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Well, that's that. Three months of endless debate, drama, nausea, glee, stupefaction, anger, shock, despair, outrage, gloom, delight...have now come to an end. The 2011-2012 summer transfer window has come, charmed us all with its glimpses of world-class strikers and rock-hard defenders, dazzled us with reports of bids for superstars and world-class talent, shocked us with news of loan signings and freebies, and at the death, has left us in peace as it whooshed away, leaving nothing but a grinning Tony Pulis and a sobbing David Moyes in its wake. And while Sky struggle to mask their horrendous disappointment at the blatant lack of last-minute, stupendously-inflated bids being thrown about for foreign-sounding chaps by their favorite clubs, the rich ones, we here at good old Tottenham Hotspur seem a bit divided. Following the lines of debate, it seems roughly half of us view this transfer window as a good one for our grand old club, and the other half view it as an unmitigated failure. 'Where are the Rossis, the Llorentes, the Damiaos?' Springs forth the cry. 'Where are the Jenases, Palacioses, Crouches? Somewhere else, that's where!' roars the returning answer. The closure of the window seems to have vexed our fanbase somewhat, and, for what it's worth, I though I'd throw my humble two cents into the matter. Quite simply, on the whole, and taking into account all the factors involved, I think we've had a rather good window. I've listed the reasons for this small judgement below, and you erudite chaps are quite free to direct abuse as you see fit should the narrative upset you at any point.;)

1)We've not spent much money; 'But that's universally accepted to Be A Bad Thing!' I hear you cry. Not quite, good chaps, not quite. Yes, we haven't spunked out tens of millions of pounds for some world-class name to lighten up the Lane (and indeed, we haven't spent more than seven to eight million pounds throughout the duration of the window, apparently) but look at it this way; we don't need one. There are four reasons for this line of thinking.

Firstly, at the end of last season, it was universally accepted that only the lack of a proper striker had held us back in our quest to finish in the top four. This, we have addressed, bringing in Adebayor, who is possessed of strength, technique, pace and aerial ability; everything, arguably, we need in a striker. Yes, his attitude is questionable at times, but this is the same man who scored thirty goals in a single season for Arsenal, something none of our forwards have ever managed to do. This is the same man who tormented us last season against Madrid, and the same man who has scored ten times in twelve games against us. The goals are in him, and playing in a team where he is assured of being the focal point (thus ensuring his ego is cared for) should coax them out of him again. So what if it's a loan? It's highly unlikely we can afford to fully pay his wages, so signing him permanently was always a non-goer. He will score, that seems certain.

Secondly, the squad we possessed at the end of last season was acknowledged as being one of the best in the Premiership. It still is. In Friedel, we have a reliable GK; in Gomes, an able back-up. In BAE, the league's most consistent left-back-in Rose, a young left-back with pace and potential. In Walker, we have a (hopefully) future England RB, and in Corluka, a RB with knowledge and awareness. In Dawson and Kaboul, we have two talented defenders who, while not world-class, have consistently shone when played alongside experienced heads. In King, due back from injury, and Gallas, we have those heads. Additionally, we have one of our brightest prospects in years, Steven Caulker, out on loan, and, by all accounts, performing well in the colours of Swansea. Had we spent money on a young centre-back, it would have possibly denied him his chance to seize a CB berth when he returns next year. Returning to the squad, in Modric (more on him later) and Sandro, we have two of the league's most dynamic players in defence and attack, respectively, and in Parker we have acquired a snarling midfield dynamo who will provide us with the steel and leadership that we have lacked for so long. In Huddlestone, Livermore and Kranjcar, we have more than able back-up.  On the wings, we have Gareth Bale, who will now have the aerial presence of Adebayor to aim at, and Lennon, who, while frustrating at times, can be deadly on his day. Again, in Iago Falque and in the still-present (amazing, isn't it?) Gio Dos Santos, we have more than adequate cover. In the forward line, the addition of Adebayor means we now boast a forward line of Adebayor, VdV, Defoe and Pav, which, while not ideal (another striker would have been) is still more than talented enough to compete this season. So, overall, we have a very good squad- a mix of youngsters (Rose, Walker, Livermore, Iago) mixed with older heads (Friedel, King, Gallas, Parker) and a lot of very, very good players in between. The addition of promising players returning from loan next year (Caulker, Naughton and co.) will mean we will have exciting young reinforcements for a number of positions that have been tested in the Premier League.

Thirdly, we have at present one of the most exciting youth systems in England. If anyone hadn't yet noticed, the Next Gen series kicked off a few weeks ago. Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw away in Basle on the opening day, but yesterday absolutely annihilated Inter Milan at Orient's Matchroom Stadium, winning 7-1 on the night. A Croatian trialist, Tomislav Gomelt, scored a hat-trick, with our wonder-kid signing Souleymane Coulibaly netting twice and Alex Pritchard scoring two as well. This kind of result only emphasizes what has been becoming gradually clear over the past few years- Spurs' academy is improving at a rapid rate. Under the leadership of Tim Sherwood, Spurs' youth have been involved in some terrific results in recent times, turning over the first-teams of many League Two, and indeed, League One sides in behind closed-doors friendlies and excelling in youth competitions abroad. The likes of Tom Carroll, Harry Kane, Cristian Ceballos and the afore-mentioned Coulibaly are all currently associated with the team-given time, there is no reason why they cannot become regulars in the Spurs squad, as they all seem possessed of great natural ability, and seem determined and hard-working. Therefore, a quick-fix buy might not be necessary, as there is no reason why these lads can't make the step up in a few years' time.

Fourthly, and finally, in Harry Redknapp we have a manager that isn't on very sure footing. Whether it is the England job, the clink or just his own incompetence, Harry's job security has not been at its most stable in these past few months, and the situation is bound to destabilize further as his court-case, Capello's resignation and the aftermath of Euro 2012 draw ever closer. Additionally, the issuing of statements repeatedly contradicting the chairman's firm line on Modric, plus his evident unhappiness at being excluded from transfer dealings and his inability to settle a list of mutually agreeable targets with Levy has clearly shown that their relationship is not at its most harmonious. There is friction there, and it is looking increasingly likely that Harry will be off come the summer of 2012, or sooner, if HMRC intervene. So why should the chairman have spent a load of money buyng players to fit Harry's system when the new manager who arrives after him may possibly want to switch to an entirely different one? No point spending 15 million pounds, for example, on Gary Cahill, only to see him benched when the new man decides he prefers Caulker or his own new signing come 2012. So in my view, not spending too much money doesn't mean Levy's suddenly become enormously tight-fisted (well, beyond his usual tight-fistedness, anyway) but pobably that he's saving the money in order to provide the new manager with a more ample war-chest to bring in the players he wants. Seeing as much of the CL money remains unspent, and the sales of Crouch, Palacios, Hutton, Keane and O'Hara have brought in anything between 25-30 million pounds according to which newspaper you read, I would imagine that a war-chest of around fifty million quid would be available to the new man come summer 2012 (assuming we don't spend anything in January), which is not a bad fund to dip into indeed.

2)Modric remains at the club, as per the chairman's assurances;  This point is vital. Throughout the summer, as his stroppiness and unwillingess to wear the shirt intensified, an increasing number of Spurs supporters, sickened by it all, were demanding that he be sold, as his heart wasn't in it anymore and his presence would only destabilize the club. While both may yet prove to be true, in my eyes, they were missing the point. It was never about Luka Modric. The statement Levy issued two months ago was crystal clear, not only in its meaning, but in its implications. He was not going to sell Luka Modric for any amount of money this summer, not to Chelsea or any other club. Now, in summers past, this would have been seen as merely a price-raising tactic by Levy; after all, Spurs always sell when the price gets high enough. Always. They are a selling club, aren't they? How many of you have heard these words repeated again and again by endless media outlets this summer? The preception of our club was that we were merely a stepping-stone; a perennial feeder club to the big boys. We will never achieve any sort of sustained success with that tag, and Levy knew that. By selling Luka Modric, not only was he confirming his club's status as a perennial selling club, he was reaffirming to the media his lack of nerve, his spinelessness when it came to keeping his star men; so for one season at least, Levy was determined to stop it. Amid all the media cacophony, amid the increasing mutterings of a bewildered Redknapp and the unhappy moaning of a morose Modric, Levy held his ground. Because he also (and this is the crucial point) had to send out a message to the other star players at the club as well; that they were not going to get a move by whinging and moaning, like Berbatov did and like Modric was trying to do. This message had to be hammered across, otherwise we would see the same thing every summer, as Modric's move would be followed by Bale next summer, VdV after that and Coulibaly, in all probability, after that. It had to stop somewhere. So while we have an unhappy player on the pitch, and while his heart may well not be in it, and while he may well spread dissent in the dressing room; on this, Levy has kept his word, and has hammered home a message both to the vulturous clubs and the prima-donna players they will alwas seek to prise from our grasp; you will not get our players easily, and the players themselves will not get a move easily. That is a message we had to send out, and I'm thankful we did.

3)In Parker, we have at last the leadership we so badly need; Last season, we suffered when playing the small teams. We lacked drive, we lacked determination , we lacked ruthlessness. This led to so many of the demoralising defeats and draws that ended our CL hopes. This season, we have suffered playing the big boys' in two games, we have been humiliated. We have looked clueless, hopelesss and careless. We look like we collectively lack a spine, and the team's heads fall when we go even a goal down. The old fighting spirit just isn't there anymore.  That's exactly why I'm happy we've signed Parker. When you look at his abilities, though, he doesn't seem to offer all that much more than, say, Palacios. He's a growling tacker, just like Wilson was. He screens the defence, just like Wilson did. He has a better sense of passing, and he has a more assured long-range shot on him, but otherwise he's Palacios Mk2. But the reason why he is elevated from a mundane defensive everyman into someone who can fundamentally change our squad is this; he is a leader. He has grit, determination ,and a dirive to see his team succeed. We need someone like that. We need someone who can fire a rocket up the likes of Daws' and Defoe's arses when they're not performing, someone who can galvanize our side to give their all in every game, who can lead the team in maintaining focus and discipline when playing the big boys and remain concentrated and determined when playing the small ones. In my eyes, Parker can give us that. So in summation, yes, he's thirty, and yes, he played for a relegated West Ham, but if he can galvanize our side and keep their morale up and their concentration going even when we're struggling, he will be worth every penny of what we paid for him.

4)Deadwood.Out; Crouch, one of our highest earners, gone. Palacios, unneeded, gone. Hutton, useless, gone. O'Hara, unwanted, gone. Keane, past his best, gone. Bentley, one-trick pony, gone (admittedly on loan). Jenas. just. Gone. Whichever way you look at it, we've just cleared out most of our non-performers, earned a very tidy packet, and sliced a huge amount of the wage bill, potentially paving the way for a higher wage cap and increased salaries for our top players, the likes of Bale, VdV et al, which might make it easier to keep them in the long run. So there's definitely some good business that has been concluded there.

So, in my view, those four above are the main reasons why I feel we've had a succesful transfer window. There are plenty of things I've omitted to mention (the possibilty of signing Damiao in January, the possibility that much of the revenue raised during this window will go towards the hopefully imminent NDP, the shutting of Chelsea, Sky and the football world's putrid gobs when it came to Modric) but then me detailing those would mean this article being so long it would continue right off the edge of the screen and onto your keyboards. So i'll just content myself with stopping here, sincerely apologize to anyone I might have bored into a comatose state of oblivion, and end my ramble on this note of cheer;

At least we haven't signed Craig Bellamy.;)

The window's over, the sun is shining, and Wolves away is up next. Let's get the team galvanized, fit and ready and raring to go. There are brighter times ahead, of that I'm positively positive.

