Spurs looking for midfield goals

Tuesday 3rd December 2013 8:40

Paulinho (l) and Roberto Soldado (r): Celebrate goal against Aston Villa

Paulinho (l) and Roberto Soldado (r): Celebrate goal against Aston Villa

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Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle thinks his side need more creation and goals from midfield if they are to have a successful season.

With Gus Poyet back in Premier League, managing Sunderland, it makes me think Spurs could do with someone like him in his playing days in our team - a goalscoring midfielder.

Spurs has an expensive array of attacking midfielders but none appear especially skilled at arriving in the box at the right moment to get on the end of things. Poyet made a career out of this at Chelsea and made a decent fist of it in his twilight years at Spurs.

With the way we currently play, we need goals from midfield with our centre forward (currently Roberto Soldado) seemingly used as a link man and often a tactical decoy to draw defenders towards him in the hope it creates space for oncoming players. (Which makes me question why we signed a 'fox in the box' to play in a role he's not suited for.)

Although there's no doubt that the likes of Erik Lamela and Gylfi Sigurdsson are technically better, we did have a player last season in Clint Dempsey who could get a few goals from midfield. I know some Spurs fans disapproved of his lack of technique, but Dempsey did chip in with a dozen goals in all competitions last season.

There is the January transfer window, but with the amount of attacking players we already have, I'm not sure there's scope to add another to the number - unless we were to sell Sigurdsson.

There is also the hope that Paulinho will turn into a midfield goal machine. He played further forward against Man United and has already showed some nice finishing ability - not for a while, though. AVB seems stubborn in his desire to play with only one striker, so Spurs fans had better pray for Paulinho to bring his shooting boots to every game and, perhaps, for his Brazilian pal Sandro to do as he did on Sunday more often.

By Nik Wardle, FanZone's Tottenham blogger. Don't forget to follow @FanZone!

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