Another transfer window has passed and Spurs’ long time transfer target Saido Berahino is still a West Brom player, despite a desperate attempt to sign him on Deadline Day. This failure to bring him or a similar type of player in has left us alarmingly short up front, which makes me think that the reason to leave Emmanuel Adebayor out of our 25-man Premier League squad altogether a trifle confusing.
At the moment we have two recognised strikers in the squad. However, one is Clinton N’Jie, a completely unproven youngster brought in from the French Ligue 1. If Harry Kane gets injured, are we really going to throw this 21-year-old in at the deep end?
Talk about pressure on Harry Kane’s shoulders as well. We’ve been saying it all summer that someone has needed to be brought in to take some of the goalscoring responsibility away from him.
So why couldn’t we have brought Adebayor back in? Sure the striker is troubled, and has had more personal problems than anyone should have in a lifetime. But Harry Redknapp and Tim Sherwood managed to get the best out of him, and when he is at his best, he’s an absolute handful for the best of defenders. I think the manager has got to take some responsibility here – Adebayor is clearly the type of player who needs to be treated delicately.
Whilst I would have preferred to move him on, as personally I don’t think we should entertain prima donnas, the fact is that we didn’t. And with a dearth of options in that position, the fact that we seem to have given up on him all together is shameful. Surely, if Kane were to get injured, he’d be a better option than an unproven 21-year-old.
The fact that we’re continuing to pay his wages throughout all of this as well is a joke, and this decision is something that the club should outright explain to the fans instead of fobbing us off with news of signing another “striker”. I’m talking here about the signing of Son Heung Min. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about seeing him in action, he looks a very promising prospect. But he’s a winger or an inside-forward at best, a position in which we already have plenty of talent, and I don’t think I was alone in my anger at the club website’s description of him as a “striker”. He isn’t, and I think they used the term to appease fellow supporters less in the know, rather embarrassing really.
We haven’t won in four games, and our one main striker hasn’t scored yet. We’re paying another proven Premier League striker extortionate wages to be ineligible to play in the League (or in Europe for that matter) and the club have tried to fob off the fans by lying and saying that we’d signed a striker when we’d really signed another “inside-forward”. The whole situation is a mess.
We can only hope that Clinton N’Jie is the next Harry Kane.