Tottenham are currently linked with two of the best strikers in the Premier League ahead of the January transfer window.
Javier Hernandez has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford since the arrival of David Moyes this summer and Robin van Persie the summer previous and, ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next summer, the 25-year-old Mexican is likely going to have to move on if he wants regular access to first-team football.
The same cannot be said of 22-year-old Christian Benteke who is undoubtedly the most important member of Paul Lambert’s team at Aston Villa. The Belgian frontman signed a new contract this summer, amidst interest from a number of the continent’s top clubs after a sensational season last term.
Meanwhile, Spurs have only just signed Roberto Soldado and so far the Spaniard has been settling in well at White Hart Lane where Andre Villas-Boas is the man in charge of overseeing this revolution in North London. Following the sale of the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale this summer, Spurs have reinforced, reinvented and reinvigorated their side with seven new players, many attacking talents with creativity and flair in abundance.
That is surely exactly the kind of side, where competition for places is fierce, that a top striker would want to go to – unless you’re Javier Hernandez perhaps who currently finds himself drawn the short straw up against Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and even Danny Welbeck.
Benteke could likely walk into the starting line up of any side in the country where as Chicharito would at any other club than Manchester United but, if he moved to Spurs, he’d still be contending with Soldado and Jermaine Defoe and even, to a lesser extent, Emmanuel Adebayor.
Overall, I do, however, believe that Hernandez would actually suit Tottenham’s style of play and Villas-Boas’ philosophy better than Benteke – both strikers are supremely gifted technically and both are confident and dominant in the air but I think the Mexican is actually better suited to a team like Tottenham or Arsenal or Borussia Dortmund or even Swansea whose game is all about ball retention, passing and movement.
Hernandez is a highly intelligent striker with excellent movement and dangerous finishing skills which you could also say of Benteke but the Belgian is more adept at holding the ball up with his back to goal than Hernandez and that suits Villa’s style under Lambert ideally but, whilst I’m sure Villas-Boas could find a use for one of the best strikers in the country, I think Chicharito would compliment Spurs’ overall play better.
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