Come on You Spurs.

DubaiSpur.




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Date:Thursday September 1 2011

Time: 2:37AM

Your Comments

first!!! lol lol
SomersetYid
Always wanted to do that! Sad i know!!!
SomersetYid
I'm pleased for you mate.
oxfordspur
Great article mate. Have to say it almost makes me feel positive. Problem with windows is that we expect the box office signing and anything less almost seems a let down. The reality is that we have brought stability to our spending, whilst making massive inroads into cutting costs on unwanted players probably at around one million a month. Add to that our keeping theplayers we wanted and making room for the kids,it has to be good. I would have liked Cahill, but would we really be doing sensible business on a player who will be on a free in 10 mths time.
oxfordspur
What!! A new article at this hour. I was not expecting that. Thanks ox :-)
Madaboutspurs
Can't sleep mate..
oxfordspur
Best. Article. Ever.
StoopYid
Finally jenas will be playing football somewere else for at least a year, in my book that makes it a good window for us.
spurfect one
Good post, I agree with most of your points but trimming the suad wont raise our salary cap only a bigger stadium will do that:(....
SomersetYid
Nice read DubaiSpur, I like your positivity! Oh and yeah the funds are needed for the stadium...thats a massive upgrade.
TriXed
I am disappointed, but apart from not doing a "big signing", looking at the squad, man for man we have a better squad than last year. Goal Keeper
Friedel, Gomes, Cudicini
Verdict : Better than last season-Friedel gives competition to other 2. I still believe Gomes HAS to start ahead of Friedel.

Defenders
King,Gallas,Dawson,Kaboul,Bassong,Corluka,Walker,BAE,Rose
Verdict : Walker is a improvement on Hutton. If we can get atleast one of Gallas or King fit, we are good. But, absolutely disappointed not getting a fit center back.

Central/Attacking Midfielders
Sandro, Parker, Hudd, Modric, Livermore, VDV, Pineaar
Verdict : From what I have seen of Livermore, he is a definte upgrade on Jenas. We lost Wilson, who was not in his prime form last year. And we get a another midfielder who is a bit aged but in prime form with a bit of attacking edge than Wilson. We kept Modric, whether its good or bad only time will tell.

Wingers
Bale, Lennon, Kranjcar, Iago Falque, Gio Dos Santos
Verdict : We have kept likes of Bale without CL. Good to start. Lennon has gone off the pace. Now this is where I am expecting some surprises in the squad or atleast say hoping that likes of Falque & Gio would perform and create chances. Falque seems to be a loan with option to buy than what we initially thought.



Strikers
Adebayor, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko, Harry Kane
Verdict : Far better than what we had last season. Yes, its only one change, but it is a change that could make all the difference. Also hoping Kane will take his chances in Europa.

Final Verdict : Disappointed that we didnt add a defender. But there is no denying that we have a far better first XI than last season. The key is the Injuries. If our key players can come out of injuries, we have a good chance. All is not lost. We lots first 2 games,lying in 20th spot but we lost to the 2 best teams in the league in my opinion. Lets regroup and start winning at Wolves. Lets not fight why we didnt buy or who we should have bought.Lets get behind our team and support them. COYS.
sydqcb5
And we didn't get Joe Cole either! Great article DS, thanks for putting a different. Perspective on it.
jvd
Dubai, I´m sure your article is as good as all other you wrote and I promisse I´ll read it later, but at 11pm in Brazil, after a hard working day (but keeping an eye on Vital Spurs all day), I´d like to give all fellow Spurs fans my 2 cents worth of thinking and feeling. After all, though we are all disappointed by the 3rd or 4th (is there anyone keeping track of how many windows we feel this way ??) transfer window we failed to catch that star-striker who can lead us to the promissed land of CL, I´d rather think this one wasn´t that bad. Yes, Levy kept his word and didn´t sell Modric to Chelsea when there were several gamblers saying the opposite. Was this the best move ?? Maybe not in the short term, maybe Modric won´t play like he did 2 seasons ago when he and his team mates were giving their best to grab that coveted 4th spot to CL. In the long term, his move might have sent two messages: to players => don´t sign a 6-year-long contract if you don´´t intent to honour it. To bidders => if you wanna make business, spare us of silly bids...approach talking top dollar or don´t even think bidding. It helps deconstructing the myth that Tottenham is a brainless selling club. By the way, one question, didn´t we grab it with a squad with less quality and talent than our current one possess ?? I´d say "yes" and quickly throw another question in "So, what does prevent us from doing it again?? Just ourselves and the limitations we think we have...nothing else" I´d reply to myself. All key players are here: Niko, Bale, Dawson, King, Lennon, Defoe, Hudd...plus new faces (Sandro, VdV, Adebayor and Parker)...plus the youngsters, eager to make their stand. There´s hope, at least. Positives ?? Plenty of: Crouch, Hutton out forever. Jenas and Bentley, one year out to prove themselves worth of a 2nd chance at WHL. Palacios....well, I must confess I have mixed feelings for him. He came when we were in a desperate need of a steel man and he fought hard. I wish him all the best at Stoke (after Carling Cup tie, I mean). Even so, there´s still a pending question for me: why did we signed so few players ?? We were always told we didn´t need 5 or 6 players to assemble a good squad and we were always told we should sell before signing. OK, granted, but other fellow fans had made the math and selling made much more than was spent signing. We run out of time ?? Crucial bids were turned down by sellers ?? Was a sensible move spend 15MM on Cahill who´s is in his last year under contract to Bolton ?? At the end of the day, the businessman Daniel Levy stuck to his plan. Sold before signed and balanced the books, kept the best player and left a huge question unanswered: what are his plans for Redknapp ?? Is he saving resources to a new manager and keeping a decent backbone for the new gaffer ?? Or did he fell in a last-minute-time-trap he used to set for others ?? Time will tell. Coys !!!
AlexSpur
And sorry for this lenghty post...........
AlexSpur
the key is passion, heart, there is no I in team, we have internationals in all positions. we attactk we defend, we loose we win toghter we loose, you can beat team spirit, COYS, now lets hope harry can install this, if we dont beat wolves all i can say is the tactics are harrys fault or the players could not be bothered, TO DARE IS TO DO
123spurs
Will read the article at lunch here but agree with Syd, disappointed because we didn't improve as much as I thought we would. But putting into perspective, we are better man for man than last season. Just thought with CL football last season and the statement of intent from Levy, was expecting better.
Pride 1882
Best news out of the not-so-pleasing transfer was we didn't sign Joe Cole. If Modric left for £40mil I won't be too sad as we could always spend half of it on decent midfilder and striker. Now we just pla the waitingn game to find out whether Modric will play to his best or pull a berba and play disinterestedly.
MikeStylez
Can,t wait to see what the (negative nannies) have to say. No Jenas, no Crouch, Bently's away who are you going to take all of that frustration out on now lads? Cats and dustbins of Tottenham be afraid, be very afraid! Hey Ox, et al what would actually happen if Modric did underperform, is there anything in his contract or FIFA rules that covers a player having a major dummy spit and how the hell would you prove he was deliberatley underperforming??
underyid
BEST ARTICLE EVER, Thank you Dubaispur!!!!
tengboon
The only deadwood left to ship is Harry Redknapp.
tengboon
fantastic article by DubaiSpur as usual. well written, brighten my spirits. perhaps if we add some discipline and mentality we can challenge. i would like to see players like dos santos and townsend given more chance at right wing, coulibaly and kane more chance at striker. this is building for the future. hopefully by next season the new manager will bring us to the next level.
what_sux
If Modric doesn't perform, we can sell in January for 30 mil even. He won't lose value, everyone will assume it's because he's not happy at Spurs, not because he's lost his incredible ability as a creative playmaker. QUESTION... can we not still make moves outside the window to have Damiao arrive in January?
tengboon
Again.....I like to be a positive troll...so the only way that this disaster window will be less of an atrocity is if Levy has set up 'Arry for certain failure, in order to get rid of him soon enough. 'Arry will now have to show his prowess, which doesn't exist, to manage this team properly. We have great players, including the young ones, but 'Arry will fail to manage them correctly and will fail cause he'll make team look thin and weak.....Surely the he'll get sacked then and someone who can actually manage a team properly with a vision can make this team tick greatly......COYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
dcruzer
I agree with Dubai. Selling out dead woods is finally done. And more importantly, we have made a statement that we are not a selling club, especially to money bags like chelski, who think they can buy whomever they want. Modric might sulk. But if we wants a better deal or better move next window, he better get on with it.
sydqcb5
Hopefully this 'Arry failure happens in at most 3 games.....
dcruzer
WTF!!! Bolton wanted Defoe in exchange for Cahill.....according to Mirror....
dcruzer
Dubai, what can I say that I have not already said in the past about your articles. GOOD ONE !!!!!
Madaboutspurs
Just a couple of points. 1) I really wanted a good CB, as King and Gallas are 'broken- patched up' and Kaboul/Dawson/Bassong are not top grade CB. 2) Also, we will need some luck with injury issues. Not enough depth in a few areas. COYS
Madaboutspurs
Dubai, always appreciate your articles. Don't have the energy to go through it bit by bit. Also too lazy to retype what I just posted on the other thread, so I'll cut and paste. For what it's worth:

