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Simon Kjaer and Edinson Cavani – Worthwhile Signings???

Recent reports have come from around the web that we have made a bid of 28million euros for the combined signatures of both the central defender Simon Kjaer and the forward Edinson Cavani, both of Palermo. The president of Palermo has for some reason or another come out and stated that we have put in this significant offer, and that it had been accepted, yet the Spurs board have now turned round and declared this not to be true at all. Regardless of if or when we are to make a bid for these two, it is fair to say that many of you will not have heard of these young stars.

Powerful centre-back Simon Kjaer

Simon Kjaer is the more promising of the two players, with many of the big European Clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolfsburg all looking to sign him. He plays at centre-back, and at only 21 has alot of potential in these role still to come, with 62 Palermo appearances already to his name. Fans of the Football Manager games will already know that he becomes one of the better central defenders in the 2010 edition, and the interest of most of Europe would suggest that he is the level of  player we should be looking to buy, yet it is doubtful that he is the kind of player we need at Spurs. We already have a plethora of good centre-backs, with Dawson and King showing themselves as a force to be reckoned with when fit. Woodgate’s days may be numbered, yet young players such as Bassong and Kaboul can easily cover for the England stars, and with King’s increasing ability to play consecutive games, the centre of our defence seems a solid enough position. It would be a waste of money to spend any more than say £5million on another centre-back, as we simply do not need one, and the money could be spent elsewhere.

The attention now turns to Edinson Cavani, who plays in a role very similar to Pavlychenko. Very, very similar. It would seem puzzlingly if we were to keep our Russian hitman if we were to purchase Cavani, and despite Cavani’s slightly better goal ratio (he scores around 5 goals a season more), he is still not really the 30 goal a season striker that a top side need, a player like Cristiano Ronaldo was for Man Utd, Drogba is for Chelsea and Torres is for Liverpool. Even Man City seem to have latched onto one of these with Carlos Tevez. Signing Cavani would unlikely increasing our scoring threat, as he is around the same quality as Crouch or Defoe, only younger. If we are to sign a new striker, which I believe is needed to step our game up a bit, then we need to buy someone big. Take this  28 million euros we were to spend on these two, and buy one big signing up front. Someone like Aguero or Suarez – or dare I say it Eduardo?? It takes a brave man to cross the North London divide, yet him and Modric have been said to have a “telepathic understanding” of each other’s games ever since they have played together since youth level, and may be worth a shot.

Edinson Cavani

Robbie Keane – A Tottenham Legend

It is inevitable that as soon as the veteran striker retires, Robbie Keane will be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur hall of fame. Before he came to Spurs he was somewhat of a nomad within the footballing world, playing at Wolves, Coventry, Inter and Leeds, all before he had turned 22. Yet after his £7million move to Tottenham in the summer of 2002, Robbie Keane had noidea that his latest in a long line of clubs would be his home for the next 6 years, a fact manager Glenn Hoddle had alluded to at the time.

Keane made a solid debut in the 3-2 victory over West Ham, winning a penalty at the same time, yet his debut goal did not come until the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. He continued to contribute to many victories during the season, with a marvelous hattrick over Evertonat the lane and finished the season with 13 goals, though Tottenham only managed to finish in 10th place. His superb goalscoring record for Spurs continued into the next season, where although Tottenhamwere battling with relegation, he racked up a tally of 16 for the campaign.

Robbie Keane’s future at the club was then thrown into much doubt after the 04-05 season, where, although Keane scored 17 goals in the season, he was playing as the 4th striker for much of it. Then after storming off down the tunnel after being an unused sub in the game against Birmingham, his future looked pretty much doomed, and the travelling Irishman looked like he was to move on again.

No transfer emerged during the summer, with the transfer of Kanoute leaving Spurs with no option but to hold onto Keane, and that was possibly the best bit of news that the Spurs faithful had heard, though they were not to know it yet. Keane again started out on the bench, but as Defoe’s form began to deteriorate, Keane stepped up to the plate. He finished the season with 16 goals and reestablished himself as the first choice striker again, and leaped backed into the hearts of Spurs fans everywhere.

Legend

The following two seasons established Keane as an out-and-out goalscorer, pinching goals from nothing and impressing many pundits with his high workrate, and his partnership with Berbatov was seen as the best partnership of the league. With many of the big clubs focusing on one top scorer like Henry, Rooney and Lampard and later Adebayor and Ronaldo, Tottenham had the almost unique strike force of two equally prolific forwards. They scored a combined tally of 91 goals in their two seasons together, yet transfer rumors persisted of Berbatov’s imminent departure and it seems that the Keane/Berbatov partnership is all but over.

This does not affect the fact that Keane, and his goalscoring record, is key to the Tottenham success of the last few years and it is in no doubt that Robbie will be a great striker for many years to come, and it is only a matter of time until he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.