Striker focus: Which World Cup frontmen should Spurs be lining up?

Wilfried Bony and Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

We take a look at who may have caught Mauricio Pochettino's eye in Brazil, and plump for one striker the Argentine should seek to recruit.

For much of the 2013-14 season (and the year before to be brutally honest) Tottenham were crying out for a top class striker to lead the line.

While Gareth Bale was still at the club, he managed to carry both the creative and goalscoring threat for the White Hart Lane side, while since the New Year, Emmanuel Adebayor really impressed after returning to the team. The problem for Spurs has been, when they needed an alternative to these players for any reason, they didn't have it.

Of course, this issue was addressed last summer, or so it was hoped, when Daniel Levy signed La Liga goal machine Roberto Soldado. The problem was, given the way Tottenham, and their opposition set up, the Spaniard was unable to influence the game in the area he excelled in, the penalty box. This in turn knocked his confidence, and it leaves the club once again looking for striker addition.

In all honesty, what the club has been crying out for for years, is a young, quick, powerful forward than can hold the ball up AND be a threat from a variety of positions.

Sound like a big ask? Well, it may be, but if they're prepared to spend up to £30 million on someone like the press say they are then there are plenty of options available, as the World Cup has proven.

A move for Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku remains a highly attractive option for the North Londoners, even if he is one player that has really struggled to do himself justice in Brazil. In fact, his less experienced teammate Divock Origi has looked a much stronger player throughout the group games, and is someone that could have been a good option for Spurs, despite the 19-year-old looking like he'll wind up at Anfield.

Two other players have been linked to Tottenham, with both looking like being solid signings.

First off is Ecuadorian sensation Enner Valencia - the biggest surprise this World Cup in terms of goalscoring. Barely anyone had heard of the Pachuca forward coming into the tournament, but he carried over a spell of rich league form into Brazil to join a whole host of established multi million pound European based stars on 3 goals scored. Though good in the air for his height, and a skilful, tenacious forward, he is unproven in a top league, and it would be a risk signing him.

Which leaves Swansea's Ivorian attacker Wilfried Bony

  TeamPosGoalsTotal Att Assist((Accurate Pass+Accurate Cross) / (Total Pass+Total Cross)) * 100(Ontarget Scoring Att / Total Scoring Att) * 100AppsMins
Enner Valencia Ecuador FW 3 1 67.35 62.50 3 270
Wilfried Bony Côte d'Ivoire FW 2 2 84.38 33.33 3 167
Divock Origi Belgium FW 1 0 68.00 66.67 3 95

Bony didn't have the best of tournaments either, only hitting the target with a third of his attempts and failing to complete 90 minutes in any of his matches. However, he still managed to score two goals from his 3 appearances - decant stats for most strikers, and was a much stronger target man than either Valencia and Origi. The former Vitesse man set up two attempts for his teammates, and has a vastly superior accurate passing percentage than his fellow forwards.

Though the Ivory Coast were marginally knocked out at the tournament, Bony is now likely to permanently take over from the ageing Didier Drogba, something that could fill the player with plenty of courage and drive.

The Swansea star would undoubtedly cost more than either Valencia or Origi, especially after his recent outstanding debut season in the Premier League, but at 25-years-old, and as a proven centre forward, it would be hard for Spurs to find many better for less than £30 million.

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