With Chelsea recently putting in an improved offer of £25 million for the little Croatian, Spurs fans are wondering what would happen if our number 14 was to leave. Without the offer of Champions league football can we really attract another player of Modric’s calibre, and if we weren’t able to replace him, how would we cope next season? What are our options?
Option 1: Replace him with another creative central midfielder
If Luka does leave, that’s going to give Daniel Levy a fair bit of cash to play with, but who to spend it on? Scott parker has been mentioned, but with Tom Huddlestone back from injury and the brilliant Sandro beginning to find his feet in the Prem, is a player of Parker’s style really required?
Charlie Adam, Blackpool’s £12 million rated play maker has also been mentioned, but with fierce competition for his signature from United and Liverpool, it could be tricky to acquire his services. However, Adam is proven at premier league level, and at 24 has the potential to become an even better player.
This transfer rumour made me do a double take when I saw it. Joe Cole. Cole was mentored by Redknapp in his West Ham days, so this move could happen. But I hope to God it doesn’t. 32 appearances in a Liverpool shirt, 3 goals. Case closed.
Option 2: Replace him with a striker, and allow the central midfield void to bee filled by Van der Vaart.
This is personal my favourite option, as it would allow Harry Redknapp to revert to the 4-4-2 formation which served us so well two seasons ago (the year we qualified for the Champions League). This option would also make Van der Vaart take up a central midfield role, effectively playing in the position Modric currently holds. But the quality of our strikers is not currently good enough for us to rely on them for the majority of our goals, so a new forward is needed…
Didier Drogba has been mentioned, and could join Spurs as part of a deal for Modric. He is a proven goal scorer in the premier league, and with him up front we could be pretty sure of 20-25 goals a season from him. However, at 33, he would not offer a lot of resale value, and doubts have been cast over how long Drogba can remain ripping nets in the English top flight.
But, here is (in my opinion) is a the ideal solution to our scoring dilemmas. Asamoah Gyan. He’s young, is a great goal scorer, and would probably be interested in a move to White Hart Lane. However, with Sunderland recently having sold Henderson and Bent for a combined total of around £45 million, would they really be willing to sell their only remaining star player?
Option 3: Survive with out Luka, and make do with our remaining players.
If Luka left, and no new striker or midfielder was brought in, then Redknapp would probably opt to continue with his 4-4-1-1 formation. But who would fill Luka’s role in midfield?
Kranjcar was integral to the season before last’s campaign, and in my opinion is too good to be wasted on the bench. He would probably be able to do Modric’s job, but perhaps not quite as well.
Jenas is Championship quality at best, and would not be good enough to succeed the creative Croatian. Palacios is too defensively minded, and would not provided the creativity required to fill Luka’s boot, and with O’hara looking destined to move to Wolves, it looks as though a new central midfielder will be required.
So, what should Harry do? In my honest opinion, we should go for Asamoah, and then maybe we ‘gyan’ get into the Champions League next season.