Smoke and mirrors. Yes, we offloaded deadwood that should have been offloaded 1,2 or 3 windows ago. Better late than never, but let's not let that distract us from fact. Berbatov/Keane has still not been replaced. Yes, Adebayor is in, but it's a loan. Are Pav Gio and others now Harry's boys? Didn't think so. Needed a CB comfortable on the left. Didn't get it done. Needed a winger with pace and delivery to start pushing Bale and Lennon. Didn't get it done. Friedel is in, but like Gallas, Adebayor, is just a stop-gap. Crouch is gone. Why in heck did he start against City? Pav, if there are 3 strikers, will be 4th choice. He walks for free in 10 months. To recap, Parker in, on what must be, better than Pienaar (thus also Modric) money, for at least 4 if not 5 years, and like Pienaar, is, unmovable. Gallas, Friedel, Adebayor, Pav, will all have to be replaced shortly and there will be no money coming in for them. Modric will probably still want out. How likely is it that he will be worth 30M by January? There have already been rumblings in Bale and Sandro's camps and there is certainly interest. The players now know, don't sign an extension unless it is an amount no other team that would want you could ever pay. VDV is gone for 2 months. Sandro is still out. Modric is not happy. Gallas and King are less and less able to be counted on. Bassong, our only other CB who can play the left side, is not liked by the manager. Gio is still here. The manager has never wanted him and we are now a full 6 windows in and he is still here. And we still have a manager who believes we can't compete with any of the others in the top 6. I guess I'm missing the positives. Of course there is now a likelihood that we'll go back to the more natural 4-4-2 (given our talent) and free kicks/corners/penalties can now be taken by someone who might have practiced them. The only freshening this squad needed was on the touch line. Talent-wise, no doubt still as good as any squad not from Manchester. Coaching staff specializes in not getting relegated (that is until shortly after they leave). A plus B probably equals 7th or 8th, and frankly, that should be unacceptable to any person who is a fan of Spurs (given the talent in the side and the financial resources). Many on here are like the frog in the pot of water slowly being heated so that he doesn't realize he's boiling until it's too late. This is happening folks. You're just all looking at the smoke and mirrors. COYS
peterballb
I'm off to fetch my nightcap and my candle now. Night all. The sun'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun. Oh just checked the forecast. Rain. Nighty night. COYS
peterballb
Love your opinion too Peterballb, as always. The consummate realist, glass-half-empty spar to every glass-half-full scenario. There's no way another team has better informed, more passionate fans than our Spurs.
tengboon
get in there Somerset
paddyspur
Great article, DubaiSpur. I find myself very excited about some of the young talent in the system and what they could accomplish in the coming years. As for your take on Parker - SPOT ON! Signing Parker was much more about his leadership and mentality than anything else. We have a lot of very good players, and hopefully with proper leadership they will take that step back to the CL.
MinnesotaCOYS
Can't say I'm 100% satisfied, but there are good points to the transfer window, and your article covered most of them. Now that the transfer drama is over, I think we should take a look at what we can do about the Coaching staff, and particularly, the medical staff at WHL. I think they are certainly due some scrutiny these days, and that Harry Redknapp article brushed on the subject a bit, but I'm starting to feel concerned that they aren't up to snuff. Does anyone else feel the same way? I remember in 2009, half of the team were suffering from groin strains. What does that tell you? I think they ended up determining that an exercise machine was to blame, but I'd like to think our medical staff would be able to catch those issues before the whole team goes down with injury. I may be blurry about that story, does anyone else remember this? I digress, injuries happen in football, of course, but why is it that our team seems to suffer the most from injuries?
Vinciento
Great article and some very good posts. I still remain deflated after that, not just yesterday but over the course of the past 12 months. Shouldn't be too surprised in this window that would massively improve wthout CL football compared to the window 12 months ago. That said, on reflection, we still have an excellent squad of players with better balance now. The CB's worry me though. No improvement from last season where we were short on fit players and still shipped goals. I am pleased we did not play over the odds for Cahill (15m is a joke) but where were the other options/bids. They will now be aided by a hassler of a player Parker in front of them but it is still lack of concentration and positional sense that caught us out the first two games which will carry on through unless we get King or Gallas back fit. Overall, slight improvement though and think we will be there or there abouts in battle with Le Ar*e and Liverpool. The fight for 4th is still most definitely on! COYS!
Pride 1882
Vinciento, very good point about our medical staff. The ability of Woodgate to play game after game for Stoke now is not lost to us. We definitely have dodgy medical personell and I think the club should take a serious look into it, if they have not already done that. While they are there, our fitness team, conditioning team, physio etc. all need to be scrutinised as well. Football is a 90 minute game at least weekly. Everyone needs to understand that and work towards that. Geez , you'd think that was obvious.
Madaboutspurs
Nice article. Initially felt disappointed though looking at the squad, probably not as bad bar an injury to Adebayor. During the Man U game, the team had been playing very well till they scored and at that point all they needed was leadership. As King is still injured, Parker is probably not a bad buy as he can provide that and bring calm to the team when we are a goal down. Plus the youngsters now finally get a chance to play, which may mean 3rd/4th this season. After all, we have played the best two teams (on paper) this season. Key game is Wolves away. A win and we are back.
kenyanspurs
Infectious article - I feel better already!
Durbanspur
lol Durban, I think you were trying to say therapeutic, if you don't mind me correcting you. @kenyan, agreed, a good result at Wolves is important. Will lift morale all round, here included.
Madaboutspurs
great read Dubai,lot of great points.to the rascal in me but breaking windows is more exciting than the last lot of transfer windows for me.
bazdog
lol.
bazdog
It has not been a bad transfer window, that said a world class CB would have made a huge difference, and ideally shipping out Pav and bringing in a 2nd striker would have turned it from not bad to great.
Cape Town Spurs
So, having seen how the other top teams look, On paper top6 for me in order is - ManUnited, Man city, Chelski, Liverpool,Spurs & Arsenal.
Replacing Fabregas & Nasri with Arteta & Benayoun doesnt make the goons better. Its a panic buy for them. Neverthless, they will be a threat if they get into some winning momentum.
As for as Liverpool, their squad looks better than last year. The only difference between us and them is the confidence level of player, club,fans and more importantly a manager with a winning mentality. If they loose Suarez,which I hope, then we will see the real Liverpool.
Us, we simply need to come out of injuries and get one or 2 wins and get some confidence back in.
Best thing for is, no one expects anything from us this season. Staying under the radar should help us. But we need to get a win under our belt in next game.
sydqcb5
Great article, hit the nail on the head! Couldn't have said it better myself.
tilly145
U telling me after our champ league money and sales of over £20+ we cudnt go that extra couple of mill for cahill,disappointing if u ask me!!!
Sweenspur
I know I should not harp on things (my wife is an expert on that) but Hudd saying he saw someone coming through the back door yesterday was NOT FUNNY!!!!. That shows he has no idea what us fans go through in the transfer windows, especially in the last day. Yes, we do hope for improvements in our squad to enable to do better. Also, yes we hope for someone who looks like an athelete to put on our jersey, instead of someone like him who looks like a truckdriver or a policeman used to chomping on doughnuts . Just bloody insensitive and inconsiderate. Did I mention NOT FUNNY. and yes, we ARE paying your wages Hudd. So get off the couch and get your body into shape.
Madaboutspurs
VINCIENTE, spot on man, I think I wrote something similar one or two threads back. It's interesting to note how fit, and on fire Defoe has been so far, he's been flying, and apparently they had sent him to France for several weeks to work with a trainer there. Another example, look at how Woodgate has thrived for four full matches for Stoke. Maybe we should get said trainer into our camp to revamp the entire regimen for our whole team, because something is most definitely amiss.
tengboon
Modric £40mill, winning the prem £10mill, seeing chavs fans faces as the transfer deadline closes and the failure to sign the player they've be after all summer and their hopes of winning anything, priceless! There's some things abromovich cant buy, for everything else there's levy-card
spursnoob
Good article Dubai. Lets hope Harry does give the young players a fair chance, and not burn out Bale, etc. Adebayor will be scoring goals and Defoe / Pav will benefit by having more space to score chances as well. VDV has to be controlled upon his return, and not allowed to be in charge of everything during games..Lennon will improve, if not then sell in Jan...Gio should be given one last chance, as rotation player in Euro games.

Modric has to now show his resolve, that he is indeed worth £40m, by playing as he did last season. Then maybe Levy will sell him, in Jan. big doubt there. At least his 2 mates are still here, so they should help him get over his disappointment. Sandro and Parker should be DMF / and both / Parker to be support in attack when poss.... Defense, Injuries of Gallas and King has to force Harry to play Bass, Kabul, Daws... Dont't forget, Daws and Bass were the CB in our good defensive run to 4th Spot in 2009 / 2010 season. So they can do it, Just need confidence, and Ledly's advice! Gomes should be given a chance now, as he has seen Friedel ahead of him... So with Daws and Kabul / Bass / BAE (& Rose) Charlie (& Walker), we get back to the good defensive unit / clean sheets, hopefully...COYS
Block D Spurs
Sorry Mad, just saw wrote essentially the same thing already. :/
tengboon
No worries, mate. We are on the same page then
Madaboutspurs
Mad, I think this point of player fitness was mentioned in one of the other articles this week. Harry and coaches / med teams just allow players to have one training programme for all. Where other clubs have indvidual programmes, which show better results and less injuries.
Block D Spurs
The squad is better and with Meireles joining Chelsea that should end the Modric saga for good. Little surprised to see Gio still with us although I think with Ceballos and Falque joining he might hopefully feel a little more settled with a couple more lads who came through the Barca ranks and produce the goods for us at long last. Gutted we sold Crouch he offers us something different..... ;-)
Spurs Allday
We could always play 3-5-2, have Walker-Dawson-BAE at the back with Sandro, Parker or Hud as a DM with lennon + bale on the wings, modric a free role in the middle (providing 'his heads in it' or give that space to Parker, Kranjcar or livermore) and VDV as an attacking mid - which should stop him dropping deap, and play two strikers probably defoe and addy. If needed we can drop one stiker and put Gallas at the back which would provide more cover (mainly against better teams)
spursnoob
If it is true that our club has a one size fits all training regiment, then that is just absolutely farcical. Maybe it's just because we follow our club very closely but our injuries track record has been shocking in the last few years.
Madaboutspurs
good article. very positive. I was quite disappointed not able to get a good signing that promise CL. But indeed, we have trim our team and lose most of our dead weights. Lets hope ade will stay healthy throughout the season. He is the only person who is brought in to trackle the problem we had last season; not able to score....
Singspurs
Considering how much has been spent to 'repair' King, Spurs should have spent the money to clone him. Something has to be done about how they train, its sad that most our players seem to injure themselves while training and be out for months at a time
spursnoob
There’s a few players that need to pull their weight now they have been chosen to represent the 25 man Tottenham this season…Dawson/Kaboul, they come as a pair as together they are ****e, Lennon, ability is there just, we now need him to recapture his former best, Pienaar, I for one rate him, he has been hit by injury hopefully after this one he can show the form he had at Everton, Kranchar, needs to play more but when he does needs to be fitter, Pav, want him to work more for the team and be the dangerous striker people think he is and of course Modric, worth 40m, prove it.
Pride 1882
good article dubai, on the button imo, same as block d, post just above ^, i believe at the moment we aren't capable of attracting the world class players that so many people seem to want brought in, but then again with world class players comes world class egos which can undermine a teams morale and performance, our defence looks ok, until we shipped the first goal both against united & city then they seemed to lack adhesion and coordination but that imo is something that redknapp should be able to sort out from the touchline via a bollocking and at least some sort of animation, i'm a little dissappointed that we failed with one or two other possible transfer targets, particularly diarra, but i'm over the moon we've finally shipped some of the deadwood out and in doing so paved the way for a higher wage cap and also the chance to bring on some of the younger players, modric must now put all this crap behind him clear his head of s hit and prove he's a player worth paying 40mill for, only thing now that worries me is redknapp, has he got it in him to rotate properly with this squad, is his head right with the impending court case not to mention the england job lurking in the background? still lots more questions than answers for me i'm afraid, not expecting too much from the team this season because of this, but am looking forward to seeing some of our bright young things give redknapp some food for thought, but then again can pigs fly?(on redknapps part i mean!).
jabbatheyid
Well, excellent article, some great points, will be very interesting to see what happens between now and January. One quick point, this is the last chance to buy a player at an over-inflated price before financial fair play system comes in, so should we need to we can splurge in january if this crop doesnt perform? Personally, I think as stated, Levy is very much planning ahead for the new manager, whoever that will be, as there is no way Redknapp will be there this time next year. Ater the sale of Arteta to Arsenal, I think the results from here on will dictate whether Moyes has finally had enough, and Levy knows that come 2012 he is giving Harry either a chance to leave for England, or enough rope to hang himself with all the insulting, contradictory soundbites. next summer, Moyes in, smaller budget due to new financial fair play rules, and finally plans in place to rebuild/build new stadium. So happy we didnt get Joe Cole, and got rid of JJ and crouchy.
falmouthyid
DubaiSpur, just for your information Tim Sherwood is a 1st team assistant. I believe that Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe deal with our academy.
kernowboy71
Dubai, excellent article, inspiring and full of logic. The squad has a better balance about it now, gone is the need to play players just to give them a game. We now have genuine competion in all eleven positions. The addition of Parker is just what we needed his never say die attitude steel and bite has long been the missing link for me. Roll on Wolves, our season starts then and I for one wholeheartedly agree with Pride 1882 the fight for 4th (maybe 3rd) is on.
sf1
Sherwood is now managing the NextGen lads I think??
Block D Spurs
Good article - I agree with 99%. Bassong stays don't forget as defensive cover which I would like to have seen upgraded. The best news of the night was seeing Cole in Lille and Bells at Liverpool, I confess I feared they might show up at Spurs Lodge. I reckon Cahill will end up being the right decision. So overall I'm happy. Other good news is Livermore, Walker and Rose will get a chance.
michael.thfc
I don't see how this window could be seen as anything other than a success. we have improved our keeping options (however short term), defence stays the same, which is a shame. Midfield, upgraded and streamlined. Attack, most definitely improved as well. So overall we have got a better squad and although we may have taken a loss on some players (Hutton) we have made a big net gain this window, and now have space to strengthen next window and next summer. It is clear from our acquisitions that Harry is thinking of a change to 4-2-3-1 and we now absolutely have the personnel to do that. So our best line up could be something along the lines of Frieldel (GK), Charlie (RB) Gallas (CB) King (CB) Benny (LB) Parker (DM) Sandro (DM) Bale (LAM) Modric (CAM) VDV (RAM) and Adebayor lone striker. That also leaves Lennon and Defoe as impact subs which lends its self to a change to 442 if needs be. What was also notable is that Gio (not sure if he can still leave abroad) has stayed and perhaps Harry had a change of heart and sees that he could be of use as one of the 3 behind the striker? That would also explain the signing of the kid Falque
RealDanger
to be honest, i'm thrilled we never signed cahill, hes not what we need. I'm disapointed however that we didn't put a 12m bid in for Samba.
01tottenham
Shame we missed out on Cahill; but in this case wenger is right, not worth the money considering he has one year left on his contract - Bolton will lose him in Jan for less than £5mill or free in June. Anyway its really upsetting to see all the chavs crying about missing out on modric, I mean they tapped up the player, the press (thousands of journalists got it wrong-the shame!) and still couldn't get him and now their stuck with a player that cant even get into an average liverpool squad hahahahaha got to love it, has anyone gone onto skysports comments and seen what they have written - its funny how most of their fans are from Nigeria or some other place in Africa; all begging spurs to let him go, so jokes!! Ah well money cant get you everything chelsea, perhaps if you didnt **** round leaking your s**t bids to the press levy might have given him to you - but hell thanks anyway you have just shown every top club we arent a feeder club and upped levy's status some more - enjoy another trophyless season, might try to get AVB autograph asap since he'll only be there one season!!!
spursnoob
Good post spursnoob. Gotta give Levy credit for sticking to his I'm not selling stance. Hopefully, Modric will now be the professional he is supposed to be and play for us like before. As for us fans, let bygones be bygones.........for now.
Madaboutspurs
looks like Gio will be included in our 25 man squad which is exciting.
01tottenham
To be honest, as much as I appreciate the sentiment of the article, I still don't feel like we've done enough - nowhere near in fact. Many people thought that bringing in a decent striker would solve all of our problems. Others, like myself, knew that the problem was slightly deeper than that. Many thought that not only were none of our strikers good enough, but none of them linked up with each other, so in this instance, we've signed Adebayor, a move which I've always supported and was delighted with, but now I look and think "who's going to compliment him?" Maybe van der Vaart (when fit) will change his style and start linking up with a smarter front man. Maybe he thought before that the only chance of the team scoring was through him, therefore he tried too hard and starting looking desperate and s**t in the process. I guess his first game with Adebayor will tell us all we need to know.

