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 Sport Stories

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mauricio Pochettino admits his Tottenham tenure has not started as smoothly as he imagined in the summer, but he insists he has the support of chairman Daniel Levy.

Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker has returned to training and could return in December – but the Spurs boss has injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s trip to Hull.

Thu, 09:00
Highgate Harriers' Ryan McKinlay (right) finishes in a dead heat with his good friend Tom Beedell. Pic: Martyn Loach

Highgate Harriers’ Ryan McKinlay made a passionate plea to be allowed to enter a “historically significant race” on Sunday – and he ended up coming joint first after a dead heat with his good friend Tom Beedell.

Most read sport

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition