Spurs to take a huge risk on temperamental striker

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  1. Josh Bolton

    Josh Bolton Active Member

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    When it comes to temperamental strikers, there are not many who could outdo the one in our ranks at present. Emmanuel Adebayor’s career has been riddled with stories that conjure up the image of a spoilt, money-driven, unappreciative footballer.

    The risk with taking on a player such as Adebayor, is whether or not the talent outweighs the trouble – as both come together, hand-in-hand.

    In Adebayor-fashion, West Brom’s Saido Berahino combines class with off-field calamity, albeit at the ripe young age of 21. After Spurs took a gamble on Adebayor, maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are willing to do the same for Berahino, but if we were to complete this transfer – would we be made to play the fool again?

    From Jay to Be

    Jay Rodriguez has been linked with a move to Tottenham ever since Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment in May, with rumours even suggesting Poch had told the player’s parents he wanted the Saints striker to join him in North London. Rodriguez ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in April this year and is not expected to be fit until after January.

    Because of Rodriguez’s injury, The Daily Mail conclude that Pochettino has had to alter his transfer plans for a new striker and that the Argentine believes Berahino will be the striker to fit the bill.

    The Daily Mirror are also reporting this story, adding that Spurs have set their sights on the England U21s striker because of Rodriguez’s tricky road to recovery. The Mirror also add that the breakdown in contract talks between West Bromwich Albion and the player, means the Midlands club are willing to cash in on him come January.

    Saido the skilful

    The Burundi-born player possess a fair amount of talent and has been the standout star in West Brom’s season, as Alan Irvine’s men languish in 15th position in the league.

    The player has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for the England U21s and has risen to prominence this season scoring eight goals in all competitions, including strikes against Manchester United and Liverpool.

    There is no denying that the player would be suited to Spurs, as he would offer a different style of attacking threat. Not only is he full of pace and has a directness in his play, but he is also very versatile and could occupy any of the four attacking roles in Pochettino’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

    Berahino the bad

    With Berahino’s pros there also comes cons, and there is a reason as to why I have compared him to Adebayor. It is widely accepted that West Brom themselves pulled out of contract talks with the youngster, after he was arrested for drunk driving, travelling at a speed of 110mph.

    The season prior, Berahino was criticised by the press and footballing community for inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas) on a night out. This behaviour has not only got Spurs fans worried, but Albion ones as well! With many hoping that their club do in fact cash in on the player if a hefty bid were to come in.

    One West Brom fan even went as far as saying: “Berahino is a spoilt brat - his bit of success has gone to his head and he is fast becoming a Billy Big Time. He's currently talking the talk without walking the walk.”

    Worth the risk?

    The general consensus is that Pochettino will have to sell before he can spend and with this, the club are ready to offload Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend, while the futures of Emmanuel Adebayor, Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen are also unclear.

    Both the Mirror and Mail state that Albion have placed a £25m price-tag on their star strikers head, and this would represent a large financial commitment from Spurs if they were to seal the deal.

    With Harry Kane in the form of his life at present, whilst showing superb levels of commitment and fight for our cause – do we really need to sign a temperamental player who has only shown six months of solid form?

    Whatever your answer may be, a poll on the Daily Mirror website concluded that 73% of Spurs fans would rather sign Berahino than Jay Rodriguez. He may not be the striker we want, but maybe, the striker we truly need.
  2. Mattj78

    Mattj78 Well-Known Member

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    I really cannot see why there is so much clamour for Berahinho. He is an accident waiting to happen and not someone we need. We need a proven striker. He has showed glimpses but Kane is more consistent and no trouble off the pitch either.
    Signing Berahinho would be a calamity.
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  3. Deggsy56

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    If Berahino is that good, why are WBA only in 15th place???

    Whoever we target, you can bet your bottom dollar, Liverpool will show interest. They need a striker more than us now!!
  4. Mattj78

    Mattj78 Well-Known Member

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    He is far from being a player we should be signing. He is okay but with Jane playing so well, we must go for someone who can complement him, not replace him.

