AVB: Spurs won't sign a striker in January – should they?

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The under-fire Tottenham manager has stated that the north London club will not look to buy a new striker in the mid-season transfer window.

Andre Villas-Boas’ future may well be up in the air currently after his side’s humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, but the Portuguese coach has still been vocal in the media.

Despite the magnitude of the defeat at the Etihad Stadium, one of the main concerns for the White Hart Lane faithful has been the lack of goals their team has scored.

With the north London side only netting nine times in 12 Premier League outings this season and failing to score in their last three games, alarm bells are ringing.

Tottenham have been linked with a multitude of new strikers, with a move for a goalscorer touted in the media for January, but the former Porto maestro has denied that he is looking to strengthen his attacking ranks.

"(Roberto) Soldado, Jermain Defoe and (Emmanuel) Adebayor are all proven goalscorers, so we can't really get much better than these three,” he said ahead of Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Tromso.

"The only thing that we have to do, if we are not scoring from the opportunities we are creating, is making sure that we double the amount of opportunities we create to make sure a couple of them finish in the back of the net."

Given this statement, is Villas-Boas right to stick with what he has, or should he look to sign a new forward in January?

The answer really depends on the futures of the existing players at the club. Defoe has been linked with a big-money move to the MLS, while Adebayor has predominantly been on the fringe of things this term.

If one or both were to leave in January, obviously replacements are needed. However, with Soldado not hitting his best form yet but a proven finisher from his days in Spain, Tottenham possess three strikers capable of getting the goals needed to fire them into the top four.

Despite this, it may well require significant goal tallies from two of the three existing strikers to get them there, which is why Villas-Boas must consider scrapping his 4-2-3-1 formation and playing with two designated frontmen.

The majority of the White Hart Lane faithful want this to happen, but whether Villas-Boas sanctions it or not remains to be seen.

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