Tottenham Hotspur are coming into this year’s January transfer window in a very good moment after a successful festive period where they picked up 10 points out of 12 culminating in that fantastic display against Chelsea on New Year’s day.
This season was always going to be one of transition and at the start, there was little expectation of a top four finish from the Spurs fans. However, with five months into the season, they are still in the mix for the Champions League places, in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and into the next round of the Europa League.
Things are looking up for the Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino realizes he has to make new purchases if they are to make that final push for a top four finish and possibly Cup glory this year. The Argentine must have had enough time to assess his squad properly and figure out who needs to be discarded while adding quality to his side in January.
The area that they need reinforcements the most is in the attack where goals have been so hard to come by, except for the 5-3 win against Chelsea. The North London side have developed a knack for squeezing out away wins, and while their home form has not been great overall, it’s improved of late.
They have had to rely on English youngster Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen for goals this season as Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado have failed to inspire any confidence. However, over-reliance on Kane and Eriksen could wear them out and spell a potential disaster for the North London side in the latter stages of the season.
Here are some realistic striker targets that they could target in the January transfer window:
Wilfred Bony (Swansea City)
The best option. Proven and dependable. He was the most prolific goalscorer in the Premier League last year too with 20 goals and has attracted a host of clubs who are desperate to securing his signature.
Swansea are understandably not keen to part ways with the Ivorian striker whose contact expires in 2018, but if Spurs can put in a serious bid, perhaps they can be persuaded if the cash is splashed in their faces. Daniel Levy might have to pay over the odds for him, but it’ll be worth it.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers)
Austin represents one of the revelations of the season so far. The Rangers striker has been in tremendous form this season and has registered 12 goals in 18 appearances, the best tally for any Englishman in the Premier League and the third best overall.
The 25-year-old’s story is made all the more remarkable considering that he was playing non-league football just five seasons ago. He’s a good natural finisher, strong in the air and his defensive contribution is pretty good too.
The former Burnley man could prove a decent upgrade on Soldado and Adebayor should Spurs get him in January.
Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion)
Tottenham have been linked to the 21-year-old in recent weeks and it’s easy to see why. The England youngster made a blistering start to the campaign, scoring seven goals in West Brom’s first nine games, and won an England call-up along the way.
However, his form has dipped in recent weeks with one goal in his last 11 Premier League appearances and he has started just one of the Baggies’ last five games.
Berahino could be a good buy for Spurs, maybe as a squad player, but he hardly represents a genuine solution to their issues this season.
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
Pochettino is understood to be a big fan of the 25-year-old from his time at Southampton and may try to bring him to the club this January after a failed attempt in the summer.
He was top scorer for the Saints last season with 17 goals in all competitions, but the Englishman is set to be out of action until February as he continues his rehabilitation following his anterior cruciate ligament injury more than eight months ago. He was scheduled to make a comeback in December but suffered another setback that will keep him out for a while longer.
Best for Spurs to look at other alternatives for now.
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