Tottenham Should Target Loic Remy During the Summer Transfer Window

Ryan DayCorrespondent IMay 30, 2014

Newcastle United's Loic Remy celebrates his goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Tottenham need to score more goals if they're going to finish in the top four of the table.

It's probably the simplest and least creative lede you've ever seen, but it's also one of the truest.

If the last decade of Premier League football has taught us nothing else, it's that if you aren't scoring more goals than you did last year, you're getting worse. In 2004, Arsenal won the Premier League scoring just 1.92 goals per match. Fast forward to 2014 when Manchester City won the league scoring 2.68 goals per match. Liverpool was just two points out of first place with a 2.66 goals-per-match average.

Tottenham, however, have gone from just 1.23 goals per match in 2004 to 1.45 goals per match in 2014. You know who else had that average this season? Swansea City and Southampton. Stoke City didn't do too much worse. The only reason Tottenham didn't finish between Sunderland and Aston Villa is because of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Which brings me to my point: If Tottenham is going to target any players this summer, they need to be goal scorers.

ESPN reported that new manager Mauricio Pochettino is attempting to out-bid Liverpool for attacking midfielder Adam Lallana. I think that's a solid move, but Lallana needs someone to pair with and to feed the ball to. Harry Kane is green, Emmanuel Adebayor needs a set-piece and Roberto Soldado could very well be sold this summer.

Enter Loic Remy.

The 27-year-old French striker struggled up until this year in England. But he somehow netted 14 goals in 26 loan appearances with Newcastle. He showed an incredible versatility as a scoring option, able to counter well, score from range or use his agility to cut inside and score a high-percentage shot.

He'll need to learn some offside awareness, and could be a liability on defense, but with Tottenham's strong stable of defenders and potential-signing Lallana forcing opponents to play a few yards deeper than they might already, Remy could very well be exactly the kind of signing this new-look Spurs team is in search of.