Date:Wednesday June 29 2011
it's transfer season, and rumours of players comings and goings are well under way.
Tottenham clearly need a striker or two to help us push for a top four finish in the Premier League again this coming season and therefore have been linked with multiple players such as; Forlan, Leandro and Falcao. However, due to the high number of squad members we already have Levy and the board of directors have insisted we sell first ( which in all honesty is a slow and painful policy) So it seems that even if we do sell the likes of Keane, Hutton, Bassong, Jenas, Bentley and Kranjcar we still wont have enough money to buy a Ł30-40 million worth striker that can score 30+ goals a season like we (and every other team) need so desperately.
So this is where the idea of looking at young prospects come into play... Yes we need to finish in the top four this season and need world class players but surely we should be looking to the future at the same time? Firstly, we HAVE to keep Gio (especially if the Lennon rumours come true) as I'm sure I'm not the only supporter that believes if he received more game time we could start to see spectacular things.
Next, we use the money we recieve from selling the likes of Kranjcar, Bentley and Palacios ( others may be used in Cahill trade *fingers crossed*) to fund buying players such as Leandro and Oxlade-Chamberlain that are showing they can change games and are still very young. Then, start using our own youth! We have so much talent in our youth but because of our high expectation to do well in Europe via the Champions League and therefore the Premier League, we find that these players don't get used at all and are loaned out time and time again suceeding for other clubs.
Here are two great examples from this season: Walker at Aston Villa became the most entertaining attacking right back in England and at one point wanted to stay at Villa due to the fact that he knows when he returns to White Hart Lane he wont be getting game time. He also played superbly in Englands U-21 short tournament campaign this summer. HE DESERVES TO BE OUR FIRST TEAM RIGHT BACK!!!
O'Hara at Wolves proved to be a solid central midfielder able to hold the game and get forward and score goals saving them from relegation. Now he's a permanent Wolves player and is sure to be one of the best youngsters in the Premier League next season.
As an English club I believe it is our duty to start playing young English talent like Walker, Rose, Townsend, Caulker, Mason, Parrett, Bostock, Naughton and Obika. Even if it is in cup games and the odd Premier League game.
Last year I watched our pre-season tourn' in the US and our young guns were GREAT to watch and looked incredibly promising. The new season came along and I dont think I saw any of them mentioned again? Can we afford the likes of Arsenal and Man Utd to be showing us how it's done by giving players like Wilshere, Rafael and Oberton a chance and watching them shine?
written by shanepjd
Date:Wednesday June 29 2011
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