Five internal options for Spurs to replace Emmanuel Adebayor during African Cup of Nations

The striker has decided he will represent his country in South Africa this month leaving Spurs with just Jermain Defoe as a recognised striker. Who could move from midfield, come back from loan or step up from the youth team to fill the void?

After weeks of speculation Tottenham front-man Emmanuel Adebayor has decided to end his dispute with the Togo football federation and will play for The Sparrow Hawks in South Africa 2013. He could be away for anything up to a month; although Togo are in the ‘Group of Death’ with Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Algeria and therefore are expected to come home early. Regardless he will still miss a minimum of four games due to his participation.

While bringing in a striker may be a priority anyway could Andre Villas Boas get away with it for now?

Here are five internal options.

Clint Dempsey

The obvious solution lies in the feet of the American. Signed from Fulham in the summer the advanced midfield man is more than capable in holding his own up-front; despite his kit number. He has mostly had to settle for a place coming on from the bench this campaign but he does have the quality that Tottenham may need during this period of Adebayor’s absence.

Souleymane Coulibaly

The Ivorian youngster was dubbed one of the best young players in the world after a magnificent 2011 under-17 World Cup and Spurs were the lucky ones to acquire him from Italian outfit Siena. The 18-year-old is still highly thought of at White Hart Lane and could find himself promoted to the first team in these circumstances.

Harry Kane

At the beginning of the season it appeared that Andre Villas Boas had really taken a shine to the young lad after an impressive loan spell at Millwall the previous season he caught AVB’s eye in the summer. However when Dempsey arrived he sought to farm out Kane to Norwich City; where things have not gone quite to plan. He missed a sitter against West Ham and has missed most the season with a broken metatarsal. He recently returned to first-team action and a recall may be in the offing.

Shaquille Coulthirst

18-year-old Londoner Coulthirst caused a stir in November last year when he put Barcelona to the sword in their own backyard during a 4-1 humbling of La Masia graduates in Cataluña. The under-18s top scorer last season he could be used as a wildcard in Adebayor’s absence in light of his brilliant NextGen Series form.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

An unusual choice but the use of midfield men up-top has not been a rare thing in recent years. Gylfi certainly has goalscoring pedigree both at Swansea and previous club Reading not to mention the physical stature to play up-top. Of all the out-and-out midfield men at Villas Boas’s disposal the Icelander may be his best bet at an auxiliary striker.

Could any of these do a job while Adebayor is away?

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