Villas-Boas not fazed by Tottenham striker shortage

Andre Villas-Boas is not concerned with the lack of strikers he currently has available, despite both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor currently being unavailable to the Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach, the Guardian has reported.

Villas-Boas was without both of his senior centre-forwards for the FA Cup match against Leeds United on Sunday, with the Premier League side crashing out of the competition in a 2-1 defeat, Clint Dempsey scoring the goal for the Londoners.

Dempsey was selected to lead the Tottenham attack with Gylfi Sigurdsson in support, but young striker Jonathan Obika was introduced in place of Sigurdsson in the second-half as Dempsey reverted to his more usual attacking midfield role.

Adebayor is currently away on international duty, representing Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Defoe missed the Elland Road reverse with a pelvic injury that he has been carrying for some time, the newspaper adds.

Tottenham are said to have looked into signing a striker during the transfer window but with only a matter of days remaining they have yet to make a purchase, and Villas-Boas says it is unlikely that they will dip into the market before deadline day on Thursday.

It is risk we were willing to take,” Villas-Boas said. “We are comfortable with the situation. We are happy with the squad. This defeat is not going to alert us to anything.

Unfortunately we missed Defoe, who gives us options, but we have him back for Norwich and still have Ade to return so we have strength in depth.

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