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Tottenham favourites for Ciprian Marica! or are they?

Posted on September 22, 2013 by Random Spurs Supporter

This free agent has apparently been on the agenda of three London clubs since the transfer window closed, on the face of it an experienced international striker available on a free but with a healthy wage request of some £9m over three years. With a strike rate of about one in three for his country Marica is being touted as a striker but he is not in the mould of Soldado, Defoe or even Adebayor, he can operate as a second striker or from the right of the main forward, a player not unlike Andros Townsend or Erik Lamela who has cost Tottenham a fee of up to £30m.

We can never discount the possibility that he might join but does it really make any sense, a player released early by Schalke with a decent international goalscoring record but a quite abysmal league record wherever he has been, after 2 years with his last club Schalke he managed just 5 goals and only 34 games, before that in four years with Stuttgart he played just 93 games and scored 19 goals, hardly prolific in either goals or playing time. Averaging just 21 games a season which will include substitute appearances does not suggest that he has been a major asset.

He has been available for a while now and seems to have been talking to a few clubs for weeks, is this just agent speak for offer me more money to a club in desperate need of more firepower like West Ham or Newcastle, it just doesn’t ring true that he might be what Tottenham are looking for at this moment.

It is feasible that just as soon as this article is posted Tottenham will announce that he has signed for them but does he offer anything that AVB does not already have within his squad? his record is not that superior to Aaron Lennon, who will return soon, he will not have his pace and then there is the threat of Townsend and Lamela specialising on the right side of Soldado or Defoe.

This signing makes little sense and so we can probably expect an announcement quite soon that he has joined!

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