After we enquired as to who Spurs fans considered their prime transfer target in January the usual names were agreed with such as Joao Moutinho, Alan Dzagoev and Christian Eriksen. All very talented players however also ones who will undoubtedly come at a price as was found out with the protracted and eventual unsuccessful dealings with FC Porto for Moutinho in the summer.
However a slightly more adventurous fan suggested that Spurs look elsewhere for more affordable options in particular the Czech Republic.
I'd like Spurs to have a good look at Jan Chramosta - he's 22 and plays for the fairly successful Czech U21's including scoring 9 times in their last 3 qualifying group games. He's quick, but very rarely gets caught offside so shows good positional awareness, unlike Defoe who is frequently offside. In case any scouts read this he plays for Mlada Boleslav and has 12 goals in his 11 internationals. Also with Ade off to the ACN in January we'll need a striker as back up to Defoe.
So ‘Seaside Spur’ we decided to take a look at the striker in question ourselves and absolutely there is little doubting he has talent. As stated he is quick off the mark and almost Chicarito like in his display of tactical nous.
In terms of talent he looks near as good as NK Maribor’s Slovenian prospect Robert Beric who has been linked with big clubs across Europe due to his Europa League performances.
He won the Czech Golden Ball for Revelation of the Year in 2009. While this is impressive to put some perspective on the accolade previous winners also include Rudi Skacel, Roman Bednar and Mario Licka; none of which you would call Tottenham standard but that should of course not be held against him.
In terms of his international pedigree 12 goals in 12 games is the official stat and while that is obviously impressive he did score five in one fixture against lowly Andorra which does take the shine off the achievement slightly.
Another fact that was plucked from the internet was his apparent propensity for the theatrical that has got some Czech fans in a twist; however if he wins a penalty for Spurs then no doubt you wouldn’t be complaining.
So should Spurs or any Premier League teams chase his signature?
Ordinarily I would say yes as he is clearly a potent finisher reminiscent of Michael Owen in his pomp however there is one major stumbling block in a potential deal.
In July the striker suffered a severe cruciate knee injury that required surgery and has seen him side-lined ever since. Without a return date pencilled in the seriousness of such an injury would make his signing in January for any team highly improbable.
So maybe not right now but certainly he looks like a player that people should be keeping tabs on, and not just on Football Manager.
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