Roberto Soldado or Leandro Damiao: Which Striker Would Be Better for Spurs?

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IJune 19, 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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With the summer transfer window upon us, the big question facing Tottenham Hotspur is whether they should pursue Roberto Soldado or Leandro Damiao.

The north London club's biggest need in this transfer window is, without doubt, at striker.

Last season, Spurs' front line consisted of just two experienced players, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Due to injuries and losses of form, the pair combined for some shocking statistics, as they accounted for just under a quarter of the club's league goals.

Clearly, Tottenham would be well-advised to chase a few more options for the front of their lineup.

Based on the rumors that have been swirling, manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy agree with this assessment, as the club has been linked with scores of strikers since the season ended.

Some of the strongest links have been with Valencia's Soldado (via Metro) and Internacional's Damiao (via Express).

So which of these front men should Tottenham sign this summer?

The two players have carried a similar goal-scoring record over the past few seasons, with each getting just about three goals in every five matches for their respective clubs.

However, Soldado has been scoring his goals in La Liga while Damiao has been plying his trade in the Brazilian Serie A. That should give the Spaniard a leg up.

After all, while the Brazilian league is filled with great players, the adjustment period is typically shorter for players coming to the Premier League from Spain than those coming from Brazil.

On the other side, if Spurs are looking for a really long-term solution to their striker problem, Damiao might be the better pick.

At 23 years old, Damiao could carry on for quite some time at White Hart Lane, whereas the 28-year-old Soldado has less of a window.

Further, Damiao has the potential to get better over the next few years while Soldado has likely already hit his prime.

In terms of price, it's a wash, as both are worth around £20 million (via Express).

The point that separates these two great options, though, is in their general style of play.

Leandro Damiao is a big forward with technical skill, able to take the ball out of the air, hold it up and finish with ease.

In short, he is the sort of striker that would be a perfect addition to Andre Villas-Boas' side.

While Roberto Soldado has all of that technical skill and then some, the Spaniard's small frame detracts greatly from his aerial challenges, limiting the option for balls over the top.

Soldado is an awesome option for Tottenham, but Damiao would be a slightly better fit into this side that AVB is molding into his image.

As a result, if Spurs had to choose just one of those two, Levy should pursue the Brazilian.

In fact, that might be a factor in the club's appointment of Franco Baldini, someone with a long track record of luring Brazilians to Europe, as technical director (via Guardian).

However, one should hold out hope that Tottenham sign both Leandro Damiao and Roberto Soldado this summer.

If that happened, Spurs would suddenly have a formidable strike force, a happy situation after last season's struggles.



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