead the line as an all-around forward.

The problem is there are very few forwards that meet their needs on the market.

Should Remy find his way to Tyneside, the Spurs are looking at a pool of perhaps only three or four realistic targets.

With the clock ticking, Tottenham needs to acquire one of them shortly.


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