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Time for Tottenham Hotspur to give Jon Obika a chance?

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Tottenham Hotspur need a striker, and they have a freescoring one in their under-21 side. Problem solved?

Tottenham's under-21 side are flying this season, topping the table in their section in the first half of the campaign, and got the second phase off to a flier yesterday.

They won 5-1 against Wolves, with Jon Obika, Andros Townsend, Iago Falque and Tom Carroll all on the scoresheet.

Obika is the odd one out of the four, not just because he scored twice, but because he is the only one of the quartet not to feature in the first team this season.

He is scoring for fun at the moment, also bagging braces against Aston Villa and Newcastle sides this season. He also scored two in a 4-0 win over Charlton last week in a game where Zeki Fryers made his debut, meaning in 2013 he has four goals in two games.

Clearly he is bang in form, full of confidence, and is surely worth at least a place on the bench for Tottenham over the coming weeks.

Emmanuel Adebayor is off at the African Nations Cup, and with fellow youngster Harry Kane on loan, Spurs have just Jermain Defoe up front and Clint Dempsey as cover.

Rumours persist over new striker additions like Alvaro Negredo and Leandro Damiao, but they are at present just that, with no concrete evidence Spurs are close to signing anybody.

Adebayor's trip could only be brief, especially if Togo are quickly eliminated - very possible as they are hardly among the favourites - so it may be a shrewder decision to promote Obika to the first team.

He has experience in the Football League, with loan spells at five different clubs, including Yeovil Town more than once. If he is not utilised, expect him to be loaned out again, but Spurs could do worse than give him a chance.

His under-21 team mates have all had one, and it may be now or never for the in-form 22-year-old. If he does get his chance, knowing this, he will be even more determined to take it.

The weekend's game against Manchester United may not be the best one to throw him in on, but Andre Villas-Boas should at least consider the option of getting him involved over the coming weeks, especially if he does not sign a new forward.

His form is beginning to demand it.

Would you like to see Obika given an opportunity?

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