Lucas Barrios' first two seasons with Borussia Dortmund were spectacular. In both his first year and last season's title-winning campaign, the Paraguayan international scored for fun and was seen as one of the keys to the Dortmund attack. This season, the BVB star has been hampered by injuries. He has not scored a goal in the Bundesliga, and his first team place appears permanently lost to Robert Lewandowski. Dortmund just purchased Marco Reus and intends to hang on to Mario Götze, so they could stand to make a sale.
On Monday, rumors linked Barrios to a move to Fulham for £10m. This, despite the fact that Dortmund would not have sold him for double that just six months ago. Additionally, Fulham already have more decent strikers than they need AND are about to buy Pavel Pogbreynak. Figure that one out.
Tottenham are in need of a striker, badly. Emmanuel Adebayor will have to take a massive wage cut if he wants to join at the end of the season on a permanent basis. Spurs have already missed out on Moussa Sow and Papiss Demba Cisse, both of whom went for £10m or less. Demba Ba went to Newcastle on a free transfer in the summer, while Leandro Damiao's price has gone up since Spurs' refused to pay the seemingly large £15m asking price last year.
Should we be interested in Barrios? Probably, just like we should have been interested in Cisse and Sow. But we weren't, because Daniel Levy is allergic to strikers, and I don't get it. Another striker or two in the category of Barrios, Cisse and Sow could move on deadline day. Spurs will sign none of them.
I'll wait until September 1 to roast Daniel Levy, but my frustration continues to grow.