Date: 11th September 2017 at 10:47am
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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

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • RecaroN17 September 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Why so upbeat? Thought we were shit.

  • Tom from the East Upper September 11, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Cheers for putting this up H. Thanks for the positive comments folks!

    • Harry Hotspur September 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Any time mate, sorry it took so long!

  • Cptcaveman September 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    It gets me moist when you get all positive!!

    • mattspurs September 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Calm down it’s Tom from East Upper not HH.

  • Urbane Sturgeon September 11, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I agree it’s a good article although I still scratch my head at the idea of selling any player who has, at 27 years old, just reached his peak, blending youth & experience. Of course if it turns out that their replacements are more effective than previous replacements for the likes of Bale, Mod, Berb and Ledders we won’t much care.

  • coys1882 September 11, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Good article and a fair and accurate assessment of what appears to be, at last, a far more coordinated and coherent player acquisition strategy. This is the benefit of managerial stability and continuity. The team is now being moulded in Poch’s image and reassuringly it does appear that DL and Poch are genuinely singing from the same hymn sheet. I felt it was absolutely essential for DL to back Poch in the transfer market this past off-season window and to give him credit this he has done.

    On the defensive side of the ball, our purchases look extremely promising and the acquisitions of Sanchez, Aurier and hopefully in time Foyth also, will turn out to be masterstrokes in seriously strengthening and regenerating our already EPL leading defense. in more than 50 years as a supporter, our defense and defensive midfield options have never looked more stacked with both quality and depth of talent. Sessegnon for Rose, as you suggest, would seem like a perfect continuation of this strategy.

    Not quite the same depth on the attacking front, although Llorente was a welcome addition to supplant the hapless Vincent! However, we are perhaps just a couple of players away from being a title winning outfit. A truly world class dynamic young talent in central midfield, to challenge and ultimately take over from Dembele and a lightening fast, skilful, wide man/winger are the two areas which we need to strengthen. Selling Sissoko and Lamela and additional funds from a Rose/Sessegnon swap would help give us the financial wherewithal to purchase these two players.

  • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Frank Boer-ing Blog now open for business

  • Freund or Foe September 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Great article H, don`t do it again please.

    • Harry Hotspur September 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Guest blog 🤣

      • Freund or Foe September 11, 2017 at 11:19 am

        You published it really well.

        • Urbane Sturgeon September 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

          It say’s Aitch wrote Tom’s guest blog?!!

  • Freund or Foe September 11, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Fakinel, look at the size of that cock!!

    • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

      but its only got one ball

      • Freund or Foe September 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

        It only needs one. Buster Gonad`s-esque.

        • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 11:21 am

          Just googled that…..Goolies,Goalies and Gollocks

  • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 11:06 am

    About Dortmund
    Eriksen has been improving in leaps and bounds. Mostly he is more proactive and forward thinking and this last game was one of his best (maybe his best) Its encouraging.
    We have been riding mostly with our great pressing,wing play and indivual brilliance but often we were too little and too slow inside on the flow side. Poch seems to have changed that asking both Eriksen and Dembele for more movement going forward. Both of them have been moving the ball much better and quicker and more forward. This needs to continue. Its critical for Eriksen to continue this as when this works,it all works and the movement of the team becomes more evident. It creates better chances as there is more control. Creating inside brings us to another level.

    • Harry Hotspur September 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Who originally wrote this?

      • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 11:22 am

        My left hand ,my right hand was busy

        • Hartley September 11, 2017 at 11:24 am

          Were you rubbing yourself up the wrong way?

          • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

            every way has been pretty dynamic thanks

        • Harry Hotspur September 11, 2017 at 11:31 am

          ‘You’re slow coming today vicar’ said Mrs Blenkinsopp stirring her tea with the other hand

  • East Stand September 11, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Loriente was a move in the right direction, perhaps Vinny has been awake up call to Levy that not all players in their early 20’s will immediately turn into world beaters after being with six feet of Poch.

    Never understood last couple of summer windows given how well Poch had done. AVB was given free reign to sign the likes of Soldaldo and Paulinhio while Poch was given an other bag of unpolished turds (apart from Wanyama) to be getting on with.

    Things are looking up and Poch may have managed to remove Levy’s blinkers and promote the idea that the present is actually something that exists…

  • caveman September 11, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Get Toby tied down and we’ll see if Rose can displace Davies in the team, before we dispatch him next summer. If he gets a sulk and disrupts the squad, give him the old Adebayor treatment.

    • East Stand September 11, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Bentley got loaned out to a club in deepest darkest Russia as his punishment for being a dick. Although he was probably so out of it that he barely noticed…

  • Hartley September 11, 2017 at 10:58 am

    You’ve got to accumulate to speculate

    • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thats Levys motto rather than Speculating to accumulate

      • Hartley September 11, 2017 at 11:27 am

        You’ve got to sit tight to stay afloat

        • Ronwol1960-61 September 11, 2017 at 11:47 am

          Mel? Bahamas?

  • ronwol196061 September 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Excellent article!
    Not profound but very well written (This bloke never studied Ronglish its obvious) and constructed

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  • caveman September 11, 2017 at 10:51 am