Two problems here are maybe that theory is wrong and VDV just isn't that good, plus the fact I mentioned he's currently injured, which is not uncommon, so who replaces him? I like to think now that Kranjcar has been tried and tested in the heart of midfield, maybe Redknapp will try him further up the pitch, in what I'd call his most suitable looking position. For me he has all the attributes and playing style of one, Dimitar Berbatov. Whether he will be given a chance there in VDV's absence remains to be seen, but I don't see why not, which leads us to our next problem, if not Kranjcar, who?

It could be argued that Jermain Defoe has never linked up with anyone in his career. The closest he's come is within the archaic 'big man/ little man' approach with Peter Crouch, but all in all he is what he is - a relatively okay goal poacher without many strings to his bow. Pavlyuchenko meanwhile, he occasionally looks like he could become a hero at the Lane with decent touches, dummies and a venomous shot inside the box. More often than not though he shows no understanding of teamwork, no vision or awareness of others around him and his contribution consists of making 3 yards for himself then rifling a shot 20 yards over the bar from 40 yards with his weaker foot.

I am glad of the outgoings, don't get me wrong and 22 senior players or whatever we've got, that's the number I eventually wanted us to get down to. Instead of some extremely mediocre performances from Bentley and Jenas, I'd much prefer to see Townsend and Livermore, said that all along and I'm glad that it seems to be the case now. No Crouch in the side, not once, not ever again, means that we'll be playing more attractive football and more importantly we'll be playing more patient football. No more will we see a lazy Alan Hutton lofted cross into the box, leaving Crouch no option but to nod it down in a crowded box. Crouch leaving is the best news of this window for me, because we're 1m% likelier to play better football, on the deck, pass and move. There are positives to this window, but for me there are too many negatives to be ignored. This was our window to make a mark, to stamp our authority, to say to Man City that while we can't compete financially, we can make clever, well scouted signings and create our own superstars. For me we didn't do enough.
bernio3000
Best article ever. Totally agree. I also believe we're in for a blinder this season. (someone wrap Ade in cotton wool tho!!)
jesusthedevil
The question is, who might Levy have in mind instead of Harry? Will he go overseas and reinstigate the DoF model? Will he go for a veteran British manager like Martin O'Neill? Will he look at a talented Premiership manager like Moyes, Coyle, Rodgers or Lambert and bite the bullet on compensation? Or we he go after a manager in the lower league who is builing an impressive reputation like Gus Poyet, Eddie Howe or Nigel Adkins. Someone currently under the radar but very impressive is Adkins - you may recall him from his Scunthorpe days when they played Chelsea and their fans chanted 'you've got Mourinho, we've got our physio - as he was temporarily in charge. Well he actually has an increasingly impressive record. Unusual to be a goalkeeper who went into management, he started off in the League of Wales winning two titles. He then gets a degree in physiotherapy before off to the Irons. They twice won promotion, including their first title in 40years and though they were relegated in their first season in the Championship, he got them straight back up and again and was able to keep them there. Out of 199games, he won 83 and lost 72. He then goes to Southampton, and WOW - a win ratio of almost 70% with 36 victories in 52 games. Interestingly it was Poyet's win for Brighton at Southampton which brought the change. Under their guidance, Southampton have broken their record for clean sheets in a season, his third promotion in 4 years of management, broke a 12 year hoodoo of Southampton not winning the first game of the season and has them sat at 2nd in the table ahead of big spending (comparatively) teams. As Moyes, Coyle, McCarthy, Lambert and Rodgers all cut their managerial teeth in the lower leagues, maybe we ought not to immediately reject these Championship managers as Harry's replacement?
kernowboy71
BlockD, I've just looked on THFC website. Clive Allen manages the reserves, Alex Inglethorpe our academy. Sherwood is involved in our first team squad as an assistant. He doesn't deal with the NextGen until they reach the first team
kernowboy71
kernowboy71, If our new stadium is in the horizon, then I see him go for David Moyes, who would be ideal to manage the funds and punch above the weight. But my bet will be on Klinsmann.
sydqcb5
Do you really think taking a gamble on a championship manager is what Tottenham should be doing? I reckon Harry is staying (whether that is good or bad is up for debate) but if he was to be replaced, I reckon Levy would go for Ancelotti
RealDanger
bernio3000, If not Krancjar then im sure Gio can step up to it. Maybe now hes settled down at spurs and is ready to make a big name of himself. Ade and Gio sound very good to me.
01tottenham
Kernowboy71. Tim Sherwood is running the nextgen team rigght now. Or he was yesterday and in the game against Basle
RealDanger
This window was the clearest possible demosntration that Harry's days at Spurs are numbered. Levy and ENIC refused to spend money on Harry's picks because he will not be at Spurs by the end of this season or maybe even sooner. I just hope that we haven't damaged the club by being so conversative in this window. It will be a real struggle to get European football for next season (not just CL but also Europa League) as the PL is super-competitive this season. If we miss out on European football for the 2012-13 season it will be difficult to attract a world class manager and keep / attract world class players to the club next summer. I hope this doesn't happen.
SpuriousLife
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01tottenham
Maybe we should sack Harry and appoint Kernowboy71 - he seems to know the game inside out.
RealDanger
Sorry. 'Conservative'. Too early in the morning!
SpuriousLife
"Bolton boss Owen Coyle responded to Tottenham interest in defender Gary Cahill by asking for Spurs striker Jermain Defoe in exchange". I would have gone with that myself, Defoe is a primadonna that can only hit the ball harder than anyone else, he has no composure or technique when shooting, something a forward should have..IMO. A good article though, we will now see how good Arry is a man management as he has a job to do with Modric..
yiddyboy
Bernio Agree with you mate, we didn't go quite far enough. We really needed a comanding centre back and I feel we are light up front. Lets hope Ade stays fit or we are in deep *****. Please with the Parker signing. Wilson was never the same after his family problems, might just have been coincidence but thats my thoughts.
bish-10
We now have to get King of the treatment table and playing,I feel Defoe will be given till atleast the January window to prove his worth or it is goodbye to him!!
WestStandEnclosure
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bish-10
Wow, has anyone been to bed yet? Must admit, great day made possible by the splendid and constant postings on this site. Are there any clubs with as passionate following as we have? COYS
gingietottenham
A good window no gimmicks so a holding operation, with some upside. Palacios only a miss, JJ away good. Now is the time to give Livermore and other young players a run.
camper
I am intrigued why we didnt sell Gio. What it means is, Levy still values him highly. Gio had a pretty good second half season 5 goals,3 assists from 15 games. But everything comes down to whether Harry starts him. I hope this is his breakout season.
Both VDV & Lennon are injured now and no date set yet for their return. A perfect time for him to get into the first XI.
sydqcb5
Great article DS, but EVERYONE, please remember where we were just over 2 seasons ago. As I left Albion for pastures new in the October, we were BOTTOM of the league, no change there then. But at that time we were 2 points adrift with the gooners and l’pool next 2 games. If we had lost just one I am convinced we would have been relegated. But the impossible happened, a magician arrived and after those 2 wonderful games we started to believe (we scored 9 against woolwich arsenal in just 2 games!). Don’t stop now. Dubai Spur I agree with all you say except you have to acknowledge that next to SAF we have the best BRITISH manager in the PL. The signing of Scott Parker and Adebayor, is just what we need. Don’t knock Harry, hes the one who made it all happen. Cry God for HARRY, Tottenham and Scott Parker. Now watch us fly. COYS. P.S please take the No 5 shirt Mr Parker and make it famous again, I think Dave MacKay wore it.
hotspur58
Sadly i feel this Modric saga will drag on, Chelsea got a panic buy and no doubt if he performs poorly chelsea will go back to Modric in Jan. Still I hope Modric mans-up realises he is a spurs player for now and goes back to his best (at least parker can fill the gap now and control the midfield so with do have another option). A bit foward thinking; those players that stayed like defoe, lennon etc must improve greatly or we need to get rid of them in Jan, shame we didnt get adam johnson would have been cheap and providing competion on the flanks because lets face it lennon and bale are a bit like marmite they either perform or they dont there's no inbetween.
spursnoob
A very good read Dubai, having had a opening to the season, that has taken the wind well and truly out of our sails, the next time we play Man City is Jan 21 and Man Utd on March 03 2012, @ present on the fixture list. Our season starts again with Wolves away after the break for Internationals, No game in the premier league is easy anymore, the but is, to steady the ship and maybe these dealings in and out will prove to be correct? We may see Pav not settled playing 4th fiddle, who most likely, IMO will be moved on in January for around 10m, we also know the state of fixtures in Brazil as we did with Sandro, before him joined. So what's to say Leandro (still possible) joins in January, knowing Levy he may have that in the pipeline? The reason Crouch was allowed to go @ a very good price for us, we paid 9m and got 10m back very good business. Let's see how the months of Sept/Oct/Nov and Dec unfold, remember our long ball outlet is always possible, a letter into Mr D Levy @ N17 for the cost of a stamp, but constructive letters, not rants. We can all do that on here. To finish over the last few days and yesterday the banter has been champions league class, not knowing our real names or location, takes nothing away from the feelings and very strong ones we all have for our club, it's a pleasure to read your post's. Thank you for all being part of TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC. COYS........................
spu 4 life
You have to give levy credit stuck to his guns and refused every bid even with fans caving into pressure (a churchillian figure more or less), ontop of this we actually made a profit; Yes a PROFIT!!!! on Peter Crouch, while also moving several more players out as well. In the end we made up for the loss of not getting champions league football but reducing the wage bill ensuring we continue to make a profit this season at least - well on the way towards getting a new stadium (the government will like the project a lot more with a financially stable club regenerating the area around WHL, all we need to do now is build wider roads to accomodate the 20,000 more fans coming every home game)
spursnoob
kernowboy71, maybe the spurs web site has not been updated? As in latest news stories over the last month, sherwood is def. involved with the nextgen. Anyway, whatever, lets hope the boys win it...
Block D Spurs
I do not think anything but how gutless the club is now. On and off the field. All we have heard since the window opened is we need to shift the deadwood, before we can bring new players in. Well we done one part. I'm over the moon that Crouch, Wilson, Bentley, JJ and Hutton have gone, also with the unrest about Modric saga even if he was not unsettled, if a £40 million bid came in, I would have accepted it. But then that money would just have lined the owners pockets. I think they have given up on the club now. Time to take back. If we really wanted players in, then they would have made it happen. I do see that January will be different as I can still see us near the foot of the table and having to spend to get us out of trouble. I think that there may have been technical problems with the phones yesterday and the chairman could only take incoming calls. Can we please stop the In levy we trust calls now. I think after another unproductive window he and the club have shown the true colours. I would not be surprised to see Modric come back from international duty and change his name to symbol, like Prince did when he thought Sony was holding him slave. Well with all the money made from sales and money saved from wages by getting players off the bill and with the money from last years champions league football still burning a hole in the owners pockets, I hear Levy has already booked a longer holiday for next summer and will now be away from June till September. May as well had it this year with all he has done in this window. £5 million spent is a joke. When we needed a lift we get screwed. I feel that this will be the last year I keep giving my hard earned cash to these owners and the season ticket will not be renewed next year. That is how I feel about the club right now. Plus could be playing championship football by then, if the first two games are anything to go by. End rant.
nothappyharry
Shell shocked i really did expect alot more from Levy. Why we never went after Samba is baffling to me after all we really are missing a class centre back that is not injury prone. I agree Parker will give us some steel and leadership in midfield but we also need that in defence. The title given by Sky Sports TRANSFER COUNTDOWN DAY should have read the Tottenham Hotspurs Clear out sale !!! Dont get me wrong i am glad we got shot of that lot but i did expect some class coming in very disappointing. I can only make sence of this by suggesting as mentioned in the article which is first class Levy is playing his cards and cash close to his chest as he knows Rednapp will be off in the near future. Possibly wants to give it to Mourinho when he takes over next season !! MY Kaka prediction made Sky Sports news and gave us something to get excited about for a few minutes anyway i even believed it myself lol. Anyway done and dusted now as you suggested Dabaispur we have a good squad and i tend to agree just a shame we never signed a Defender.
