All three Spanish strikers have been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but which of them would be the best bit of business?
If Tottenham Hotspur do miss out on Champions League football this season, and it looks likely that they will at this stage, one reason for their failure to nab fourth spot will undoubtedly be the poor form of their strikers. Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor have both had trouble with injuries, international duty and suspension, but ultimately have fallen short too often on the pitch for their team.
Spurs will thus be aiming to bring in at least one high class forward this summer, and will be linked with a plethora of players. The latest rumours have suggested that Andre Villas-Boas has convinced David Villa to come to White Hart Lane, but in the past his international teammates Alvaro Negredo and Roberto Soldado have also been linked to Spurs.
Villa is the most high profile of the three players, but also the oldest, at 31 compared to Soldado and Negredo at 27. Spain’s all-time record goal scorer has been on the fringes at Barcelona this season, frequently being limited to substitute appearances. He has managed to pick up 15 goals, with his nine La Liga goals coming in 25 appearances, only 14 of which have been starts.
Both Soldado and Negredo have not had any issues in making the starting eleven for Valencia and Sevilla respectively, and have enjoyed more prolific seasons as a result. Soldado has bagged 27 goals in all competitions, including 21 in 32 games in La Liga. Negredo has one goal less than Soldado overall, and has scored 20 goals in 33 appearances in the Spanish first division.
Price will also be a factor, with Villa likely to be the cheapest of the three at around £12million, Negredo will probably go for nearer £15million, whilst Soldado will probably push the £20million mark.
In the past it would have been a no brainer, with David Villa a cut above nearly every other striker in the world in his late 20s, however there is more of a risk now to spend over £10million on a 31 year old with a poor recent injury record.
However Villa has still proven this season that when on the pitch, he will score goals, and if Spurs could get two or three years out of him at near his best, he could be exactly the player they need to step up a level.
Who would be your first choice?
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