If you thought that having misfiring strikers was a recent problem for Tottenham Hotspur, I think you'll have a different opinion after reading this list. Our Worst XI of the Decade has finally made it to the strikers and first up is the Number 9 position. Next week we'll get to the second strikers.
Tottenham Hotspur have had plenty of big strong center forwards over the years, but some of them haven't exactly displayed much prowess in front of goal. This list makes me cringe just thinking about it. As always, if you feel I've left anyone off that played this position during the last decade leave them below in the comments and we can make changes as necessary.
Les Ferdinand: The current Tottenham coach is a legend. He is the fifth highest scorer in Premier League history which is made all the more amazing when you consider the goal totals he had during his tenure at Spurs. In six seasons (1997-2003) with the Club Ferdinand scored 5, 5, 2, 10, 9, and 2 goals in the league respectively, though he was limited by injuries on occasion. Let me remind you that this is the man that is currently coaching our strikers. Anyone see a problem with this? Ferdinand did score 15 goals in all competitions in 2001-2002 so he has that going for him.
Steffan Iversen: If you thought the numbers Les had in the league were bad wait until you see the goal totals for Iversen. The Norwegian put up 6, 0, 9, 14, 2, 4, and 1 goals from 1996-2003. Sure, from 1998-2000 he scored 31 goals in all competitions, but his totals in this decade are embarrassingly low.
Grzegorz Rasiak: The worst Spurs' purchase ever in the transfer market. I say that without any exaggeration whatsoever. Bought on the final day of the transfer window in 2005 from Derby County for £3 million after scoring 18 goals in 41 appearances in his lone season with the club (who were playing in the Championship at the time). Martin Jol described the Polish striker as "a tall target man, a hard working, honest player with a good goal scoring record." If only that was who we had actually purchased. He made nine appearances for Spurs scoring 0 goals. He was the ultimate panic buy.
Mido: If you don't immediately answer Andy Reid when asked, "who ate all the pies?", then you probably answer Mido. The Egyptian striker joined Spurs on loan from Roma in 2005 before eventually signing a permanent deal in 2006. Mido initially looked promising, scoring twice in his debut against Portsmouth, but scored only twice more the rest of the season. The following season he scored 11 goals and then followed that up in 2006-07 with 5 more. We bought Mido for 6.75 million Euro and sold him for £6 million, so at least we made a small profit on him.