At present, there aren’t many issues that divide Spurs fans as much as Pochettino’s choice of striker. A lack of goals, the hangover from last season’s problems and the angst over AVB and Sherwood have all contributed.
Soldado made his first league start of the season last weekend, reopening the debate.
With Pochettino favouring a 4-2-3-1 there is only room for one regular starter in the league but who should it be?
(See below for Poll and results)
Adebayor was easily the most effective striker last year once he was brought back into the team, scoring 11 times in the Premier League. He is big and strong, providing a useful aerial target. He holds the ball up well and is relatively quick.
On the negative side, sometimes his touch is not the best and he isn’t that quick at releasing the ball, vital for counter attacking football. He also tends to drift left and doesn’t get in the box enough, although this can lead to some useful work in the channels.
1 goal in 7 this term is not a great return.
It’s fair to say Soldado has had a torrid time so far at Tottenham. Of all our Bale funded recruits, the former Valencia man was supposed to be the finished article, ready to start immediately. 6 goals in 31 league games – most of them penalties – tells it’s own story.
Low on confidence, he has struggled to adapt to the Premier League. Nobody would deny he has had his problems at White Hart Lane but the question is can he come good or is he just not suited to the English game?
Soldado may have missed the vital penalty at the Etihad, but otherwise he had a pretty good game. He linked up well with Eriksen, Mason and Chadli. He played a part in the nice one touch passing moves that sliced City open and gave us hope. He set up the goal and played the pass of the match, putting Mason through.
The problem is he doesn’t provide enough of a goal threat, which was, after all, what we bought him for.
- Harry Kane
Harry Kane came up through Tottenham’s youth ranks and is still very raw at the age of just 21. He is tall and can provide an aerial target but has the skills to play as a number 10 – just the combination Pochettino had in Rickie Lambert at Southampton.
He can certainly pass the ball – see his nice assist for Dier in the first game of the season. He also isn’t afraid to shoot, as demonstrated by his fine solo goal against Besiktas.
He sounds perfect!
His issue is his inexperience. Soldado and Adebayor have both proved they can play at the top of the game (at Valencia Soldado was unstoppable). Kane is still so young and doubts remain if he can really handle football at the highest level.
In January a striker must be top of Daniel Levy’s list but who should Pochettino go with until then?
This is a tough choice and I can see strong arguments for and against all three.
Personally I would try out Soldado again this weekend against Newcastle. Going forward we looked sharp at City – defending was our problem – and the Spanish striker was at least a part of that. Kane isn’t ready yet and Adebayor doesn’t fit the system as well.
What do you think? Should we buy a striker in the transfer window? Who would you go for? Let me know in the comments below.
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