The only Tottenham strikers with Premier League experience in their squad for the 2014-15 season are Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane. Again Spurs enter a new season with questions over their strike force.
This the briefest of the previews of the Tottenham squad for the coming season. Spurs go into the season with only two recognised strikers, Adebayor and Soldado, while Kane is more effective playing behind a main striker.
With only three strikers in a squad of over 30 players, this is one area where team selection is restricted and lacking in options. Spurs are again relying on good fortune where injuries are concerned.
Emmanuel Adebayor: a striker who was frozen out by Andre Villas-Boas for the first five months of last season. Reinstated by Tim Sherwood, he responded and finished the season as leading goalscorer. At his best, Adebayor is a formidable player but there is always a difficulty of keeping him interested and in the groove.
Roberto Soldado: his first season was a huge disappointment. For a player who regularly, season after season, scored 20 plus goals in Spain, he lost his goalscoring touch completely in England. Penalties and Europa League goals gave him 11 goals last season but he managed only 2 for open play in the Premier League. He lost confidence and with a lack of service he struggled throughout the season.
Soldado displayed a good vision and ability to involve others in play with a number of assists but when bought as a goalscoring striker, he failed to deliver. He lacks pace which doesn’t help him when trying to get away from defenders but hopefully with a season behind him and proper service, we will see his true ability this season.
Harry Kane: given the chance in the Premier League by Sherwood at the end of last season, he showed he was deserving of the opportunity. He scored 3 goals in the league and proved a handful for defenders with his powerful running and eye for a pass. He will be hoping for more opportunities to build on what he has achieved having progressed through the Tottenham Academy. At the age of 21, there is time for further development by Harry Kane.
Tottenham have been linked with strikers during the summer, including Loic Remy, but the main focus of Mauricio Pochettino has appeared to be other areas of the team.
With limited resources in attack, the manager will be hoping that the midfield can provide a regular supply of goals to augment those scored by the Tottenham strikers.
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