Five non-Damiao options for Tottenham to replace Adebayor on the cheap

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor hasn’t exactly set the world on fire at White Hart Lane this term.

What’s more is he’s missed some agonizing chances – his penalty in the Europa League springs to mind – and he really hasn’t been the same player Spurs had on loan last season.

Such is life but should Andre Villas-Boas consider offloading him this summer, there are five fantastic reasons to do so. And we are not including the constantly linked mirage that is Leandro Damiao in with that bunch.

Adebayor cost Spurs just £5 million, which is good value for money seeing as Manchester City spent about five times that bringing him from Arsenal four years ago.

He’s 29 now and doesn’t quite present the same threat he did earlier on in his career – this term he’s scored just 5 goals in 25 appearances in the Premier League which is not enough for a team like Tottenham who thrive on 20-plus goals a season strikers like Jermaine Defoe and previously Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.

Even Roman Pavlyuchenko would chip in between 10- and 15 goals a season, mostly from the bench and that’s what Villas-Boas will either be looking for from Adebayor or, as the case may be, his replacement.

So where could Tottenham find a striker who can score goals in double figures who’d be available for around £5 million?

Well, they could trying looking in the Eredivisie where Feyendoord’s loan star Graziano Pelle could be available for around £3 million from Parma – he’s scored 27 goals in 29 appearances this term and at 27 years old he’s still got plenty of mileage left in him. He’s also noted up 9 assists, which is triple what Adebayor has contributed this term.

Or perhaps Villas-Boas could be interested in another 27-year-old, Red Bull Salzburg’s Jonathan Soriano who’s netted 26 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances this term plus 7 assists. He’s valued under £2 million.

Daniel Levy should also definitely be aware of the talents of 23-year-old Jozy Altidore at AZ Alkmaar where he’s scored 23 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie this term.

Closer to home is also Celtic striker Gary Hooper who’s valued around £4 million and racked up 29 goals in all competitions this term, 19 goals and 8 assists for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League this term. At 25 years of age he’s just entering the peak years in any striker’s career, he’d be a great option for Spurs.

Or, if that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, how about 24-year-old Austria Vienna striker Philipp Hosiner who has managed to score an incredible 32 goals in 35 appearances in the Bundesliga this season, 41 goals scored in all competitions. He’s valued at just £1.8 million.

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