Holsten7
Good article. While I can see the argument for Parker's leadership qualities the problem is he is 31 years old so will never be more than a short term fix. We still need a solution to the striker problem but Adebeyor has at least bought us time. It would be good to see a few more players coming through the youth system, hope it hapens. Agree about Modric, Levy had to send a message, if only to the rest of the squad. I never saw O'Hara as deadwood, losing him was bad management in my book and I hope Livermore doesn't go the same way. As I see it we've found some good short term solutions but still need to think about what we do in the longer term.
jod
hotspur58 Dave Mackay wore No 6, Mike England (wales) centre half wore No 5, before him Maurice Norman, good post as well hotspur58............
spu 4 life
I cannot understand why spurs didnt copy the Manchester teams and conclude their transfer dealings before the start of the season, it leaves risk and uncertainty doing buisness right at the very end - hence why we've started so badly. As much as we can praise levy he didnt go to the newspapers and say that even an offer of £50m wouldnt get modric - then what can Chelsea do??? As King said the whole saga had a poor effect on team morale, another reason why the deadline should conclude before the start of the new season
spursnoob
It's great business from Levy in getting rid of our deadwood but we let a quality forward slip through our fingers & for a little over 10 million to Fulham. When he scores 20 plus goals for them, we'll be sorry we did'nt sign him.
Amroth
When does the 25 man squad get named by? I think it'll be great to have Gio included. We have become so predicable doing the same old week in week out it's no wonder we can't beat anyone. Lennon will fly down the right then run over the line... Bale will fly down the left and whip in a cross to the striker that isn't there... Defoe if not off-side will blast the ball into row H, (though I must say I thought he looked quite sharp when we spanked at home by the United Arab Emirates national team)...
Cape Town Spurs
The thing that gets me gents is we have sold two strikers and got one in on loan... What happens at the end of this season?? We will be left with Defoe and Pav!!! That doesn't fill me with excitement, OR have we agreed a deal with international regarding Leandro that he will come in january??? I feckin hope so as i had to listen to all my Scum mates and scouse ones bragging about the transfer window!! MAnaged to shoot down most of the scum ones but had to injure the scouse ones!!!
woodyn17
Can I assume you guys are more excited about Crouch and Jenas leaving than Adebayor and Parker joining? :P Shame you didn't get Cahill though, he would've slotted right in.
TheFamousNo7
I’m quite happy with the deal we have done, yes maybe a signing or two would have been nice but like you say when we get a new man in charge it is a lot better if he has money to spend, rather then a squad of players he doesn’t want
Matspur
Another perspective on Cahill miss. Thinking about, I feel Cahill was never interested in us. We cannot afford huges wages, we cannot give him CL this season. He has just 1 year left in his contract. He could very well play in Bolton for the year and would be mostly like be on a free transfer or on transfer list in jan. He could very well wait for a CL club. So, why would he ever come to us, in first place ?.
sydqcb5
TheFamousNo7, I am excited about Parker and Adebayor joining and relieved that 2MP and JJ have left the building.
Madaboutspurs
Hmmmmmm. I am not so sure. However, I think the winners from this transfer season are definitely our ‘younger players’. I wonder if they watch the deadline with fingers crossed hoping that we do not sign anyone. I actually hope they do, as there now is a massive opportunity for a few of them, to realize their dreams and push on a make a name for themselves. Levy has got some massive ‘Chinese’ balls! No disrespect to the Chinese community, but from a gambling standpoint, no other race can match the Chinese when it comes to such matters. If the rumors are true, to turn down a 40 million offer for Modric, is IMO a big gamble. Fair play to him, we shall see what comes of it. Parker, no surprise really, won’t set the world alight, but don’t think he will let us down either. Adebayor is my concern. Not his ability or personality, but his fitness. A genuine thoroughbred needs to be correctly trained and managed. Will we run him into the ground or are we smart enough to use him wisely. Again, we shall see what Harry has learnt during his 40-year reign in management. My only regret is that we didn’t take a chance on Ruiz. This was a gamble worth taking and at a very good price. Something a bit different and a potential game changer. Great in the air and with an obvious desire to play for Spurs. All I know, is that he will going straight into my fantasy football team, along with Harrys other rejects, Suarez and Dzejko. The classic saying really about this transfer window ‘ Only time will tell’. COYS
thenuge
Ok Spu 4 life. I knew I'd get found out! But YOU get my point. Arry as done a great job for us. Now doubt he will be off to bring the World Cup back for US some time soon (ITS comming home I just know it after 45 years of dreaming). And good luck to him. In the mean time, (Modric or no) He IS our man and has the passion to get us a top 4 berth before Morhinio takes us into a long awaited exstacy. Ok, we have been beaten but the top 2 teams in the EPL currently, but just look at our new squad. I wanted Tevez, but that apart we are quality. The year may not end in a 1 but we will win something silver THIS season before the magician hands over his magic wand, I can smell it. COYS. btw maybe Beckham will take the five shirt. But that no 8 slot is dodgy, look what happened to poor old Gazza. We needed a new No4 (like Mr Roberts) and Scotty Parker is that man, but Younes K is more than capable there, don't you think?
hotspur58
Jesus that SS deadline day was poor viewing. They need to sack those moron presenters. Simon Thom...bumb..ass, christ i wanted to shoot him. What a di.ck. And Georgie whatever...the chick that was sat next to him....she was fit... but such an idiot. Does she even know anyting about football? Poor poor viewing. The only highlight for me was when one presenter asked the Stoke fans what they thought of the Palasios signing...they were mostley youngsters but there was a big cheer of approval...but then there was one older bloke smoking a fag who just shook his head looking discusted at the camera. That made laugh alot.... but only because i had sat there listening to their crap for such a long time... On topic - In January we can sign more now becasue we managed to shift a fair few players. Thats the main positive here. We can send out the current squad knowing that there is space to bring in more if/when needed. Bonus. ..and I really didnt expect Crouchy to go ahead of Pav. Overall - I wanted early business like everyone else but am happy we got 2 new faces in. They fit the bill for what we need right now. No point me saying we shoulda coulda... its time for the season to kick in. COYS.
SpursOne2
Imagine spurs as your own "car lot" . you've got someone in charge who you don't trust , your stock is full of old bangers and you need new stock . What would you be happy with ??????? I for ! am quite happy the "cavaliers" have departed and although no ferraris have arrived , neither have any "maxi's , Mini's or Princesses !" As with Spurs there is always something else in the wings so if it is Twitcher leaving then at least we will not be left with a load of rust buckets !!!! COYS
royzee
Madaboutspurs cheers for the reply, I just assumed for the amount of stick you guys give Crouch and Jenas you'd be relieved to see the back of them. No more rubbing of the face and giving a thumbs up to the bench when Crouch misses a sitter, well... not for you guys anyway :D Adebayor and Parker are 2 brilliant pieces of business.
TheFamousNo7
Arrggghh. Why do people keep thinking that cutting the wage bill allows for a higher wage cap? The wage cap always has been and always will be relative to the revenue that you are going to receive for the duration of that contract. Our revenue is likely to remain consistent for the next few years - until a stadium is ready - so the cap stays the same. May I also remind everyone that we are still in a recession? Most people's wages have remained constant during this time, so why should our cap go up? Only teams like City, United and Chelsea have effectively no cap, because their revenue and/or owner's investment vastly out-strips ours. The wage bill being cut means that we can do early deals next time, and do not need to make room before we buy. Any how, Wilson & Hutton were on a fair whack, and not earning it, so that drain on resources has been eased. I personally thought Crouch should stay, but 10m for a 30-31 year old that we paid 10m for and got 2 seasons out of? That is outrageous business!! However, our game plan against Stoke is b-u-g-g-e-r-e-d...Crouch always played against them. Plus Bentley out of the way. Overall a good window. Let's get our season started.
TonyRich
I think so too, No 7. Finished work for the day. Off home now . :-)
Madaboutspurs
At least we havent had a world class wedgy like Everton.... I feel sorry for david moyes such a good manager couped up in that club no money... i wonder if he dreams of managing spurs when harry takes over at England.. :) If Levy is so sure that harry has one more year.... Please levy start wineing and dining some of the worlds best managers now.... Soften them up, Send them a christmas card, Get derren brown to visit them and subconciously make them think spurs is the way forward in there career's.... I would be happy to see moyes next year as manager you just no it would follow by the big money signing of tim cahill lol.... :s
ChrisShelley
A well written article Dubai. You must be in Consultancy, pitching for contracts to clients. In fact, Levy should hire you as his PR man. You present a very attractive picture which could come to be, but like all future scenarios it has to have a risk assessment before it can be accepted. The biggest risk to me is the here and now. What if Parker gets injured in the England games (he spent a large chunk of the end of last season injured), what if Adebayor gets injured in the first game (it is Wolves after all), what if Gallas isn't available for months (forget King, he is only ever going to play a couple of cameos a season with his injuries), what if VDV recovers quickly and screws everything up again, what if Lennon is out for a couple of months as wiyh his last groin problem, what if Modric decides to go through the motions rather than try to play to win, what if Harry decides bugger this the only chance of winning anything is the Europa League so I'll concentrate on that and League form continues to slump, what if the replacement manager after Levy sacks him is faced with the same problems and no relief in sight until next Summer? And probably a long list of other stress test questions to your theory. The EPL is only partly about tomorrows but mostly about today. We've had 10 year of tomorrows under Levy and he isn't even Spanish. This window, we should at least have added quality CB (not necessarily Cahill who deosn't look much better than Dawson) and another striker with pace, not necessarily a superstar (maybe we will see Couliyabi? but I doubt it) at least as contingency in both key areas. I agree that it would be nice to see the youngsters stepping up to the plate but given their lack of exposure to the EPL so far this needs to be in an off-the-bench 20 minute mode not putting them in a position of total responsibility. Your predictions may all come true, but right now I'm more of the PeterB opinion. We will soon see.COYS.
Harry-Kari
Looking at the Stoke side, I got to say, it is one tough team to get points. Everton is the biggest loser though.
sydqcb5
At least after reading this post I do feel a bit more positive about the season ahead, lets just hope Modric does get his head down and work hard for the team again.
dobbzy
Harry-Kari, what if the new CB we would have bought also got injured ?. Levy cannot run a football club if it is based on 'If'. Of the players you talked of injuries, I would be happy if Lennon is given some injuries and we give a clean run of games to Gio Dos Santos and asses him.
sydqcb5
Hey Harry-Kari, I take your points but why be so negative. We could have spend a tenner and just boarded up the goal with a nice bit of pine or even just parked the team bus in front of the posts. Look at the positive's. we are bottom the league. the only way is up. I hope! my mates a Wolves fan he's *****ting himself!
hotspur58
In effect Daniel Levy bless him, has on behalf of THFC handed in our resignation as a contender for European football this season, and in the future. His activity, or to be more accurate, lack of it, has sent the definate message to the rest, that we are no longer contenders. We have seen Stoke, QPR, and Sunderland together with our former rivals Liverpool, and Arsenal, display a determination to improve, In Liverpool and Arsenal's case to maintain a European challenge, in Stoke, and Sunderland's case, to overhaul the likes of us and Everton who have resigned, and in QPR's case to consolidate in the PL, and then to continue to improve and then mount their challenge. On the other hand we, having won 4 of our last 19 PL games played, watch it all going on from the sidelines. If Levy was either encouraged or sattisfied with our first two performances then he is deluded. A good barometer as to where we are, will be our forthcoming CC game v Stoke. Incidently I don't think on the last count that Stoke or Sunderland have 60,000 seater stadia, or, given the comparative ticket prices (a recent survey credited us with the dearest in the PL), revenue streams to rival ours, so what is the next excuse we will decide to dredge up, as an explanation. Having said all of that we made app £26M in profit from fees, and got some £300,000/Wk of the wages bill, but still couldn't or more accurately wouldn't afford a decent CB who was there for the taking, and Lassana Diarra, a proper MF player.
Frank
"my mates a Wolves fan he's *****ting himself!"

