HEAD-TO-HEAD: Adebayor vs Assombalonga - Should Spurs have signed the Forest front-man?

We compare the form of Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor and Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga ahead of the League Cup clash tomorrow night.

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Tottenham Hotspur will go into tomorrow's nights game with Nottingham Forest as the heavy favourites to win the tie, but the best striker on the pitch may belong to the Championship club.

Britt Assombalonga has been a revelation at the City Ground since arriving in a £5.5 million transfer from Peterborough United and he is showing all the characteristics that Spurs are lacking.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have struggled on without a natural goalscorer for a number of seasons now, but Forest are seeing the benefits of having one at their disposal.

Assombalonga's goals have fired the club up to the top of the Championship and if he keep this form up then he is going to prove a bargain.

Indeed, given his age and fee, it could be argued that the Congolese striker would have solved a lot of Spurs' current problems.

His pace, power and dead-eye finishing ability has already drawn comparisons with Jermain Defoe's style of play during his burgeoning career so far and his arrival would have offered Spurs a new outlet.

Although he is untested at the top level, his stats show the differences between his and their current first choice striker Emmanuel Adebayor's style. 


  PositionGoalsAssistsChances createdShots per gameShots on targetSuccessful dribbles GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Britt Assombalonga FW 8 0 5 3.375 44.444444444444% 0.75 8 720
Emmanuel Adebayor FW 1 1 7 2.4 33.333333333333% 1.2 5 422

Adebayor may have represented the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid during his career, but he is ageing now and he doesn't show the ruthless streak that Assombalonga unquestionably has. 

Spurs have creativity in abundance, but there is nobody there to finish of the chances being put on a plate for them and Assombalonga is doing a stellar job at that in the second division. 

He will be looking to translate his eye-catching league form into the cup and show exactly what Premier League sides were missing when they didn't take the gamble that Stuart Pearce did on him over the summer.

Forest have started this season superbly and Tottenham will certainly not relish the prospect of a game which looks a potential banana skin, given their recent form, and the pressure building on them. 

If they are to avoid an upset, their defence will have to be on the top of their game in marshalling Assombalonga but, as the stats show, if given a sniff of a chance, he is likely to take it. 

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