Once Dimitar Berbatov leaves for Manchester United, Spurs will be left with one striker and Darren Bent has been anonymous in the defeats to Middlesbrough and Sunderland. The papers yesterday narrowed Tottenham’s search down to three names: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Emile Heskey and Radamel Falcao.
Heskey, one would presume, is unlikely. Spurs usually buy younger players than the former Liverpool striker and it is doubtful that his arrival would placate the increasingly worried Spurs support. Huntelaar would be a great signing for any big club in Europe but the Dutch striker could be angling for a move to a team that plays in the Champions League and he may be willing to give Marco van Basten’s new regime one more season at Ajax.
This leaves Falcao, nicknamed “El Tigre,” who is valued between 7 and 10 million pounds. At just 22-years-old and at an affordable price he ticks the boxes for Tottenham especially if they do sign two strikers before the transfer window closes.
Falcao is named after legendary Roma and Brazil midfielder Falcao and could well go on to have a successful time in Europe like his namesake. He is a devout Christian and his father was a defender in the Colombian league.
The left-footed Colombian striker was discovered playing for the Colombian Under-17 youth team and has only played for River Plate where he burst on to the scene scoring seven goals in his first seven starts. A cruciate ligament injury held up his career somehwat but in recent years he has returned to form.
As Diego Simeone led River to the Apertura championship, Falcao was an integral part of the team playing behind a lone striker. If he does join Spurs he will be a direct replacement for Robbie Keane rather than Berbatov but he knows where the goal is – he scored 19 goals last season.
The only downside for Spurs is that he is another short player, standing at 5’7 but he is though strong in the air, will fight for every ball and is a good finisher (see this goal against rivals Boca). With an affordable price tag and Spurs needing reinforcements quickly, Falcao could well be a player who Juande Ramos (and Damien Comolli) will be relying on for goals in the coming months.
A compilation of some of his best goals can be seen . His goal in River’s 2-1 defeat to Banfield on the weekend can be seen and one of his two goals (in 12 appearances) for the Colombian national team can be seen . But probably the best goal he has ever scored can be seen .