He shouldnt be, we've only beaten them once in our last 4 attempts, if anything, we're the ones who should be doing the *****ting!
Guyver
Levy tick list. 1) Squad too big so need to shift a fair few players off the books. Tick. 2) Sign a Striker. Tick. 3) Sign a Midfielder. Tick. 4) Sign a defender. Cross. 3 out of 4 aint too bad. I agree Frank we coulda shoulda done better....but we havnt handed in any resignation what so ever. That my friend is you thinking the worst of the situation. Dont write us off. COYS.
SpursOne2
The 'what ifs' are utterly pointless. You can't run a club on 'what if;. And peterballb - Harry has never said he can't compete with any club inside the top 6. That's just twisting the facts to suit your own melancholic agenda. We won't come 7th or 8th. Again, that's your grey-tinted glasses. You should take them off from time to time. It's not realism, it's pessimism. We should've got another CB in and we tried. We're not in CL so we were never going to get superstars. We're a better squad now than we were in May and we got rid of the deadwood. Which was priority number 1. This has been a successful window. No doubt. Setting us up for January. If we're in touch with the top 4 in Jan we're in for a hell of a last half of season. I'm positive.
YiDan
Frank - Arsenal maintaining a challenge? Fabregas and Nasri out, Arteta in? Come on. They signed Park who did so well at Monaco last season that they got relegated....mind you, you could say that about Scott Parker! They bought Mertesacker, but if you think that signing a defender will solve their problems, don't forget that they signed Vermaelan, Koscielny and Squillachi in the previous 2 years - and that did not exactly solve their defensive problems.
TonyRich
Great posting Dubai! It is very refreshing to read opinions based on well thought out logic, expertly verbalised, rather than the playground stuff we so often read on here. The 'neg heads' in here should be ashamed of themselves, as none of them are able to support their views in the logical manner this posting demonstrates. It's interesting though that many more posters today have tried to support their own views with logic rather than rant. Well done Dubai! My own 2p is firstly about our training and medical regime, which does seem to produce rather more injuries than is acceptable (or does it just seem that way?), and secondly about our scouting team. Are either good enough to help us compete in the future? Finally, my view is that immediate success is often given far too much importance by many of us. Who really cares about who won what last season (apart only from CL places)? Football is always about looking forward - "who will win the trophies this season?" In my view it is far more important to have a club which is financially sound, and able to build a long term successful business (which is what football is whether we like it or not). I'd far rather have DL in charge than the people at West Ham - or Newcastle. Trust Danny Boy as he knows what he is doing!
Flycatcher
For anyone who has not, then you must listen to this interview and if like me try not to scream blue murder at your speakers !! copy and paste http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/14745739.stm
spu 4 life
lol well we have outed most of the deadwood..............the only trouble is we never bought what we need a CB!! I feel if its true £40m for the croat Ratboy was an offer too good to refuse!! When considering Arteta was there to be bought. Do feel a bit flat after not getting Cahil, would have turned a good transfer window into a great one for us. COYS
WestStandEnclosure
Guyver, are you serious. Apart from O'Hara (who I rated) Who have they got, are they playing European football this season, will THEY finish in the top 4 or bottom 3. Spurs on the other hand may have not done well against them recently but they were freak games where we lost concentration. We HAVE strengthened OUR squad. Who do you REALLY think will have a better season. Have faith my friend WE are on the verge of a new dawn, I don't think Wolverhampton Wanderers are ready for Europe just jet.
hotspur58
hotspur58 - all cool, every little helps...... The Crouch interview, lack of football at spurs, was the reason for the move, PRETTY MUCH ON THE SAME LINES CROUCHIE, LACK OF FOOTBALL WHEN YOU PLAYED MORE LIKE IT, sorry for the caps...
spu 4 life
Flycatcher - as for injuries, it is a consequence of having so many international players. Sandro was injured on the field playing for Brazil. Modric was last seen playing & training for Croatia before his injury. Pienaar was on duty with South Africa when he got injured. King is King. Gallas is Gallas. Hudd never properly recovered from last season's injury. What can we do? I think it is bad luck more than anything.
TonyRich
Aaah Dubai u are spot on. I too I'm very happy with the window. I think it's such a relief we don't have to see crouchinio, Jenarse again! Imagine how our world has changed just because we don't have them 2!!! As for Parker who IMO is a major upgrade on Willy P ( best of luck to you willy and many thanks for your service! U are a true footballer and a gentleman) he has creativity and vision and more importantly can hold the ball in MF. I cannot wait to see him next to Modric. Oh yes Modric I wonder how he is going to turn out this season??? Will we hear the booooos? Will we hear an apology? Lol I don't care anymore it's up to him ain't it!!! COYS!
Mix26
Shame he never played as a forward !! he mentioned it enough times in the interview, ''challenge and forward'' two things he lacked in a spurs shirt, his got a good memory though, his last goal was for spurs against stoke, did he swap shirts with (Sir) Stanley Matthews on that day?
spu 4 life
freak games hotspur58?? really? I think you need to look at our record vs the bottom 6 sides over the last 2 seasons, I think you'll be surprised by what you find.
Guyver
Harry-Kari and Frank. You're both 100% spot on. With everyone focusing on tomorrow we forget to deal with today. By the time we're ready to make managerial and playing staff changes what will be able to offer them? A stab at the Premier League title? No. Champions League football? No. Europa League? Probably not. Why the hell will anyone want to come to Spurs?
SpuriousLife
I forgot to add that we can't even tempt them with big wages. We're behaving like a mid-table club and that is what we will become.
SpuriousLife
Guyver, good point. McCarthy might be duller than dishwater, but on limited sources he has assembled a tough team. They say the league table doesn't lie .... McCarthy seems to learn from his mistakes. He's got a decent striker who at least scores in the Premiership, a decent winger, solidness in midfield, a tough to break down defence and a good young international keeper. Compared to us, we part more easily than Moses parted the Red Sea, a side full of primadonnas looking to spit the dummy in all directions. And the best British manager, Hotspur58? Are you delusional? At the moment I can count at least 4 British managers in the Premiership who are outperforming the far more expensively Spurs side, but teflon Harry makes sure due to his self promotion that no blame ever sticks to him
kernowboy71
TonyRich, you raise a good point re injuries, the physios role is more important than people think. You cant just chuck players back on the park after an injury. Half the reason Woolwich arsenal did so well for so long was because Gary Lewin their physio knew his job (he is a chartered physio). he was there for years and I did a couple of courses with him. When HE left to do the England job full time the gooners tumbled. Also we do suffer when our players go on international duty, espacially our England caps. Daws, JD, and Crouchie have all been sidelined when playing for the 3 Lions. Arry must be concerned every International break, I currently have my fingers crossed. It need sseriously looking at
hotspur58
HUTTON;JENAS;CROUCH;BENTLEY;PALACIOS;KEANE;O'HARA all moved on, since the end of last season, (Woody on a free) Finally. That in my book is a good window, lets hope Jenas becomes a done deal at the end of it, along with Bentley. We still have Gio though, can a player still be loaned out, even after the window is closed or perhaps Arry has other plans for him?
spu 4 life
I have not yet read any of the reply posts. However I have to say that this is the most succinct, articulate, accurate (in my opinion) post that I have ever read on VS. Well done Dubai. Brilliant.
maccaspur
@ spu 4 life - Funny stuff, like he didn't get a chance at Spurs! Some one mentioned above, that at least we'll play some football on the ground now with Crouch no longer around, could not agree more, it will force us to play football. Just to cause a stir in the ranks though, I predict that we'll have an article soon on the Friedel v Gomes scenario. I am still not 100% convinced yet (in fact I'm 50/50) that Friedel is our no. 1.
thenuge
thenuge - I'm with you about Friedel. We've got three second choice keepers at Spurs at the moment. It's like watching 3 shy virgins trying to be the last to be dragged away and deflowered. They all want to let the others go first. Not a very sensible position for a club wanting to move forward and develop.
SpuriousLife
Good article of course but and yes there are some positives in the transfer window .....but I still can't help but be dissapointed! I really do not think Livermore is good enough to step up when needed in the perm and we might not have a choice but to do so if we get injuries! And as much I would love to see him get a chance GDS can you honestly see him being featured at all??? Harry hates him for some reason and would rather play Joe Jordon on the wing than him! Dawson and Kaboul proved how good they were against anyone decent last week so it was obvious we needed a top centre half, I realise this wasn't without trying i.e Cahill. Hope I'm proved wrong but I am slightly concerned, not that we will struggle badly but that the dream of seeing us in CL again has faded away!
gazzalegend
SpuriousLife - dude, if you look at the last 15 years, WE ARE A MID_TABLE TEAM. What do you mean become? Thankfully under Levy and Harry, we have become a top-six team in the last 6 years. Do want to be like Sunderland? Spend more money than you can afford, and each year be threatened by relegation? Big wages? Can I remind you that we tempted Bentley & Hutton & Keane with big wages? That is the flip side. You should only spend as much as you are prepared to potentially waste. Hence 70k max.
TonyRich
Well said by the author, I agree totally. With the addition of Adebayor (with a point to prove and a contract to earn), Parker and a more streamlined squad, Harry has the tools available now to prove once and for all that he has the ability to use the squad wisely and keep the players motivated to challenege for a top 4 place. If he can't do that then he will have shown that he is not the man to take Spurs forward, regardless of what media spin he wants to put on it!! I believe with Chelsea not signing Modric that 3rd and 4th are up for grabs this year and it's between 4 teams, we must now shown that we are better than Wenger/Arsenal, AVB/Chelsea and Dalglish/Liverpool......Over to you Harry! As a club/team going forward there are still issues to be addressed, but this window has bought us some time.......Over to you Levy!!
Paul - THFC Forever
Reasonable points TonyRich.
SpuriousLife
