As Tottenham manager, now is the time to decide on the composition of the squad for the 2014-15 season. You have the opportunity to determine which strikers stay and who leaves.
We have now reached the final stage of our selection process having previously decided on the goalkeepers, full-backs, central defenders and midfield players. After yesterday’s over abundance of midfield players our options in the striker department are limited with only three strikers in the squad currently with Premier League experience.
Tottenham have had a shortage of options on strikers for some time. We can think back to when Martin Jol could rotate Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Mido but over the past couple of seasons, Spurs have walked a very fine line where an injury or two would have left them without any recognised strikers. While it was a close call at times, they managed to avoid any serious problems although lack of competition meant there were no options when players lost form.
With the departure of Defoe to Canada at the end of February, Spurs were left with Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane who made his first Premier League start at the end of the season. Shaq Coulthirst who made a brief debut appearance in the Europa League early last season and Ryan Mason will return from loan periods with Torquay United and Swindon Town respectively.
What does the future hold for the strikers at White Hart Lane?
Harry Kane: with the departure of Jermain Defoe to Toronto, there was an opportunity for Harry Kane to become more involved. Although a prolific goalscorer though the Academy teams, he isn’t really an out and out striker, preferring to play from a deeper position and linking with the strikers. His three goals in the final games were a reward for his persistence and willingness to work hard in whatever position he was asked to play. A promising young player, still only 20 years of age, who has always been able to meet the challenge of playing at a higher level and he’s done it again this season when presented with the opportunity in the Premier League.
Shaq Coulthirst: the 20-year-old made his debut as a substitute against Anzhi Makhachkala in the final group game at White Hart Lane. He played for the final 12 minutes and in the second half of the season went out on loan with Leyton Orient and then Torquay United. An injury sustained n the final game for Torquay required surgery.
Ryan Mason: a player who has been badly hindered by injuries – he was outstanding through the Academy and Under-21 team but when given the opportunity on loan in recent seasons, has spent long periods on the sidelines. Has made brief appearance for the senior team in the Europa League and started a Cup game at Carlisle in 2012. Now 22 years of age, he spent last season on loan at Swindon Town.
Whatever decisions are made on the future of Adebayor, Soldado and Kane this summer, there will still need to be moves to sign an additional striker or two before the start of next season.
Decision Time: Who Stays, Who Goes?
You can decide which strikers stay and who goes. You can vote to keep as many of the strikers as you like – in fact you can keep them all if you wish.