Is Jackson Martinez the answer to Tottenham's prayers?

Tottenham Hotspur are in desperate need of another striker as they head into this summer transfer window.

Whilst Jermaine Defoe performed admirably once again, scoring 15 goals in 43 appearances for Spurs, his injury after Christmas meant that Andre Villas-Boas had to rely on Emmanuel Adebayor up front and that’s not likely to be a situation he’ll want to replicate next term.

So, Spurs need a striker. Currently they’re linked with potential moves for Barcelona’s David Villa, along with long-term target Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao of Internacional who was a target of theirs last summer and right on through to January.

However, what Tottenham really need is a striker of proven quality, who can score a minimum of 20 goals a season who is in the kind of category just underneath the likes of the Radamel Falcao’s, and Edinson Cavani’s.

Tottenham can’t afford that calibre but, underneath that threshold, there are a number of gems across the continent who could come in and do a job for the right price. Porto’s Jackson Martinez is that kind of calibre.

He was only brought in by Porto last year – to replace none other than Radamel Falcao as it happens – and he’s had a very impressive debut season for the Primeira Liga champions. He’s netted an incredible 34 goals in 39 appearances.

He’s no one-season wonder either. His previous tallies in Mexico and his homeland Colombia are roughly averaging a goal every two games.

It’s a mark of Porto’s fantastic scouting system and development academy – the structure of which is something Villas-Boas is very familiar with – that they find these South American gems and polish them up into world-class superstars worth four or five times what they were brought in for.

Martinez fits that bill. Whilst he’s not quite Falcao, he has the potential to be – make no mistake, Porto brought him in for that reason and they’re very rarely wrong about their players’ potential.

Martinez cost Porto $11 million. Which is roughly £7 million. Spurs would likely have to stump up around twice that to really test Porto’s resolve but that’s still nothing in comparison to the price he’ll be worth this time next year.

His career’s trajectory is definitely on the rise and if he doesn’t get snapped up this summer but one of the big La Liga, Premier League or Bundesliga clubs he will definitely be on their shopping lists next summer. Spurs will need to move quick to secure the services of the next Radamel Falcao.

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