Tottenham Hotspur is having an excellent start to their summer transfer window with already three new additions for their squad heading into the 2022-23 season. Spurs have added Fraser Forster, Ivan Perišić, and Yves Bissouma thus far, and they won’t be stopping there.
The north London club is currently linked to wing-backs, central defenders, and forwards to further improve their squad. During a segment on talkSPORT, pundit Jamie O’Hara shared his belief that Tottenham is now a more significant pull for new signings than Manchester United.
“Because we got fourth place, because we’ve got Antonio Conte as a manager and because we’ve got Son and Kane and world-class players, players now look at it and would rather sign for Tottenham than Man United,” O’Hara said on talkSPORT.
“You would. The facilities are great; you’re in London, so why would you sign for Manchester United right now? You’d rather sign for Tottenham.”
With manager Antonio Conte at the helm and club chief Fabio Paratici as the architect, Spurs have a project with two credible people who have a history of winning trophies leading the charge.
Conte showed this past season what he could do with a limited Tottenham squad, and with the right recruits, he can help the club be a contender with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City domestically next season.
As a result, O’Hara stated that there’s similarities between Conte and Jurgen Klopp when he began his tenure at Liverpool.
“I don’t want to jump the gun, but it feels like we’re doing what Jurgen Klopp did at Liverpool when he first came in,” O’Hara said. “He rebuilt the team slowly, and then over the next two or three years, this side could be unbelievable and challenge for something.”
Very well put , but Man Utd are always to be feared , a revival can happen anytime with their resources – and who’s to say that Ten Haag wont become their saviour . Thats the brilliance of football
I like the analysis.
Having been spoiled for so long the supporters of Arsenal and Manchester United are going to have to accept the increased competition and adapt their expectations. As Spurs supporters we are overjoyed to see Bissouma replacing Harry Winks. How well would Bissouma have been received at Old Trafford? I think many would have been underwhelmed tbh
I agree with your assertion that money is the reason for virtually every transfer. The best wages are what the players and their agents are chasing. All the guff about Champions League football and ‘prestige’ is the media gloss that is spun over these deals.
However; I disagree regarding Manchester United and their future prospects.
Of course they have history, recent and longer term, but football has changed and English football has changed beyond all recognition of what it once was.
At the inception of the Premier League THFC ticked all the ‘big club’ boxes. A member of the then ‘big five’ along with Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Spurs and Everton were the first of the big five to enter a decline of sorts during the early Premier League years of the 1990’s. Liverpool stagnated. They stopped winning titles but picked up cups while occasionally challenging in the league.
Manchester United and Arsenal dominated during this first decade. Their approach to winning being the tried and tested formula of backing their managers over a long period of time.
That model is dead since the emergence of Chelsea and Manchester City. United and Arsenal have not adapted to this model despite having the resources to compete. Both clubs are in a decline that has lasted at least a decade.
Whatever you think of Levy and ENIC what they have done is positioned Spurs to look like an attractive destination, particularly for players from abroad. Spurs have the best facilities and are based in London. If they match up with other clubs on wages then this does give Spurs an edge.
United are currently the second best team in Manchester. When a foreign player does not prefer to live in London or the South he will probably opt for City and perhaps Newcastle ahead of United in the near future. United have attracted second tier mercenary players and managers for the last decade and have a huge job of turning things around.
The expectation level of the clubs plastic support base and the media pressure from ex players like Neville and Keane have created a perfect storm of chaos at Old trafford.
Who thinks ETH is the answer?
There may be (more) trouble ahead.
Conte doesn’t oversee “projects” and never stays more than a couple of years at any club. The lure for any player at the end of the day is lucre however filthy. Utd have a much better trophy record than us and are going to expand their stadium. Ten Haag is a “project” manager who is going to change the culture at Utd which has been rotten for a long time. They have had too many selfish egos to be successful and Mourinho spotted this with particular reference to Pogba. O’Hara is Spurs through and through but in keeping with many if not most ex-pros, he generally spouts garbage.
Jamie is Spurs through & through but we ain’t “doing a Klopp” mate. Conte is not slowly doing anything he is radical.
And we’re in Champs League……………simple !!!!!!!