Spurs fans must have experienced that sinking feeling as they watched Jermain Defoe limp out of Tottenham's recent game against West Brom.
With Emmanuel Adebayor still tied up at the Africa Cup of Nations, the former West Ham man's ankle injury left Andre Villas-Boas with no recognised striker to call upon.
Clint Dempsey might have poached a vital goal against Manchester United earlier in the year, but the American is not good enough to lead the line for a club hoping to qualify for the Champions League. Talk of Villas-Boas deploying Gareth Bale in a striking role is overblown, as it would limit the Welshman's influence on the game.
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