Tottenham fans have heard the name of ‘Leandro Damiao’ on numerous occasions. He’s a player that seems to get linked to the North London side during just about every transfer window.
Doesn’t that say something revealing about this Spurs side? Despite the success and advances they’ve made over the last 2-3 seasons, they have never quite managed to find that 20-30 goals per season striker they desperately need to launch them into the big time.
Whilst Jermaine Defoe has proven that he’s still got it, with a series of cool performances in front of goal, Emmanuel Adebayor has largely disappointed. The lanky Togo man has just two goals to his name this season and will be off to the African Cup of Nations this January.
In other words, the need for a striker is as strong as ever. Unsurprisingly, Leandro Damiao’s name has begun to surface once more.
According to the Daily Mail, Andre Villas-Boas is as much an admirer of the Brazilian forward as the man he replaced, Harry Redknapp.
And I’d argue that he has every right to be. Damiao is a scintillating striking talent. He has pace, ingenuity and confidence in front of goal. He’s the kind of player who can make a goal out of nothing with a moment of magic. But he’s equally good at getting on the end of intelligent midfield play and tucking it away.
Anybody who saw his performances in the summer Olympics will attest to his talent. He finished the competition’s top-scorer with six goals and truly announced himself on the big stage. He certainly has a future with Brazil, but where does his club future lie?
The Mail claim that Tottenham are weighing up a £15m bid for the 23-year-old. I expect for that kind of money, Damiao’s club, Internacional, will tell Spurs to ‘stuff it’. But he’s a player they need to keep pursuing. He’s the kind of unique talent that could help Spurs find the consistency they need to keep competing at the top level.
No he’s not Lionel Messi, or Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has the potential to be a very special player. So shouldn’t Spurs be getting in on the action, regardless of the cost?
Should Andre Villas-Boas be able to close a deal for the Brazilian, he’ll have completed one of the most exciting Tottenham transfers for a long time. Let’s hope he has the stones to pull it off.
What’s your take? Should Tottenham look to finalise a deal for Leandro Damiao?