actually I am quite pleased. Firstly we have brought in adebayor, a striker of a higher quality then I thought we would end up with. Even it is just a loan, perhaps we have a buying option. A huge upgrade in the area most needed. Secondly we have gotten rid of the deadwood. It was always likely to happen on the last day as thats when most clubs will finally commit. If we had flogged them all cheaply at the start of the window as many would have wished, we would have been robbed blind and given harry too many chances to bring in his dads army. That leads me to the next point of glee for me. Harrys days are clearly numbered as the signs clearly point to a growing chasm between manager and chairman. Fine he got Parker, but no doubt it would have been much worse if harry had had free reign and he was clearly being frustrated during the window by levy. thank god. best case scenario is that harry is gone by january and the new manager can come in, be given cash to spend and persuade the likes of modric that a new regime will bring greater things. We didn't lose modric which was an important statement to make and best of all, crouch is gone. This all represents a big step in the right direction IMO
Guernman
Wow - you actually managed to offload Crouch, Jenas, Bentley and Palacios - lack of a big signing notwithstanding (Kaka? LMAO! - even 'arry can see what a waste of money he'd have been) I'd say it's been a pretty good window for Spurs.
fifthcolumnblue
fifthcolumnblue - it was funnily ironic you guys picking up a free transfer on deadline day. Kaka: we all laughed mate.
TonyRich
Am in shock we didn't ge: any CB'S, some competition for Lennon & cover for VDV (after sundays embarrassment). Oh well at least Levy will be happy with the balance sheet. Positivity? let's be realistic at this rate we would be doing well to finish 6th ffs.
JGinola
Hey guys i'm gettin a bit of stick here. Kernowboy 71, yes I am delusional, just ask my girlfriend, But answer this. Why does the whole of England seem to want Arry running the 3 lions? Guyver, Ok so the records don't lie, but please stop living in the past. The future's bright, in fact its LILYWHITE. Nice one Spu 4 life, I'm sure Sir Stanley would have been pround to wear crouchies shirt. ITS NOT THE MAN ITS THE FRIGGING COCKERAL STANDING ON THE BASKETBALL(caps intended). Yep Spurs for life indeed, bring it on.
hotspur58
I have dinner plans tonight, could some1 put dubai's article into about 100 characters for me, so I don't miss them?
liamyid
We needed to get rid of some of the dead wood. We did that. We needed a leader. We got that. We needed a striker. We got that. My only worry is that having Parker will limit Sandro's chances. let's face it: we were never going to sign Facao were we?
Tony Rocky Horror
Even Arry stated before we need some world class signings, Parker is good but not world class, Adeybayor is not wanted by City or Madrid but will do for spurs who have now settled for not getting back in the champions league. Wit Mr.Levy not learning from Arsenals mistakes over the last six years and that is is being tight with transfer funds. We made yet another over £30 million on transfers, added to the champions league sponsorships £30 million, uefa payout (£23 million) a grand total of £83 million. And yet we could not say ah go on then we will take a much needed highly rated England international off Bolton's hands for £15 million, no we offer £12 million and get rejected leaving us with sebastian bassong. United forked out £16 million for Jones who is less experienced than Cahill. I just feel this will be our downfall this year and Levy and Arry have accepted they would much rather be wealthy than get challenge for the title or CL. Back to being mid table for Spurs. Before anyone says "but we managed to keep hold of Luka Modric", don't waste your breath, you really think he will play his heart out for us anymore. I will be surprised if the lad scores another goal in lily white.
Slyspur
I see Crouch is moaning about Levy forcing him out!! Good Crouch got what he deserves on the back of his form for the last season. I hope now Defoe sits up and takes notice or it will be sunderland for him the next window!! COYS
WestStandEnclosure
fithcolumnblue - The Kaka story is the type of fabricated *****e that SS Wanted to happen.
SpursOne2
Great article Dubai....however you guys have forgotten something...Jenas is on loan. If he plays a blinder then great, someone might buy him, the fact that we all think he is pants means that if he has a stinker and the villa fans get on his case...he is coming BACK...like a bad case of herpes, we wont be able to get rid of him. Same with Bentley. So potentially next season, we have these 2 back on the payroll. Should have just lowered the price and sold them.
vicspur
FCB Im not sure u realise what a relief it truely is! The mad debates about those 2 could have sparked the Libiyian uprising! Tony Im not sure Parker is good enough to lace Sandro's boots! I seriously doubt Sandro would take it easy and I bet my house Sandro is the first name on the team sheet when fit.
Mix26
Sandro and Parker in midfield?
SpursOne2
even tight fisted Wenger forked and and out did us in the transfer market, Santos Brazilian fullback, great signing and much needed at the emirates. Mertesecker solid german defender who will accompany Vermaelan very well, then replacing their creative midfield departures with Arteta and Benayoun, Ok not as class as Nasri and fabregas but at least they have left no holes in the club. We needed a defender and a striker at bare minimum. Perhaps when we are 12th come January we might fork out £35 for a player we could have had for £18 million.
Slyspur
"Sandro and Parker in midfield? SpursOne2"
That should more than adequately shield your back 4 - which could be why 'arry didn'tt feel the need to buy a CB?
fifthcolumnblue
U guyz should have given us Modric.Is £40m not a fair enough offer? ;-(
Dannism
U guyz should have given us Modric.Is £40m not a fair enough offer? ;-(
Dannism
Now the window is shut and we know who we have got, this I see is our most affective team. GK. FRIEDEL RB.WALKER CB. DAWSON CB.KING LB. BALE CM PARKER CM.SANDRO RM.LENNON LM.MODRIC ACM. VAN DER VAART ST. ADEYBAYOR/DEFOE
Slyspur
Slyspur - Yeah i could see that happening is we have a poor first half of the season. At least there is now space for movement. Flip side, were in a good possition come Jan and strenghten anyway. He has to be looking at a Striker by then anyway. Maybe the CB if we still need one too.
SpursOne2
SUBS BENCH OF:GOMES, CORLUKA, EKKOTO, GALLAS, HUDDLESTONE, PIEANAAR, KRANKJAR, DEFOE, PAVYLUCHENKO
Slyspur
Dannism my old fart how are u son??? Deflated and stale i presume? Do you owe me an apology???
Mix26
Dannism. Chelsea were told 3 months ago that Modric was not for sale at any price. And anyway, who says you offered £40M? Harry? He used the word "apparently" so he read it in the papers just like you - nothing more. And, if you really did offer £40m, then why was your opening bid £22m? absolutely taking the mick, now ***** off and be happy with your Liverpool reject.
RealDanger
Dannism, we are no longer a GIVING team. THAT was Mr Levys message. to everyone from Luca to the tea boy at chelski. COYS
hotspur58
Dannism - 40m is a more than fair offer...BUT you guys screwed it up. If you came out with an early initial 30m bid, we would have refused, then Modric would have said he wanted to go. Then we would name our price of 37m or something. Sold. But you guys tried to unsettle the player to force a cheap move. Even if you guys came out with a 40m bid 2 weeks ago, we would have definitely sold him...AND REPLACED HIM with another midfielder. Offering 40m on the eve of the deadline is out of order. Of course we will reject that. Look at Everton losing Arteta with no replacement.
TonyRich
Spurs fans are complaining about nothing; quick to say we are not a selling club but when the player wants to go you cave in, pathetic, the media's desperation to sell modric obviously corrupted the idiot band wagon no-one seems to remeber the berbatov saga, oh he's unhappy we can buy several top players with £30m, who did we get? Pav and campbell on loan WORLD CLASS!!! Same would have happened with modric no doubt average chelsea player they dont want and a loan move for another poor player. If you have intelligence you may have realised that we got £22m from players sold (after parker) and who did we get? No one!!! We would have simply made Chelsea stronger, proved that we sell our best players for high fees that barely tickle billionares (saying no hurts them far more since money cannot buy continued rejections) and ended up like Newcastle with the Carroll saga - did that work out for them? NO!!! Doom and gloom merchants if you dont like it support fake teams like Man city and Chelsea that have to buy themeselves fans and glory and leave true fans to support the clubs that actually have to manage with what they have to get them somewhere.
spursnoob
fithcolumnblue - I shoulda added to that question. Many think Parker will take Sandros spot. I pointed out they could both play next to each other? Over the season we will need different combos depepnding on Player avalivability. As for the CB...we have all been screaming for a decent one for ages. Not its down to how quick Gallas gets back, if kaboul can stay in the side and kings dodgy knees.
SpursOne2
Now*
SpursOne2
its gonna be 4-2-3-1 with Sandro and Parker the 2, Modric, Bale and VDV the 3, and Ade the 1. Who wants a bet?
RealDanger
I would not like to be the crew on Roman Abramovich`s yachts at the moment. His underhand method has failed to land Luka. Which yacht did he invite Luka to??.
camper
Slyspur if only they were fit I totally agree with that line up! Probably drop Lennon for Pienaar/Kranjcar though as I don't think he could play in that system.
gazzalegend
Guyz pls answer this question in all fairness-Would u rather keep a quality but unhappy player or strengthen ur squad with £40m.With that money u could have signed Arteta and Llorente.
Dannism
Im not giving you any stick hotspur58, I just believe your Wolves mates lack of confidence is a little misplaced when you consider our poor performances against the so called smaller sides under Harry Redknapp, including wolves themselves. And you're right, we do have superior players, in almost every position, which is why you have to ask, what is stopping us from beating these teams regularly. Why do we struggle to break these sides down? Tactics, overconfidence? I just dont think it makes sense to ignore our recent track record, especially as it's 1 of the main reasons we were unable to achieve a top 4 finish last year.. We couldnt even beat West Ham!
Guyver
Better keeping a player than making you fools stronger! Dont you see it u idiot??? WE DONT NEED THE MONEY!!!
Mix26
Freidel/Gomes Walker/Charlie BAE/Rose Daws/King Gallas/Kaboul/Bassong Lennon/Townsend Bale/Gio Sandro/Hudd/Pienar/Livermore Moderforker/Parker/Kranj VDV/Defoe Adebeyor/Pav Im more than happy with that as long as we sort our injuries probs out. Sign a couple fresh faces in Jan n we be all good COYFS!!! By the way best post i read in ages just what the doctor ordered and i can see Frank still hasnt got round to slashing his wrist yet ;)
JattYid
Dannism. I would have taken £40m for sure, we could more than absorb the loss of Modric by playing Parker and Sandro defensive mid and then any 3 of Van der Vaart, Bale, Lennon, Krancar and Pienaar as a 3 in front of them. However, we were never given that option. we can't be sure Chelsea offered 40, And if you did it was way too late. Now you answer my question. If Chelsea were serious about Modric, why offer £22m in June, then apparently comeback with 9supposedly) £40m with 1 day to spare?
RealDanger
As Mix26 says, there is also the issue of strengthening Chelsea
RealDanger
On a very positive note I would just like to say/sing,, Ding Dong, The Crouch Is Gone ! thank the lord for large mercies!!! love your article Dubaispur!
