Testing the reputation of the Premiership.
With only 4 games left to play for both us and Manchester City, and despite the 7 point gap, I can't write us off yet. It's a funny old game after all.
But with only 1 win in 11 games - possessing the attacking flair that Spurs are renowned appears to be as useful as a handbrake in a canoe - and we are treading some dark waters right now. The talk of our star players being linked to moves away from the Lane may be realistic, but also disheartening. But after a taste of the Champions League, I think a lot of us quite rightly crave some top talent being brought in for next season.
So if there are any optimistic and pragmatic types among you, I think it would be a good idea to discuss what the reputation of the Premier league can help to a team that might not make the Champions League spot, but are looking to bring in some big names. You can talk about the stars of La Liga and Serie A, and even ponder pinching players from other Premier League teams far more comfortably if you have Champions League status that's for sure, but would outstanding players of perhaps ' lesser ' leagues be tempted to leave their high flying clubs for a chance to play for an ambitious team like Spurs, even without Champions League status?
We all love a good news flash when we see ' Spurs bid 38 million for Aguero 'or ' Llorente linked with Spurs for £25 million ', and I think as the January transfer window showed, these sorts of signings may be out our reach (wage structures seems to bother the Spurs management the most). Of course I would still like to see us making ambitious bids for these types of players, but there are other exciting prospects that give me hope for seasons to come. Would young players such as Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar be happy to leave their clubs from Belgium, Chile and Brazil for Spurs?
With talks stalling with Neymar, I can't see any other of the top four going for them at least this season, and after seeing Spurs light up the champs league - are we an exciting project for them? Or what about established players in their own league, but not yet deemed as world class? I'm talking Hulk, Falcao (Portugese liga), Marin (Bundesliga), Sturridge(Prem), Gamiero (French league) etc etc. Surely Spurs' attacking nature would suit these guys down to the ground and add a bit of end product.
Finally, if you look hard enough, there are some quality players which hardly seemed to have slipped under the radar as of late - players like Ola Toivonen (Dutch league), Mario Gomez(Bundesliga) and Huntelaar (German liga). Are our scouting staff wise to such a bid? I honestly think (trying to unbiased), and so do a lot of neutrals and rivals that I know, think that playing for Spurs would be an exciting prospect for any player next season. And I think we can get those signings that we want if we play it smart in the summer transfer window.
This leaves another thought in my mind. Will OUR star players want to move away to the giants of what I honestly consider weaker leagues like La Liga and Serie A? I think that we should not consider for a moment selling our best players to a team in the Premiership, let alone abroad - but either way I think that the mettle of the Premier league's reputation to elevate talented players to world class status is going to be tested this summer. I would love to see some new top class talent dominate the Premiership at Spurs, and hopefully those prospective players will do too. PS - here's to us getting Champs League and making this article irrelevant!
Written by Spurfect11