Tottenham: Absence of Adebayor Will Force AVB to Bring in Leandro Damiao

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Leandro Damiao of Brazil reacts after scoring during the Men's Football Semi Final match between Korea and Brazil, on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on August 7, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Andre Villas-Boas' worst nightmare came true on Tuesday when forward Emmanuel Adebayor officially announced that he would be going to the African Cup of Nations to play for Togo (via ESPN). 

The departure of Adebayor to the African Cup of Nations has been a topic that has been heavily debated over the past month as the Togo international claimed last month that there was a slim chance that he would even play for his country at the tournament (via ESPN).

Now, with the impending month-long departure of Adebayor, Tottenham are left with just one notable forward on their roster in Jermain Defoe. 

Defoe ranks fifth in the EPL in goals scored with 10, but he has only scored once in the North London squad's last six matches. 

With Defoe in a goal drought at the moment, Villas-Boas is looking to the January transfer window to bring in another strong goal scorer into the club. 

That goal scorer is no stranger to Tottenham fans. 

Leandro Damiao was close to moving to White Hart Lane over the summer, but a move did not get done by the time the transfer window closed on Aug. 31 (via Daily Mail). 

The rumours surrounding a move by the 23-year-old Brazilian to Tottenham have begun to escalate in the past few days. 

The latest report about the potential move by the Internacional forward came early Tuesday when Tottenham were reportedly ready to make a bid for Damiao (via

Damiao would be an ideal option to bring into the club as he not only is a proven goal scorer, but he will also be a fresh body. He has not played since early December when the Brazilian season ended. 

As for the role that Damiao would play at the club if he signs, B/R's own Sam Tighe put together a scouting report on the Brazilian in which he goes over all of the skills that the 23-year-old possesses. 

Damiao would be a temporary replacement for Adebayor over the next month in the 4-4-2 formation that AVB has employed recently. 

Going towards the future, Damiao would be a long-term partner up front for Defoe and he would provide Spurs with yet another young talent to help lead them to the promised land after Lewis Holtby agreed to join the club in the summer from Schalke last week (via Daily Mail). 

Although the move for Damiao is being forced out of the necessity to have a second forward on the roster, the transfer will not only lock up Damiao at a reasonable price before his stock rises even more, but it will also add to the growth of the young, talented Tottenham squad. 


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