While most Spurs fans have been longing for a creative mid-fielder, I’ve only had one target on my mind for this summer - Leandro Damiao.
Fact remains, even if you had your pick of mid-fielders you’re going to want to find a way to team them with Sandro and Moose. And you can’t do that without a loan striker. And neither Defoe or Adebayor work as lone strikers.
Right now, the two of them are working as dual-strikers because they each manage to make up for the other’s failings. Adebeyor is your target man and Defoe is your scorer. With Defoe as the lone-striker we can score goals but not having a target results in us, giving up too much possession and inevitably goals, particularly late in the match. Adebeyor on the other hand, is a fine target but I’m pretty sure he’s forgotten how to even shoot. I would certainly have no confidence in Adebeyor delivering enough goals to keep us competitive as a loan striker.
Right now, AVB is making the most of a bad situation. I can’t help but think what AVB would do if he was a really top coach, was somehow do some crazy, cool molecular procedure to create one player out of the two. Jermain Adebeyor would be a skilfull target striker, who ran great lines and effortlessly landed goals.
What would probably be easier though, would just be to buy Leandro Damiao, who actually could play as that loan striker and from everything I’ve seen pretty much equals our Jermain Adebeyor (or Emmanual Defoe if you like) creation. For now, that would allow us to bring Deuce into the team as a true number ten, and its a role that the American appears to be warming to. And then we can turn our attention to that perfect complement to our existing mid-field at the end of the season.
In modern day football, being forced to play two strikers from the opening whistle severely impacts your options and flexibility and I can only imagine that must be killing a manager like AVB, who clearly enjoys scribbling on his sideline notepad. Without that lone striker, AVB is limited to patching holes in the brickwork. Bring in Damiao and he can start really building something.
This transfer window has been pretty good already. If we can happen to nab Zaha it will be wonderful. However, the signing of Damiao would not only massively improve our hopes for this season and our Champions League chances, it would be a signing that sets us up for the foreseeable future. Levy has managed to make two quality signings without hardly having to reach for his purse. Now it’s time to let the mothballs out because this is signing that Spurs need to go to that next level.