Tottenham strike target criticised by former Argentine hero

Tottenham striker target Osvaldo is in the press for the wrong reasons once again.

Backing up a number of reports in recent months, it was re-affirmed this weekend that Tottenham could be offered Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo in cut-price deal, with the Serie A side hoping to be shot of him.

That only appears more likely now, with the striker reportedly AWOL with the Lazio-Rome derby taking place this evening.

The Argentine-born Italian has 12 goals in 24 appearances for Roma this season but the club's hierarchy are fed up with him and ready to cut their losses on the talented but troublesome 27-year-old.

He was booked against Palermo in Roma's last outing, meaning he would be suspended for the derby - and he has caused controversy by visiting London instead of attending the game.

While his choice of destination will no doubt add to the transfer fire, he is claimed to be visiting his girlfriend rather than negotiating a summer switch.

Even so the choice not to attend the game has drawn criticism in Rome, with former Giallorossi striker Abel Balbo weighing in to have his say.

He said: "Osvaldo is wrong not to attend the derby and not to support his comrades but also wrong who allows him to do. These things would not happen to Milan."

While Balbo, a veteran of two World Cups with Argentina in the 90s, is perhaps presumptious Milan would be able to control a similar livewire - think Balotelli, he is correct that Osvaldo should be watching his teammates.

It is down to his own error of judgement that has seen him miss the important game, and should at the least be present with his pals.

If anything, his lack of commitment is a clear sign that Osvaldo feels no bond with Roma and expects to be sold in the summer. 

He'd be a gamble for Tottenham, but in the pitch one worth taking. But we are not sure how fans would take to him swanning off instead of watching the North London Derby, suspended or not.

Spurs fans, would you want Osvaldo at your club?


image: © Damien Cansse

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