Tottenham are reportedly willing to spend up to £14 million on Jay Rodriguez with Andros Townsend going the other way as part of the deal, according to The Independent.
The North London club look to be bolstering their attacking options for the rest of 2014/15 with Jay Rodriquez looking set to swap the south coast for the North of London. Although Rodriguez is currently out injured, he is set to make a return in the next couple of months and if his form last season is anything to go by then the England international will certainly add creativeness and goalscoring ability to this Tottenham side.
He scored 15 goals in 30 Premier League games last term before his injury ruled him out of contention and it is this talent that is something Tottenham will need going into the winter, proven in this weekend’s result against Liverpool where they were unable to penetrate the Reds’ defence.
Looking to the part of the deal concerning Andros Townsend and you have a player that looks as though he may not be crucial to Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for the upcoming season. He started from the bench at the weekend but did make an appearance around the hour mark. However, with the midfield competition he has at the moment it is hard to argue against sacrificing Townsend’s talents to bring in a much needed attacking option.
Emmanuel Adebayor is the only striker to score for Tottenham so far this season after three games and he had a good goals to game ratio of 11 in 21 games last term but it appears Pochettino is looking for a different kind of striker to compliment Adebayor. They also have Roberto Soldado but he has yet to live up to what was expected of him when he signed.
A striker with a little more finishing capability as well as Rodriguez’s passing ability would be more suited to the style of play which the White Hart Lane outfit are known for.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.