Is re-signing £30m striker the key to top four finish for Tottenham?

Tottenham Hotspur have this week been linked with interest in re-signing former striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The 32-year-old Bulgarian has made clear his desire to leave London rivals Fulham but could he return to White Hart Lane this month almost six years after leaving Spurs on a £30.75 million deal to join Manchester United?

North London rivals Arsenal have ruled out a move to sign the forward from Fulham, despite his unhappiness at Craven Cottage but with Jermaine Defoe leaving Spurs to sign for Toronto earlier this month, could Berbatov be the ideal signing to fire Tottenham into the top four under Tim Sherwood?

At present Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor are improving in the 4-4-2 system deployed by Sherwood since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas but Spurs may well be looking to bolster their attacking armament to aid their pursuit of a Champions League qualification place this term.

Currently, the North Londoners reside just outside their target in fifth place in the Premier League on level points with Liverpool in fourth – Berbatov is no spring chicken but has never relied on pace as part of his game and still possesses undoubted quality to score goals and create chances.

He has only scored five goals in all competitions for Fulham this term so far and has over the years been criticised for being ‘lazy’ but he has shown last season with his 15 goals in all competitions that he still has the ability to score goals and let’s not forget he won the Premier League Golden Boot just three years ago in 2011 for his 20 goals in 32 appearances for Manchester United.

Berbatov’s tally so far this term matches that of both Soldado and Adebayor’s at Spurs in domestic competitions and whilst he would not be signing for the long-term, his experience in both the Premier League and Champions League could be invaluable both on the pitch and in the dressing room for Tim Sherwood.

The average age of the last team Sherwood put out was 26 years with 11 out of 25 players in the squad under the age of 25 and not a single outfield player over the age of 30. The naivety shown, especially in big games, by Tottenham this season in their FA Cup defeat to archrivals Arsenal as well as, prior to Villas-Boas’ sacking, in their 6-0 defeat at Manchester City and 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool, must be a concern for the coach and the fans.

The arrival of seven new players this summer, all but one of them youngsters also makes Sherwood’s task of mounting a challenge for the top four daunting. Could 32-year-old Dimitar Berbatov be the man to replace Defoe and bring experience, quality, goals and creativity with him at White Hart Lane?

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