Robbie Savage has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur need to re-sign Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe to have any chance of winning the Premier League this season.
The Black Cats captain has spent two stints at White Hart Lane during his career, scoring 90 goals and cementing his place as a fan favourite in North London.
Savage believes signing Defoe and winning the league is the only tonic that can make up for the disappointment of missing out on the title last campaign.
“The only way they can make up for that blow-out on the home straight would be to go on and win the title,” Savage wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“And if they want to make a statement that they mean business, Spurs should go all-out to bring Jermain Defoe back to White Hart Lane for a third stint.
“Why? First of all, they are going to need back-up for Harry Kane. If he was to suffer another injury, we have already seen that £22 million summer signing Vincent Janssen isn’t up to it as his replacement. Or not yet, at any rate.”
Defoe bagged 18 goals last season as he almost single-handedly guided Sunderland to Premier League safety and, with David Moyes’ side embroiled in a relegation battle yet again, losing the 34-year-old would be a bitter blow to the Wearside club’s chances of surviving the drop to the Championship come May.
With the striker in the latter stages of his career, Savage believes Spurs would be making a wise choice to bring back their former man – both in a footballing and a monetary capacity- to help deliver an elusive first Premier League title.
“There is no point in making a massive £40-50m bid for a marquee signing this month, because Europe’s top strikers will want to play in the Champions League – where Spurs needlessly came up short before Christmas,” continued Savage.
“The other week I said, tongue-in-cheek, that we might as well hand the trophy over to Chelsea now, and I still believe the title is destined for Stamford Bridge.
But in all seriousness, if Spurs want to close that seven-point gap and even overturn it, they need more firepower to help Kane.
And the answer could be a 34-year-old who already knows the club inside out.”
Spurs have reportedly cooled interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, with the player due to report for African Cup of Nations Duty with Ivory Coast this month.