Tottenham Targets Leandro Damiao and David Villa To Bolster Attack

Tottenham Hotspur fans will be disappointed to not see their team in the UEFA Champions League next season. Tottenham finished just one point behind Arsenal, who claimed fourth in the league on a nervy final matchday in the Premier League. Considering that Tottenham had a new manager and deployed a new set of tactics coming into the season, they actually performed quite well. Now is the time to improve the team so they can once again challenge for Champions League football.

An area that needs addressing is the striker position. Emmanuel Adebayor had a horrendous season, netting just eight times in 27 appearances for Spurs this campaign. Though he did score some important goals for the club, he was much too inconsistent and was a non-factor in way too many matches. Jermaine Defoe is a useful striker, scoring 18 times in 37 appearances this season, but is an injury risk. Gareth Bale took on much of the goal-scoring load this season, and Tottenham will be looking to alleviate this pressure (if he is still at Tottenham). Tottenham players, fans, and management know the strike force needs improvement. David Villa and Leandro Damiao are two of the names being linked to Tottenham this summer.

According to the Sun, Villa is close to a deal and Tottenham will follow this purchase with a pursuit of Damiao. Villa is a proven striker at the top level, and once was an automatic first team choice at Barcelona. After breaking his leg in the FIFA Club World Cup, Villa has struggled to regain his first team spot. Villa is 31, so he merely a stopgap until Tottenham finds their striker of the future. He has also been a injury risk in recent years. That being said, he possesses deadly touch around the box and is known for his quality finishing. He is a fluid passer and never looked out of place playing the tika-taka at Barcelona. Villa could fit well in Tottenham’s 4-2-3-1 as a winger or the striker.

Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao is another attractive option Tottenham are considering. They attempted to sign the Internacional man in January, but had their bid rejected. The Brazilian is a big athletic centre-forward who can finish both in the air and on the ground. He also has a bit of creativity too (see here). He scored 18 goals in 37 matches this past season in the Brazilian league, and has featured for Brazil as well. The young striker has shown he has talent and has a lot of potential. If he can adapt well to the English game, he could be Tottenham’s star striker for the foreseeable future.

If Tottenham want to make the Champions League next year adding a quality striker is necessary. Both David Villa and Leandro Damiao represent quality strikers. Adding either Villa and/or Damiao could help push Tottenham towards Champions League qualification next season.

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