Quite a lot has been made this season about Roberto Soldado’s lack of goals from open play this season. Some blame the player himself, whilst others including myself feel that it is the players behind him responsible for not only his lack of goals, but also the team’s failure to find the back of the net. Andre Villas Boas has tried a variety of players in the three behind the striker this season but is yet to find a trio that can provide the goals and assists needed for Spurs and their ambitions. I’m going to put forward my ideal attacking three and why playing these will be not only beneficial for Roberto Soldado but also Spurs.
On the left: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Easily the hardest position to pick as this is probably also our weakest position in the attacking three. One may have been tempted to put Andros Townsend on the left due to his form for club and country this season, but for me Sigurdsson is just ahead of him for one reason; goals. Townsend has just 2 goals in all competitions with one being a cross, and the other against the truly abysmal Dynamo Tbilisi. Sigurdsson has 4 goals in all competitions already this season, and all have been crucial for Spurs. Although it can be argued Townsend will have a greater impact by using his pace to stretch teams, I argue that Sigurdsson’s ability to ghost in out of nowhere and grab a goal is a more important quality to bring to the team. Sigurdsson also has the ability to create goals with his through balls which is a skill Townsend is yet to master. The only other option’s on the left are Aaron Lennon, who does not look comfortable at all out there, or Nacer Chadli who has struggled for fitness since arriving from FC Twente in the summer.
In the centre: Christian Eriksen
For me, the easiest position to pick but this is down mainly to the lack of natural number 10’s in the squad. Sure Sigurdsson, Holtby and Lamela can play there if we are desperate but none are natural there in my opinion. When on form, Eriksen has everything you could possibly want from a number 10. The ability to spot a through ball, to swing in a pin point cross and can even chip with a goal or two when needed. Eriksen’s main problem this season has been consistency, something he was criticised for at his previous club Ajax. We have seen him be brilliant like on his debut against Norwich, but he can also be anonymous as seen in his performance against West Ham. His only real competition for this position is Lewis Holtby, but personally I believe Lewis’s future is deeper in midfield as he doesn’t have enough in the form of through balls, or goals for that number 10 position
On the right: Erik Lamela
Our record signing Erik Lamela had struggled to find form before our game against FC Sheriff on Thursday where he was simply sensational. He is the perfect example of a Spurs player, someone who will get the fans of their seats and give them something to shout about. From his time at Roma, we can see that Lamela can provide not only assist, but can also be a major goal threat which is something you can’t really say about his main competition Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon. Spurs main problem this season has been creating chances for Roberto Soldado, but with Lamela in the side, I can see him thriving on his through balls and crosses.
If André Villas Boas deploys this attacking trio in the Premier League, I believe we will start to not only create more chances, but bring a lot more goals in from midfield and push us further up the table.