Aston Villa and Sunderland, among others, have been linked to bids for Peter Crouch's services this January transfer window, but it looks like the robot beanpole will be staying at White Hart Lane for just a little bit longer. I've got love for Crouchy, but sadly, I think the lack of a sale means that there's no chance of us bringing in a new striker this transfer window. 'Arry was probably never going to spend the money on a quality, complete striker this window, but we can dream, can't we?
Honestly, if we were going to sell one striker, I would want it to be Roman Pavlyuchenko. Crouch and Jermain Defoe give us different options from Pavlyuchenko or better versions of him (the type of player I would like us to buy), and their partnership gives us a good chance to win if Rafael van der Vaart/imaginary complete striker is injured. If we have multiple tired or injured players, or we're just rotating guys for a match against a relegation battler/one of the cups, a rigid and direct 4-4-2 setup with Crouch and Defoe is a pretty good backup plan.
Still, it should be our backup plan. Especially when you have a midfield with van der Vaart, Luka Modric, and Tom Huddlestone. I'll be writing later today about Spurs' need for a complete forward, and why our failure to buy one this January could end up costing us dearly.