Is Seydou Doumbia an answer for Spurs?

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Tottenham Hotspur should contemplate the possibility of making a move for Seydou Doumbia.

Rumours that Tottenham Hotspur could be lining up a move for CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia have quietened down since the summer, but he is the exact sort of player they should be looking at.

Spurs have struggled for goals all season and Doumbia has more goals against English opposition than any of their current strike-force have managed in the league, despite only playing two matches against a side from the country. 

Doumbia has scored three times in two games against Manchester City for CSKA in this year's Champions League, surpassing Emmanuel Adebayor's, Harry Kane's and Roberto Soldado's tallies in the Premier League to date. 

Adebayor has been the club's first choice pick to lead the line, but has returned just two goals so far, while Soldado continues to struggle to find any sort of form in England.

Kane has shown that he can perform a function for the side, and leads the scoring charts, but Mauricio Pochettino has been reluctant to utilise him regularly in the league and he has scored just once in Premier League action.

Tottenham's struggles for a striker have been known for a long-time and it is beyond time that they begun to find an adequate goalscorer for their aims.

The likes of Teo Gutierrez and Andre Pierre Gignac have both been linked in recent times, but Doumbia is the calibre of star they should be looking at if they want to break into the top-four.

Blessed with great pace and power, he is unlikely to struggle with the physicality of the league and his goalscoring record speaks for itself.

Doumbia has notched 60 times in 92 appearances in Russia to date, but it is the regularity he hits the back of the net in Europe which is particularly eye-catching. 

The Russian league is an underrated one and the quality remains high, but he would be making a step-up if he was to join the Premier League.

However, Doumbia seems to be perfectly adept at doing just that as he has netted 17 times in his last 20 games in European action.

It is a startling run of form, sustained over five years, and if he was able to replicate it in England then Spurs would be in a much better position than they are now.

The lack of a potent centre-forward is by no means the only problem Spurs face, but it is arguably the most pressing concern and until it is addressed it is hard to see them improving. 

Pochettino has not brought in a marquee signing to date at White Hart Lane, but if he is serious about improving the Lilywhites then bringing in Doumbia would be a good start. 

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