The stats show that Southampton's Jay Rodriguez is a serious upgrade on Tottenham Hotspurs' current strike-force
Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer window had been very quiet up until yesterday evening when it burst into life.
Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, both from Swansea, had been the only signings that the club had brought in, but then the news came that they could be set to land Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez for £50 million.
The Southampton duo are both reportedly on the verge of leaving St. Mary’s, with Spurs close to sealing a deal, and it looks as if they may be announced as the major arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer.
Maurico Pochettino knows all about the pair having worked with them on the south-coast, and he is clearly a big fan of their talents given he is prepared to part with so much cash to secure their services.
Of the two signings, it may be more imperative that Rodriguez hits form earliest, though.
Spurs are already heavy-laden with central midfielders, but it was their lack of a potent striker that was their biggest hindrance last season.
The faltering Roberto Soldado has shown nothing to suggest that he is capable of performing in the Premier League as yet, whilst Emmanuel Adebayor is unreliable and Harry Kane is still developing.
It is because of this that Spurs were widely expected to land a number nine this summer – and it appears that Pochettino has identified Rodriguez as the man to lead his Tottenham attack next season.
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From the stats shown above it is easy to see why, too. The England international managed, who would surely have been part of their World Cup campaign if it wasn’t for injury, noticeably managed to score more than any of Spurs’s current attackers last season, but beyond that his performances were also more impressive.
He was far more ruthless than any of the trio of front-men currently available for selection for Pochettino and this was a major problem for Spurs last year – as they created a host of chances, but spurned them on far too regular occasions.
But it is not just his potency in-front of goal that makes him an attractive acquisition. Rodriguez is a well-rounded striker and this is shown by the fact he was the most comfortable dribbling with the ball and only Adebayor showed greater link-up than him.
Of course, what is not shown is Rodriguez’s adeptness at coming deep to collect the ball or playing on the shoulder, as he possesses an abundances of pace, and he has all the requirements to be a complete forward.
It shows that, although the initial fee may appear inflated, he could be a crucial signing at White Hart Lane and if he can be the man to fire them into the top four he will certainly represent value for money come the end of the season.