    If Spurs want to bring in a new striker, get Austin in. Him and kane could cause havoc for defences in the premier league.

    As for Rodriguez, I am not quite sure why we would want to contemplate signing an injured striker. I have mentioned Austin but the other player we should go for would he Benteke. Strong, direct and still learning his trade.
    Poch was brought in to develop and build a team worthy of bringing the glory days back to the lane, not sign injured and off the field casualties.
    Young, raw talent will bring it back to Spurs and we need people with no off the field issues.
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  5. Felon82 Well-Known Member

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    Please no we don't need a flavour of the month signing especially for 20 odd million, if we are going to buy big it has to be Bony or Benteke.
    We will not sign big though that's for sure because that would mean a show of ambition from the board. We need to be looking at getting as many duds off the wage bill as possible if we are ever to move forward. Poch needs to use these next 2 windows to get in the players he needs, there is no excuse for us to be starting next season with half a squad of not wanted players else as I have said before this is not a transitional it's just a waste of time.
    Every window the majority say the same thing need a top quality CB, Winger and a Striker- were still waiting, do not be surprised when this doesn't happen we've got a mythical stadium with no confirmed opening date to pay for.
  6. Danny Guest

    I have a lot of WBA fans and they would love to get rid of him. Id buy someone like benteke, he always looks good for villa and maybe the player we need.
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  7. Woody Guest

    In all honesty I am not hoping for any signatures this window. The first team is young and hungry buying now is just panic buying, just leave well alone and expect big things as this lot gel and mature over the next couple of years. Look how well mason, Kane, bentaleb are doing, even lamela stepped up last night. Do we want players like that to grow or do we want them blocked out of the first team by the new Paulinho and Adenayor "superstars"
  8. Grazinho Guest

    It's not a case of putting our young players on the bench and blocking their improvement possibilities . Sooner or later the likes of Kane , Mason , Bentaleb and Lamela will get injured or burnt out . Then what ? Look what has been happening at right back while Walker has been away ......... If we don't sign another striker in January we'll finish mid table this season .
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  9. Artistrunner New Member

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    Berhahino Is not one who impresses me. Will he work hard in training? Will he drive slower? Will he seek self improvement like Harry Kane,Erik Lamela ,Christian Eriksen? Will he be outstanding team Player like Roberto Soldado? Hmmmm.
  10. Artistrunner New Member

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    DeAndre Yedlin is exciting, fantastic pace no off field antics, could be huge asset as a defender who can attack, something Aaaron Lennon needed to do more often.
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  11. Matthew77 New Member

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    It will be awesome for spurs to have patience with Soldado and then buy another striker young as Kane. Kane has proved to be a scoring no9 with Eriksen behind him as no10. With time this team will come good. No much players are needed now.
  12. Spurporter Well-Known Member

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    What risk? He is 21 . He IS as young as Kane. If Spurs would not gamble on 21 year old, then who else? Well established striker will never come to WHL and if so happens Spurs will not be able to afford him. We have no depth at all at forward positions. Sure, 25 million is a lot of money, but Adebayor, Kane and Soldado are not enough fire power to compete.
    Speeding is not an offence in my book, everyone does that. What not everyone can do is to put ball on the back of the goal.
  13. notnats

    notnats Well-Known Member

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    Stop ****ing around Levy and get in Benteke, this is a very good striker that wanted to play for us with EPL experience and age on his side. Get him in.
  14. Deggsy56

    Deggsy56 Active Member

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    Daily Mirror rumour is Paulinho out maybe Kabul too. Berhino IN ! With his baggage I hope not !
  15. David Guest

    It wasn't speeding, it was DRINK DRIVING AT 110MPH.

    Presumably by your logic if your car breaks down you get out, leave it on the roadside and go and buy another one???

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