Is Leandro Damiao still the missing piece in Tottenham's jigsaw?

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Tottenham Hotspur have undergone an impressive transformation this summer under Andre Villas-Boas but is there one piece of the Spurs jigsaw missing?

The Portuguese coach has turned what was a frustrating end to the season and what could have been a depressing summer into one of the most exciting times in Tottenham’s history.

The ‘imminent’ sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid has been looming all summer long but rather than burying their heads in the sand over their best player’s potential departure, they’ve moved forward with intelligence, confidence and foresight to bring in an array of talent that now has the fans excited and hopeful about the club’s progression.

The additions of Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue for a combined £58.4 million represent quality in abundance and, crucially, ambition to improve and progress.

Undoubtedly the most progressive club in the Premier League at present, Villas-Boas has taken the torch from Harry Redknapp and run with it – on his own terms – and with the backing of Daniel Levy to facilitate his vision for the club, the manager has been able to reinvent Spurs this summer.

Outgoings of a number of youngsters as well as senior players like William Gallas, Steven Caulker, Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker show demonstrate the boss’ commitment and conviction to reshape the team and accept nothing less than top quality.

However, Villas-Boas may not be done yet – it would appear at present that the club still have some deals to tie up in both directions. The potential sale of Gareth Bale will also free up yet even more resources to the manager but where will he be inclined to reinforce his squad?

At present, Tottenham have made quality purchases to add to their midfield and forward positions but no club with top four aspirations can rely on only one top quality striker all season.

Roberto Soldado has already scored two league goals for his new club and looks ready and set to hit the ground running at White Hart Lane. However, his potential replacements should the manager need to call on them are Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, who are both linked with potential moves away from North London.

In recent transfer windows, one name has been perpetually on the lips of Spurs fans and that name is Leandro Damiao. The 24-year-old Brazilian striker had been linked with Spurs last summer, this January and then again this summer but rumours had cooled since his current club Internacional seemed unable and or unwilling to negotiate his sale.

Both Liverpool and Southampton have been linked with him in recent weeks with the player’s agent stating his client was waiting for ‘a more ambitious club’ and at present, he would be hard-pushed to find a more ambitious and progressive club than Tottenham Hotspur.

He’s rated at £21 million which, for a player of his talent and potential, is not a huge outlay – especially considering the potentially mouth-watering £90 million Spurs could have in their pocket from the sale of a certain Welshman.

Andre Villas-Boas has reimagined Tottenham this summer and the club have moved forward with his ambition in an impressive and audacious fashion but is Leandro Damiao still the missing piece in Spurs’ jigsaw puzzle?

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