Excluding new signing Fernando Llorente, Tottenham’s moves to strengthen their squad this summer has seen the club add youthful, ambitious competition to their talented squad. However, the club’s most recent acquisitions have followed a rather distinctive pattern.
Daniel Levy is a man who doesn’t regularly let his assets get away cheaply. Deals for Carrick, Berbatov and Modric’s draw good profits, Bale’s transfer fee was astronomical. New contracts for Kane, Alli, Lloris and a whole host of others besides seemed to be awarded every other week last season.
Supporters hope to hear more good news regarding Alderweireld’s situation soon, and you’d imagine Wanyama won’t be too far behind after an impressive debut season last year. New contracts are golden handcuffs to club with a brand-new world class new stadium to fund. Whilst new contracts are hardly worth the paper they are printed on and guarantees practically nothing in terms of loyalty, it does safeguard the club’s interests financially should players be sold.
Pochettino and Levy have also looked to the future with regards to recruitment. Chance of success on the pitch will only be enhanced with the addition of the right players. Can Tottenham maintain their challenge of the title? Spurs have become an increasingly good bet for a Champions League place with a 9/2 odds offered by Betfair and other famous bookmakers.
Llorente aside, who will provide vital experience as well as much needed support for an overworked Harry Kane, the club have brought in support for 4 of our oldest players. Gazzaniga for Lloris (30), although more for Vorm (33), as well as Foyth & Sanchez for Alderweireld (28) and Vertonghen (30). Whilst the club will be in no rush to bin any of Lloris, Alderweireld & Vertonghen any time soon, it’s more than reassuring to see that Levy and co are thinking laterally to avoid another dog’s dinner that’s being served down the road.
So, what’s next? Well, Mousa Dembele is no spring chicken. At 30 years young, he would fall straight into the ‘help required’ category, which is perhaps why deadline day saw us attempt moves for Andre Gomes & Ross Barkley. Like Hugo, Toby & Jan, the powerful Belgian is still seen as an important member of the squad, but that’s not to say that with what will be just 6 months left on his contract, Pochettino-loving Barkley will not be with us in January.
The next 2 are maybe a little bit more clean cut. Mr Sissoko is not only taking £95,000 a week out of the wages pot, but is a less than youthful 28 and therefore jumps to the front of the queue to be ousted as soon as possible. When you consider this, it makes his signing last summer even more bemusing. Replacing him with a young, quick, forward thinking attacker with a good end product would be a sound decision – hey, we could even afford to pay him a decent competitive salary!
Aged 27, Kyle Walker was disposed with for a handsome profit, and replaced with the gifted, double time Ligue 1-winner Serge Aurier from PSG for half the price. Danny Rose is now 27, has shown his utter discontent with the club at transfers, wages etc and is now quite rightly feeling the wrath of the gaffer. His recent comments were nothing short of stupid & have perhaps started to dissolution other players who may feel they have earned the right for more wages. I for one would allow Rose to move back to the green grass of home next summer, or even January, to make way for Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham – a player with bags of potential, who would not initially command a massive outlay wages wise. Infact, another seemingly great investment.
After endless summers of Tottenham supporters scratching their heads after another transfer window of seemingly scattergun signings, a pattern is starting to emerge & a strategy is seemingly in place.
Tom from East Upper