Tottenham Hotspur can now use that dreaded tool of hindsight to realise that they had a cataclysmic disaster at the start of the season. The decision not to invest heavily in a new front-man has cost them Champions League football.
Relying on Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe to lead the line for an entire season was not the greatest of ideas and in the end it became clear that another striker might have made all the difference.
This summer the club are not ready to make such a mistake.
Already the name of Leandro Damiao has again been linked with the club as interest in the Brazilian striker grows.
But the new name on the block is Valencia forward Roberto Soldado; a name gaining plenty of momentum.
According to many sources Andre Villas-Boas sees the Spanish international, who has scored 21 goals in La Liga this term, as the perfect solution for their striking shortage.
Earlier this month he admitted he could leave the club if Valencia ‘need money and are looking to sell’.
Valencia are just one of many La Liga outfits haemorrhaging cash and are said to be ready to sell many top players; even if they do beat Real Sociedad to the final Champions League qualifying spot.
But a former Valencia marksman is also available.
Barcelona star David Villa is set to leave the club; with the arrival of Neymar this weekend effectively terminating his Nou Camp career.
AVB previously announced a desire to sign a player he dubbed ‘one of the world’s best strikers’ and now it seems he is available; with a quote of £15 million being bandied around.
But which one should Spurs invest in?
It seems both are definitely available and in some respects the pair are similar in playing style.
Soldado is likely to cost more but in paying that extra they would be getting younger legs for their buck.
But Villa is certainly the more natural goal-scorer; even if he has not been given the chance to prove it lately in Catalonia.
So in my eyes; judging on pure footballing ability Villa is the player they should pursue.
But not at £15 million. This is a 31-year-old striker who only recently spent an entire season out injured with a broken leg and knee problems.
If that figure was to drop below £10 million then sure, snap him up; but if it doesn’t Spurs should finance a deal to bring in the younger model and hope he blooms into his prime at White Hart Lane.
Who would you rather see? Villa or Soldado?
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