Date: 10th January 2013 at 5:20pm
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Ever since Berbatov left the club, we are after some quality strikers. Likes of Crouch, Pav, Defoe & Ade have done their bits over the last few seasons.

With Adebayor leaving for ACN and his latest comments on AVB looks like his days are numbered. We are now left with one recognised striker Defoe and one possible second striker in Dempsey. In the media we have been heavily linked with Leandro Damiao. Most Spurs fans are quite crazy about acquiring Damiao. But is he the right striker for us in Jan2012?

Personally, I am very pessimistic about how successful he would be. Here is a comment from one of the Brazillian Journalist on Damiao – ‘I think that 25m tag is also outdated by now, he was very poor in thee last months and had injuries.’ It is true and some could be surprised that his last goal came on 23 Sep 2012 and for last 562 minutes he hasn’t found the net. Add to that he has been having niggling injuries. His goal tally last season is 7 from 19 for Internacional, who finished at 10th.

There is no doubt that he is a potential, but buying him in Jan will be a wrong move for the quoted price. We should rather look at couple of other Strikers who are within the price range and could make a difference. Top of the list for me is Alvaro Negredo- perfect no 9, carried Sevilla on his shoulders all these years. When he had decent service he always delivered. In a poor Sevilla side, he is having a good season scoring 11 goals in 18 games.

I could get ridiculed for the second option but here it is – Gary Hooper from Celtic. Released by Spurs at 14 after a trial, he has had a interesting career. Scottish league is not the best league in the world, no where near it – but they do unearth some top talents time to time. We did not want to’ look at Jelavic, now he looks like a top striker in Everton.

Hooper has always been a goal scorer. Never scored less than 20 goals in a season from 2008. 70 goals in 115 games including 8 in 16 in Europe for Celtic. Penalty box striker, can play along the lines , great first touch. He is not the best header of the ball but he is known for his link up play with midfielders. To me either Negredo or Hooper would be good business and both could compliment our midfield. One thing is clear, adding the correct striker will define whether we will be top 4 or outside top4.

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