Tottenham's suggested striker target is uninspiring choice

Tottenham are reportedly interested in Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, but is the Black Cats man really the answer to the London club's goal scoring problems ?

The Daily Mail has reported that Tottenham are monitoring developments in connection with Fletcher (who is believed to be a target for Celtic among other clubs), and may have to cough up £10m to land the Scotland international. A relatively decent Premier League striker, however, Fletcher is undoubtedly an uninspiring choice and the prospect of a deal is unlikely to enthuse many Tottenham fans.

Fletcher first experienced life in the Premier League under Owen Coyle at Burnley, becoming that club's record signing after promotion from the Championship in 2009. He quickly made a name for himself as a big fish in a small pond, contributing 31% of Burnley's goals that season. Despite his best efforts, however, Fletcher couldn't stop the club being relegated. He subsequently signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers for a club record £6.5m, and enjoyed two successful seasons at Molineux, before moving to Sunderland in a £12m deal as Wolves were relegated to the Championship too.

Sunderland remain bottom of the Premier League, and look odds-on for relegation, so Fletcher doesn't appear to be much of a talisman, does he ?

Fletcher has scored 44 goals, with 10 assists, in 144 Premier League appearances, but only three of his goals having come this season.

Tottenham may have spent the majority of this season frustrated in front of goal, but the club's current front two still have a better conversion rate than Fletcher. So it's difficult to see how the Scottish striker would enhance Tottenham's prospects in front of goal - or even get into the team in the first place!

Some sections of Tottenham fans feel strongly that the return of Berbatov from current club Fulham is a more enticing, and likely, prospect.

image: © hollidaypics

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch