Date: 5th March 2013 at 3:00pm
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Eliaquim MangalaIf Tottenham are to be a one-man team, at least that man is Gareth Bale. The athletic Welshman is a constant threat for Spurs, with his seemingly unstoppable runs and precise finishing.

And whilst it’s not entirely fair to label Tottenham a one man team (there have been a few good performers this season and that’s the reason why Andre Villas Boas’ side are currently in third place), you can see why opponent fans have being willing to tarnish them with this brush.

Gareth Bale has saved Tottenham’s bacon on numerous occasions already this season. Whenever Spurs need a result, he seems to pop up with a little moment of magic.

But Spurs wouldn’t be so reliant on him if they had a proper attacking line-up. Jermaine Defoe started the season well, but now seems to have converted back to his largely unreliable self. Injuries and imprecise finishing have seen his form dwindle down into nothing.

Then there’s Emmanuel Adebayor, the talented Toto striker, who can’t seem to put a toe right this season. We used to talk about Adebayor’s mercenary attitudes, now we don’t seem to talk about Ade at all. One of the game’s most divisive characters seems to have lost his flare.

For now, Gareth Bale seems capable of filling the void upfront, but it’s clear that this is an area that needs assessing by Villas-Boas.

So why is it then, that Tottenham are getting linked to an expensive defender, when they already have strength in depth in his area?

According to the International Business Times, Spurs are looking to secure a deal for FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala this summer.

It’s also claimed that Tottenham have sent scouts to monitor the centre-back to see if he’s worth his hefty price-tag. It seems they’ve been impressed with Mangala, who has been a fixture in Porto’s side all season.

Which is all well and good. You can’t blame AVB for looking ahead and strengthening the squad. But you would have to assume that spending big on a defender would curtail Spurs’ ability to sign a new striker. Isn’t that where big money should be spent this summer?

After all, you get the feeling that it’s going to take a genuine talent to shake up the Spurs’ frontline – and that wont come cheap.

So maybe it’s right for Villas-Boas to give this one a miss?

What’s your take? Should Tottenham snap up this £17m talent?

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