Tottenham Hotspur have just ended another progressive season after putting pressure on Chelsea and very much being the best of the rest.
One issue with this young growing squad is the lack of back up for their top scorer Harry Kane, who has come off another incredible season of form scoring 29 goals this season to retain the golden boot.
In the past Tottenham have tried in vain to find a suitable back up to Kane. Both Soldado and Janssen; who starred for both their national teams before arriving at Spurs, have hopelessly failed to meet the standard.
Levy has looked at signing an exciting future talent in Clinton N’Jie, who also failed to hit the mark going back to France a year after his move. These three contributing a dismal nine goals between them for Tottenham, despite a rumoured combined fee of over £50 million: a new strategy is clearly required.
Perhaps now it is time for Tottenham to try and sign a player from the past; a former legend of the club. At 34 years of age he might not seem too appealing or the typical Levy target, but having just scored 15 goals for a relegated Sunderland he still has quality and is now available for free.
That player; if you haven’t guessed it, is Jermain Defoe. He could be the short-term answer to Tottenham’s question of what to do when Kane is injured or in need of rest.
Despite his age there are many reasons as to why Tottenham should sign the former striker. Firstly he is a goal scorer, 15 goals for a truly awful Sunderland side this season is by all means an incredible achievement.
Defoe’s goals make up for more than half of Sunderland’s 29 for their entire Premier League season. So it would be hard to believe a fresh Defoe with Alli, Eriksen, Son and Lamela playing behind him not being able to score more than his predecessors in the roll of back up.
Secondly, if Harry Kane can learn anything else to add to his game there aren’t many worse to learn from than Defoe, with 158 goals in the Premier League, who has a goal-scoring record many would be proud of.
He may also help develop some of Tottenham’s younger strikers in the Academy set up as well as guidance for Janssen.
Defoe also offers something that neither Kane nor Janssen do: pace and agility. The thought of having defend aerially against Kane and in behind against Defoe would be enough to put any defence in the league in stitches and could push Spurs the next step to the title.
Finally, at 34 Defoe is not going to be considered at many other of the top clubs. So he could finish his career romantically at Bournemouth, if rumours are to be believed, where he once spent a season on loan.
Or alternatively he could go back to Tottenham to help them in a push for the title next year and, as their top goal scorer in European competition, help in the Champions League next year and maybe it can be a true fairy tale ending for Defoe’s career.
Written by Henry Tomlinson.
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