AVB gone but former Porto star is still answer to Tottenham's attacking woes

Andre Villas-Boas may have proven a big mistake for Spurs but one of his former players could still solve their attacking problems.

Fifteen goals in 16 Premier League games is an embarrassing total by any side's standards.

Only five teams have scored less - and none of them are in the top half of the table.

Andre Villas-Boas has, of course, paid the price for that humiliating statistic - as well as other misfortunes - with Tottenham parting company with their head coach just four months into the season.

But the Spurs hierarchy should not let that deter them from pursuing one of AVB's former players.

With nine goals in 14 league games in the Russian league, Brazil forward Hulk may just provide the answer to Tottenham's attacking woes.

The 27-year-old had been a long-term target for Villas-Boas ever since the Portuguese boss left Porto, where he coached Hulk, alongside the likes of Joao Moutinho and Radamel Falcao.

Yet AVB's departure should not mean an end to any potential interest in the Brazilian.

At Zenit, Hulk has demonstrated flashes of his brilliance, helping the Russian club overcome his former employers in their Champions League group and qualify for the last 16.

"Helping" is perhaps an understatement, with the 27-year-old scoring three times and registering five assists. Add that to his league form and you have a player who is firing from all cylinders.

One argument is that Hulk is scoring against inferior defences - but his European exploits put that theory to one side.

A striker scoring goals regularly, moreover, is more likely to succeed against stronger defences than one who is not. Someone like Roberto Soldado, for instance.

The Spaniard, of course, has not received the best of service so far this campaign - if any at all - but that is actually another area Brazilian Hulk could help out in.

Equally as versatile as he is strong, the 27-year-old is accustomed to playing out wide and could create the perfect link between Tottenham's midfield and their lone forward - be it Soldado or Jermain Defoe.

Spurs have invested heavily already this season but a chaotic transfer policy after the sale of Gareth Bale has left vast gaps in an otherwise talented squad.

Signing Hulk could be the first step towards filling one of those gaps - and it could work wonders for their goals tally.

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