Tottenham Transfer Analysis: Would Mario Gomez solve Spurs attacking issues?
By Thomas Atzenhoffer
Tottenham have been on a high note since Andre Villas-Boas took the reins last season. The Portuguese manager led the team to an inspired fifth place finish in the English Premier League and enjoyed the emergence and rise of one of the league’s top young talents in Gareth Bale.
Bale rose to prominence last season, but his performances for Spurs under AVB saw him crowned the EPL Player of the Year. However, aside from the massive efforts of Bale who scored 21 goals in the league, AVB’s striking pair of Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor only managed 11 and five for a combined total of 16.
If Spurs are going to reach the next level in English football and push into the top four, the club has to have a striker that is just as deadly as their left winger. Defoe is ageing and despite showing signs of life at times if not as world class as the club is now calling to have in the first team week after week. Adebayor looks as though he will unfortunately never be the player he was on-loan to the club in 2011-12 when he scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists.
The North Londoners have to look elsewhere. Most recently the club has been linked with a move for 27-year-old German striker, Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich. With the impending Pep Guardiola takeover of the 2012-13 treble winners, and the anticipated arrival of Borussia Dortmand star Robert Lewandowski, Gomez looks to be a forgotten man in Munich despite his efforts of the last four seasons.
In 174 total appearances for Bayern, Gomez has a goal tally of 113. In 10 years of professional football Adebayor has only scored a combined 136 goals between time with AS Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham.
According to comments from Gomez’s agent, Uli Ferber to Metro, it appears that despite being part of the Bavarians historic success this past season he will be moving on:
“As far as I’m concerned, Mario will definitely get a transfer this summer.
He will be leaving Bayern Munich.”
Reports claim that he may go for less than £10 million, which could see him be one of the most price conscious players on the market and at the age of 27, he looks to be set to enter his prime on a massive high.
A move to White Hart Lane would see Gomez reap the benefits of massive support around him. After spending his last few seasons with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery as his primary support, Gomez would enjoy the all-around class and playmaking flair of Gareth Bale to his left and the blistering pace of an inspired Aaron Lennon on the right.
Additionally the support of American forward Clint Dempsey in the number ten position in behind would add one of the hardest working players on Spurs’ team sheet to the mix as well.
If Tottenham can pull off a swoop for Gomez and beet teams in need of that kind of attacking firepower to the punch then a strong performance from him in the 2013-14 season could be the difference between the Europa League and the Champions League.