Nope, it’s not David Villa but a slightly lower profile attacker in the form of Ibrahim Afellay.
Afellay was strongly tipped for a move to White Hart Lane last month but it’s since emerged it may have been a very good thing for the club that nothing ever came to fruition from those rumours.
He was loaned to FC Schalke last season following a knee problem and injury has just reared its ugly head again, meaning that the Dutchman is unlikely to be fit for the start of the new season.
“He had a relapse. It's a serious blow. It will take more weeks than expected for him to be fit again,” his agent Rob Jansen told AD.
Spurs still need some attacking support ahead of the new campaign to not just take the pressure away from Gareth Bale, but to give Andre Villas-Boas different tactical options when his game plans go out the window.
Spurs could still try to orchestrate a loan deal for the 27-year-old, which would now be very easy considering he’s injured and other teams are unlikely to make a move for him.
“Because of the injury, the chance he can leave on loan has become very small now, that's how it works,” added Jansen.
However, that would be pointless considering Spurs are heading into a very important season and need to hit the ground running with all important players in their squad fit and ready to fire on all cylinders.
He seems to be one of those players constantly followed around by injury issues but the significance of his latest injury, a muscular problem, means any bid on the part of Tottenham earlier in the summer would have turned out to be a very poor investment.
Muscle issues don’t just disappear overnight, they are often problems that follow players throughout their careers, requiring sensible management in order to get the most out of the player.
That can be demonstrated by the muscle problems he had in 2011, just before he ruptured his cruciate ligament, which simply added to the list of physical deficiencies he’s currently dragging around with him.
Afellay is not a ticking time bomb by any means, he remains a very talented player and always will be but AVB seems to have done himself a favour in not going after the midfielder.
He can now focus on getting a similar attacking player who can firstly, start the season fully fit and then play through that season without part of his mind worrying about whether muscle and knee problems will flare up.
Have Spurs dodged a bullet? Is he still worth the risk for the club?
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