Search

Inside Lane: Why Spurs should move for Juventus striker Vucinic

12:08 15 January 2014

Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic

Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic

EMPICS Sport

Tottenham blogger Declan Olley believes it is essential that Spurs replace Jermain Defoe, and he feels a loan move for Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic would suit all parties.

After the summer’s £100million shopping spree, many Spurs fans accepted that this January would be a quiet transfer window – but the sale of Jermain Defoe to MLS side Toronto has changed those expectations.

When the Englishman leaves for Canada for around £8million – which I think is good business from Spurs for a 31-year-old – we must have a striker replacement for the remainder of the season, be it temporary or permanent.

If the club does not act then we will be left with just two senior forwards in Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado for what could amount to 18 games, if Spurs can reach the Europa League final. That is simply unacceptable.

The striker crisis deepens further when you consider Soldado’s performance against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The forward’s lack of movement – indeed, his lack of interest – was not befitting of a £26m signing.

The Spaniard hasn’t scored a league goal in open play since his strike at Aston Villa in October, and his form is a major concern.

The Adebayor resurrection continued against Palace as he set up Christian Eriksen’s opener, but Spurs supporters know how quickly the Togolese forward can go off the boil. And, with head coach Tim Sherwood preferring to go with two strikers in a 4-4-2 system, there is a case for another option anyway.

Sherwood knows all about Harry Kane, who has impressed in his brief appearances this season with his tireless work ethic and physical presence – but the 20-year-old has never scored a Premier League goal and can’t be the replacement for a striker of Defoe’s experience and quality.

With Daniel Levy unlikely to splash serious cash in January – proven in the last two winter windows – a loan signing would suit best, and Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic fits the bill.

A deal for the Montenegrin has been mooted, and he seems to tick most of the boxes. At 30 years old, he is an experienced striker who has reached double figures in all but one of his last five seasons and, having played just eight games in Serie A this season, he has been a peripheral figure under Juve boss Antonio Conte. A loan would suit all parties.

Spurs should learn from the lessons of the last three January windows – where they lost out on a top-four spot because they failed to sign a striker – by bringing in Vucinic, who can add the firepower needed to secure Champions League football.

Follow me on Twitter @declanolley

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

A visibly delighted Arsene Wenger praised hattrick hero Alexis Sanchez or his ‘killer instinct’ after his treble routed West Ham United 5-1 at their new home the London Stadium.

Arsenal sent a message to the rest of the Premier League after an impressive display of power and glory at the West Ham United’s London Stadium this evening by winning 5-1.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both scored twice while Heung-Min Son was also on target as Tottenham strolled to a 5-0 home win against Swansea at White Hart Lane. Here are five talking points.

Fri, 22:30

Mauricio Pochettino says he has used a much-needed week off to focus on “the bigger picture” with his players and to stress the importance of being mentally ready to play at full intensity every three days.

Fri, 12:00

Mauricio Pochettino says it has been difficult for Moussa Sissoko to get into a rhythm at Tottenham and show his best form after three months of interruptions.

Fri, 09:15

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham were a little hasty in selling Gylfi Sigurdsson to Swansea, conceding that the Iceland international would have been a “perfect player” for his squad.

Thu, 22:30

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane’s latest contract extension shows the striker is motivated by a love of Tottenham rather than money.

Thu, 14:15

Mauricio Pochettino admits he is concerned about Erik Lamela’s hip injury, which is not improving as quickly as expected, while centre-back Toby Alderweireld is still not certain to return against Swansea on Saturday.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now