With Tottenham continuing their search for a new striker, there is one close to home who would be perfect for them.
In the build-up to Saturday’s match against Tottenham, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup talked of the “Fifa virus”, a term used in Spain to describe the negative effects of an international break on the bigger teams.
In the end, Spurs didn’t succumb to any such virus, as a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium moved them into third place in the Premier League. But not for the first time this season, the London side’s success came without any significant impact from their strikers.
With every new transfer window, the call for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to sign a goal-scorer becomes ever louder. With the sparkling form of Gareth Bale, and the goal-scoring ability of Jan Vertonghen – a man whose job description is to keep them out rather than score them – Levy may argue they don’t need one.
But the truth is, Saturday’s win was Spurs’ first in four. And they cannot keep relying on Bale to get them out of trouble.
Brazilian Leandro Damiao continues to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane. And recent comments from his current club’s director of football suggest Damiao will be playing elsewhere next season. But competition for his signature will be fierce with Napoli serious in their pursuit. And Levy isn’t known for making offers that blow the competition out of the water.
Despite reports of an alternative target in Lille striker Moussa Sow, Spurs would do well to look closer to home; at the club only one place above them in the league, in fact.
Reports last week suggested the Bosnian frontman was also a target for Napoli. But if there are no English clubs interested, there should be.
When given the chance, Dzeko is a consistent goal-threat for club and country. Currently top scorer in the European section of the World Cup qualifiers, a lack of starts for City hasn’t prevented him from remembering where the goal is.
During his time at German side Wolfsburg, he scored 66 goals in 111 appearances. It was a record that caught the eye of Europe’s elite, and ultimately led to his £27million move to the Etihad.
But he would cost significantly less now. And considering the £20million-plus prices quoted for both Sow and Damiao, Villas-Boas’s transfer budget may be better spent on a player who knows – and has excelled in – the Premier League.
Still only 27, Dzeko would thrive in being first-choice as 26 league appearances this season don’t tell the whole story – only half of those were starts. And yet he already has 13 goals to add to the 19 he scored last season.
With City continually linked to some of the world’s best forwards, and both Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez ahead of him, it would be no surprise if this were Dzeko’s last season for City.
Perhaps Roberto Mancini’s side will hold out for more than Tottenham can afford. Or perhaps they don’t see him as a player to fit either their style or their future. But adding such a prolific striker to an already impressive line-up would give Tottenham the fire-power to further improve next season.
The truth is they probably need two new strikers, should the budget allow. But while they may be taking a risk on one of them, Dzeko would be no risk at all.
Would Dzeko be a success at White Hart Lane? And is he a viable alternative to the strikers already linked with Tottenham?
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