As EPL Season Draws Near, Tottenham Hotspur Still In Need of a Striker

Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIAugust 10, 2011

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 16: Jermain Defoe during the 2011 Vodacom Challenge match between Kaizer Chiefs and Tottenham Hotspur from Peter Mokaba Stadium on July 16, 2011 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Lefty Shivmabu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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When last season ended, Harry Redknapp was quick to point out the major flaw that prevented his side from another Champions League berth. It was the strikers. And once the transfer window opened, he would make it a top priority to fix the attacking situation once and for all.

With three days to go until the first game of the season, Spurs fans are left asking, "What happened?"

Where, might we ask, are the strikers?

There have been rumors and opportunities of course, with Spurs having been linked to the likes of Pablo Osvaldo, Giuseppe Rossi and Emmanuel Adebayor—all to no avail, thus far.

More recently, Spurs expressed interest in Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente, hoping to woo him to the club following a match between the two sides on Saturday. But even that seems to have gone cold, following a subpar performance during the match and Tottenham perhaps rethinking their interest.

So what will be the final decision? Surely Tottenham dosen't intend to play the next season with the strikers who so intimately caused them to fall out of the top four. But that appears to be at least how they'll start off in 2011-2012.

One of their biggest issues in achieving goal-scoring acquisitions has been the simple fact that Spurs need to sell, first and foremost, to make space and free up funds for new players. Almost every club in the transfer market this summer is fully aware of their plight and hoping for a bargain.

Between two of their top-quality and most present strikers in the last EPL campaign—Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch—only eight goals were accumulated in 56 appearances. At least one of these two, many have speculated, will have to go. But they both seem set to wear Spurs kits on Saturday at White Hart Lane.

Today marks the final stretch of the transfer window in England. There are now officially only three weeks remaining to make purchases and finalize deals.

Last season, Tottenham used that time well, securing what was haled as the bargain of the season in a last-minute deal that brought Raphael van der Vaart to White Hart Lane. The Dutchman, as we all know, went on to score more goals and became a more frightening offensive presence for Tottenham than Crouch and Defoe combined.

Can Tottenham use the final weeks of the transfer season as wisely as they did last summer? With the striker situation looking as bleak as ever for Spurs, fans of the club certainly hope so.

Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy, we hope you know what you're doing.