Tottenham Verdict: Spurs need a forward but what type and who?

18:00 12 November 2012

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA wire

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA wire

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Tottenham’s recent form has proven that they do not have enough forward players at their disposal.

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Jermain Defoe has been in scintillating form for the Lilywhites this season, while Emmanuel Adebayor was on the treatment table.

But the Togo international has failed to shine in recent games and appeared more interested in his feud with Pablo Zabaleta in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City, than he did in scoring against his former club.

Head coach Andre Villas-Boas likes to play Clint Dempsey behind the striker but the American is yet to fire on all cylinders.

He took the plaudits for his goals for Fulham last season, but it was Mousa Dembele who was the real star.

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor. Photo credit: Tim Hales/PA wireTottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor. Photo credit: Tim Hales/PA wire

Dempsey just has not shown, so far, that he is good enough to play for a club with the ambitions that Tottenham have.

Villas-Boas has about six weeks to identify a new forward to sign in January – otherwise their Champions League hopes are likely to fade.

The Portuguese boss must look for a goal poacher either like Manchester United and Manchester City have in Javier Hernandez and Edin Dzeko.

The pair make more appearances as substitutes but have scored 10 goals between them in the Premier League this season and it is no surprise that their sides are first and second respectively.

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA WireManchester City's Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Defoe has played that role for Spurs before but he wants to be a regular starter and both Chicharito and Dzeko would want a similar role, in the extremely unlikely event they would want a move away from Manchester.

One player Spurs could have gone for would have been a pricy gamble but if they had invested £7million in Jordan Rhodes they’d have a young player with an eye for goal.

The Scot isn’t the finished product but he has proven at Blackburn that he can make an impact.

Strikers cost money and Hernandez and Dzeko are luxuries to have on the bench.

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game. Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICSManchester United's Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game. Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

The problem is, with two forwards, whose mood depends on whether they are given regular first team football, already in the squad Villas-Boas will have a job keeping his staff happy.

That’s why a player like Burnley’s Charlie Austin would fit the bill. He’d be able to develop as a substitute.

The 23-year-old has been in sensational form for the Clarets, scoring an astonishing 20 goals in 18 games in all competitions for a side that is currently 13th in the Championship. Of those 18 games, he has failed to score in four of them.

Austin has potential and being able to come on for 20 minute cameos here and there may catapult him to Premier League stardom in the long run.

Burnley's Sam Vokes (left) celebrates his goal with team mates Charlie Austin (centre) and Michael Duff (right). Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICSBurnley's Sam Vokes (left) celebrates his goal with team mates Charlie Austin (centre) and Michael Duff (right). Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

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