Tottenham’s latest transfer targets – good or bad buys?
Adebayor scoring one of his many career goals against Spurs…
Brad Friedel arrived early on but the Luka Modric hoo-ha has caused Tottenham to be as inactive as The Spoiler of late. Fear not though because the tabloids expect Spurs to be back with a bang very shortly, so we’ve fired up the infamous Spoiler Truth-o-meter on Don’t-Do-It-o-meter settings to see who they should swoop for and who they should run a mile from…
What’s the best way of removing a constant thorn in your side? Hope that he moves to Spain? That’s what we thought but Harry Redknapp has instead decided to employ the “if you can’t beat them, join them” school of thought. Adebayor’s Premier League strike rate stands up to scrutiny (61 goals in 113 starts), yet his hefty wages and unfortunate tendency to burn metaphorical bridges almost everywhere he goes counts against him.
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After five years in the Eternal City, the Montenegrin forward appears to have tired of Roma’s hard-to-please fans and performing in a pantomime alongside his sulking striker sidekicks throwing strops when subbed, despite the arrival of perceived Pep Guardiola-lite Luis Enrique. Tottenham’s alleged interest is justifiable given his record of 46 Serie A goals in 108 starts for the Giallorossi.
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Team-mates Michel Salgado, Phil Jones and Ryan Nelsen all beat Samba into the Premier League’s top 50 list for tackles won by defenders last season, as did Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Michael Dawson. Spurs may also find the thought of a centre back that has been fit to start over 30 games every campaign a bit scary given the frequency with which they sign sicknotes in that position.
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Over 100 Ligue 1 outings at the age of 21 is a fine feat and an unemphatic assist and goal ratio is no deal-breaker either given that Modric, who he is championed as a successor to, has averaged only three per category over the last two seasons. The playmaker also achieved something that Spurs failed to do when still just 19 by knocking Real Madrid out of the Champions League.
Don’t-Do-It-o-meter: A fairly attractive proposition at £10.5 million