Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly be offered first option on taking Clint Dempsey on loan.
The American forward left White Hart Lane to go and play in the MLS with Seattle Sounders and his deal with the American side included a clause which allowed him to go on loan during the off season.
With Spurs having first option on a loan deal for the striker and with Andre Villas-Boas needing attacking support, it could be a good option for both parties.
However, in the eyes of many Spurs fans the American doesn’t represent the sort of powerful superstar forward, who can guarantee a high volume of goals in what would be a short space of time.
His numbers last season for Tottenham were respectable but you would expect more from someone who plays regularly in forward positions; 22 starts and seven sub appearances in the Premier League with seven goals and four assists.
The obvious advantage is that he has contemporary experience of what it’s like to play for Tottenham.
He knows the way that AVB likes to work, he knows the setup of the club and he knows many of the current squad, which would allow him to slot straight into the side with no need for a settling in period.
He is someone who always worked hard for Tottenham as well, regardless of his status in the squad or whether he was getting regular matches.
One of the noticeable things about the Tottenham attack at the moment is the lack of runs that Roberto Soldado is making up front and the willingness of Jermain Defoe to drop deep and get on the ball.
Dempsey is someone who runs the channels very well, always moving and always looking to give the midfielders in any team he’s playing for an option.
With January one of the most difficult times in the season to sign high profile players, it’s a good option.
Many teams are reluctant to do big pieces of business, especially for their big players in the middle of a season because it can affect their chances of success and the way their team is playing.
Dempsey offers a solid, reliable option but he’s not the striker signing who will work miracles and score the Luis Suarez-esque volume of goals that will power Tottenham into the top four.
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