Ten days after handing in a transfer request at Villa Park, Christian Benteke performed a spectacular U-Turn on his decision by committing his future to the Midlands outfit by penning a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2017.
It was understood that the Belgian wanted to quit Villa and seek a move to a “bigger team” in order to bolster his World Cup aspirations next summer by playing in the Champions League, and his club slapped a £25 million fee on his head.
The 22-year-old was reportedly linked with a move to Tottenham, but no serious bid was made for the former Genk man who will now spend at least another season under Paul Lambert.
And that’s bad news for Spurs, who are desperate for a new forward.
The club’s main strikers, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, are touching 30 are in the winter of their respective careers, while too much of a burden was placed on the club’s top scorer last season, Gareth Bale.
It was ultimately a lack of additional firepower that saw the Lilywhites miss out on Champions League football again last season, and if they are to crack the top 4, they’re going to need to buy in one or two world-class strikers.
Now that Benteke is no longer available, here, we take a look at 5 Alternative Striker Options.
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This article was first posted on July 22, 2013