Tottenham Hotspur and QPR both need a new striker

Inside Loftus Road

There were plenty of good performances in the 0-0 draw at Loftus Road on Saturday, but both sides looked blunt going forward, and would certainly benefit from signing a striker for the second half of the season.

If the speculation in the press is true, then both QPR and Tottenham Hotspur will add a new striker before the end of January, and the goalless draw they played out at the weekend was a timely reminder to each side that they need to sign a forward.

QPR will have been happy to add the point to the three they took from Stamford Bridge recently, but when they are playing less illustrious opposition they will need to be more attacking, and Taarabt as a lone forward will not get them the wins required to avoid relegation.

The injury to Bobby Zamora was a horrible piece of luck, but the fact that none of their other strikers looks nowhere near good enough to take his place shows poor work in the transfer market in previous windows. That needs to be remedied in the next few weeks if they are to carry enough threat in the final months of the season.

Loic Remy now looks unlikely to join QPR, with Newcastle the Frenchman’s expected destination, but Remy would not have been the ideal man at Loftus Road anyway. Redknapp should be looking for a target man than Taarabt can play off, and Remy is more suited to drifting out to the flanks.

Tottenham Hotspur could perhaps go in for the Frenchman, but they too should be looking at a central striker. Last season their inaction in January cost them dearly as they dropped behind Arsenal in the league, and ended up not qualifying for the Champions League. Jermain Defoe is in poor form at the moment, and Adebayor is in even worse nick and off to the African Cup of Nations for the next few weeks .

A move for Leandro Damiao looks difficult to achieve, and Alvaro Negredo doesn’t fit the bill for a tradition Daniel Levy signing in that at 27, the striker would have no sell on value. It won’t be easy to find a striker with enough quality to lift the side in January, but it would certainly be worth paying slightly over the odds to get a player now, rather than waiting for the summer when Spurs could well not be in the Champions League once again.

Both QPR and Spurs face a vital second half of the season. Relegation and Champions League football are at stake, and currently each side is being let down by a lack of quality upfront. If the right strikers are signed, you can expect Spurs to be in the Champions League next season, and QPR safely in the Premier League.

images: © Tom Cuppens, © Ben Sutherland

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