Born&BredSpur
lol B&B
Mix26
KB71 http://www.spursodyssey.com/1112/nginh.html? Tim Sherwood is the Next-Gen coach fella !
True Spurs Supporter
its not about the money dannism, if we give into selling any player that is in our plans we go backwards, next year it will be bale, then whoever else is flavour of the day at spurs. im glad we made a stand especially the way chelsea have gone about trying to un settle the player. i think levy would even have turned down £100m
spurs-stelios
what we need now is a win!!!! my missus could not make out how happy I was, then she found out Jenas had left even if only on loan he wont be playing for us this year whoop whooop...lets hope everyone is fit for wolves. here would be my starting 11 Friedel, Walker, King, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto Modric, Parker, Sandro VDV, Bale, Adebayor with the players we have in this 11 we can play a number of formations, mine would be 4312 with bale as a forward and VDV just behind him and Adebayor!!! Strong midfield, but then they can all interchange COYS
nomorejenas1
Dannism..... read my previous post above to see why we couldnt - another berbanob saga or worse the Carroll saga, even then we would have no insurances to get these players, besides arteta left for champions league football - chelsea fans quick to point out were not in it now so we wouldnt have gotten him, as for llorente is he really worth the amount asked for him (£30-40m) besides he is a striker not a creative midfielder - name any of those (worthwile) that would go to spurs on deadline day. If you've seen we got £22m for sold players so we dont need money to buy players, unlike Chelsea or Citeh we dont inflate or values just to get the player we want
spursnoob
Kaka is still coming. All the paperwork went through in time. Just waiting for the announcement!!
TornadoYid
So Crouch is bleating about Levy forcing him out the door!!! Good on ya Danny Boy, if it had been me I would have kicked his sorry arse all the way up the M 6 Motorway, good riddance!!!
Born&BredSpur
Would you really want to see Bale played at LB Sly? BAE is way more competent defensively and playing Bale too deep exposes the weaker parts of his game and limits his strengths. I have to say I really like the sound of RealDanger's 4-2-3-1. I hope 'Arry has the creative vision to employ it. Very excited about Adebayor and the prospect of actually seeing us score some goals again! COYS!
GoldCock
Why is Dannism still here. Transfer period is over c-ckhead, and Modric is still here. You lost. NOw do one
micyid
Tornado my friend - if kaka does i will **** i my hand and clap!!!
woodyn17
Great article Dubaispur, well written, makes all the right points and probably one of the most sensible to be posted here for a while. I think Levy has decided that top 6 is OK for us this year if that's what it takes to rebuild when we have a new manager next year. This season is a holding pattern for Spurs....
philbill
Loving the glass-half-full approach dubai, I'm pretty positive about the business too, great to see us freeing up some wage bill.
nicktheyido
RealDanger,what do u mean by that? All clubs do it! U go in with a small bid then u up the stake.Was that not how utd got berba! U're proposed line-up looks good i must confess.
Dannism
Right chaps - Who are we getting in January??
woodyn17
The words u use Mix26 with all due respect shows ur lack of class.
Dannism
The words u use Mix26 with all due respect shows ur lack of class.
Dannism
What Chelsea did was pathetic Dannism! your lot really have been left Deluded!!! I guess its The Day The World Turned Blue, for The Blue World lofl Lets All Larf At Chelsea la la la, la la la!!!!
Born&BredSpur
Great article Dubai. Our biggest weaknesses were Strikers (2 worst/4 have gone & we have both made a profit & added Adebajor & Gio), Friedel & Parker great additions, Modric/Bale still at our Club. Totally agree with your leadership / drive & mentality in Parker comments. Understandably (but a shame), we wouldn't pay £15million for Cahill when he has 1 year left on his contract. Money in pot for January also. Positivity guys :)
Windlespur
very nice article
logos8
I also second the 4-2-3-1 formation. I think looking at the squad we now have it is the only way forward: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Gallas, BAE, Sandro, Parker, Bale, VDV, Modric, Adebeyor. Against the weaker teams tho and at home I would be tempted to go 3-2-4-1: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, BAE, Sandro, Parker, Lennon, Modric, VDV, Bale, Adebeyor. I think that lineup would destroy most lower half teams in the prem at home.
TornadoYid
Man, all these working (every) nights for the last 20 months is getting to me ! Great article Dubai absolutely bang on the money. Sorry I can't read every response as I've only just woken up & my eyes have stopped working properly, due to reading the many detailed opinions. This really HAS been a successful window. 7 un-required players GONE ! & a mix of experience & youth IN, superb. In the link I posted to KB71 you can all see how our youth are fairing under the leadership of Tim Sherwood, 7-1 is always a cracking score to have in your favour BUT against Inter Milan, well that victory must taste all the sweeter !!! Im concerned, I admit, that our defence is weak (atm) with both King & Gallas out, Im also INFURIATED that Woody can now walk, run & play 90 mins back to back again, wtf ? Myself & many have stated this before on numerous occasions & here we are mentioning it again today, WHATS UP WITH OUR MEDICAL/FITNESS TEAM ?????? Anyway, lets just hope Gallas & King return (VERY) soon. Sandro isn't far away which is great to hear :-). Those who are so sure Cahill is required, I think they need to watch his game far more closely. He IS a very good CB, BUT he needs to be next to a excellent CB to really shine a la Dawson... He'd be an upgrade on Daws if played next to King or Gallas this is true, but both aren't available right now so it would be a disaster playing both together as our No.1 pairing, sorry. I like the fact (if he actually stay) that GDS is still here, another positive out of a negative this time, is with VDV injured for 2-4 wks we can revert to 4-4-2. Im guessing vs Wolves we'll lineup: Friedel; Walker, Daws, Kaboul, BAE; Lennon, Parker, Modders, Bale; Ade, JD. How nice that looks :-). Soul-Man was signed with the PROMISE of 1st Team action this season & has a excellent scoring for us so far, tho yet at a true Snr level. Iago Falque Silva, hmm impressive name thats for sure, lets hope it doesn't fatter to deceive, still only a loan so no serious commitment, ofc he could shine then we can purchase so bit of a win/win. We've (Levy) has sent out all the correct signals, secured a better financial standing, moved us closer to obtaining the NDP in ALL her glory, hasn't panicked bought & our Squad is healthier (erm well you get what I mean). All thats left is for this international break to pass us by with NO further injuries & "Roberts, your mothers...(Oh & us signing Damiao in Jan ofc !) COYS
True Spurs Supporter
Dannism. it didn't work. you come in with the small bid. No sale. You come in with the big bid. No sale. Daniel Levy stated in June not for sale, so I am not sure why you wasted everyone's time and continued to unsettle our club. Enjoy Meireles. bye
RealDanger
Tornado Yid. You left out Kaka
RealDanger
Very good article! I usually pass on the longer ones but this was well worth the read.
The Voice Of Reason
Now St. Idiots day is over, we can at least pontificate on real events. Get the fricking stadium built/rebuilt Levy, you tardy t**t.
lordjohnny
it doesn't matter that selling modric may have improved us, or that he is unhappy to stay. Not selling was an essential stance to take and will hopefully make disgusting attempts to unsettle players less potent and the notion that we always sell a thing of the past. Well done levy - and for kicking couch out when harry wanted his favourite lad to stay. now kick harry out and I 'll be content
Guernman
Guyver, no problem mate, if you cant take a joke don't support THFC. I really think our problems were at both ends, literally, A shot stopper who gets nutmegged and an inability to finish (hence my unrealistic dream of Tevez). Not sure about Friedel, a bit dodgy on corners (where have i heard that before. and strikers with no real power, who thought the goalposts were nearer the corner flags. At least Adeybayor is proven if unreliable. I still hope Pav might hone his AK47 sights a little more accurately, he wants to play unlike No 14. True Wolves are a good solid team with a proud tradition, It won't be a walkover but I might put a couple of rupees (I live in INJA now) on a 5 goal margin. One of the reasons we failed to overcome the Hammers was a certain S. Parker (solved that one) True Arry's tactics sometimes leave me baffled thats why he's the magician. Keep the faith bro. Its NEVER boring
hotspur58
spu4life, lol. The Crouch interview sums him up, "you know, you know". Repetition of mediocrity and he "can't wait to play for the club" 15 times over. It was only a 2 min interview. I am pleased we will no longer pump the long ball up to 2mp only to lose possession. We will now have to play like we did against Hearts away, which was exciting slick passing and for once moving. Parker and Adebayor will thrive this way.
COYS R US
Friedil/Gomes..corluka/walker..Dawson/kaboul bassong/ Gallas/king...Bale/ekotto/rose...Lennon/Townsend/da santos...Modric/Huddlestone/livermore/carroll/kranjcar/parker/Bale/Sandro...Defoe/pav/kane/Adebayor/vdv enough said,now ffs lets get behind the team,instead off putting the knife in,il see you all on the 30 oct for the QPR game in the 703 club for a few beers,and a bit of craic,forget the doom and gloom
lisburn spurs
I'm pretty happy with our business and more importantly we will be in a position of strength come the next one in January. I suspect that Bolton will cash in on Cahill and that we could offload Bassong. I'm sure that Pav will be knocked out to a Newcastle or Sunderland for £5-6m and that we'll pick up Damiao. Those two bits of business will imo greatly enhance our squad then, it's just a shame we couldn't get it all sorted out yesterday. Two great signings in though (Parker & Adebayor) and lots of mediocrity out the door. When we consider that the new training ground isn't far away PLUS good progress on the stadium we should count our blessings that we can resist silly offers for our players unlike struggling clubs like Everton. COYS
GeorgeSpur
Harry's hand has been dealt. He has the likes of Walker, Kranchar, Dos Santos, the youngsters, he now has to use them. Must admit, I wanted a little more (CB, Striker) but we are where we are now and it ain't half a decent squad. Just annoyed that we have to wait so long until the next game.
Pride 1882
Think Gio will get games in the Europa League to start with and if he performs then who knows. The Damiao deal looks a cert with Pav's contract running down + Damiao won't take up a squad place so with us currently having a 24 man squad by next season we need to open up an extra place so we can accommodate both Rose and Walker which Damiao for Pav will give us
Spurs Allday
For me it was a 7 out of 10 window. An 8 out of 10 window would have been Jenas and Bentley leaving permanently along with Pav and Bassong with another centre half and striker coming in. A 9 out of 10 would have all of that plus another superstar player like King, Modric and Bale joining. 10 out of 10 for me would have all of the that plus Harry and his entire management team being replaced by a DoF and new Coach. We are not in bad shape though. We have a squad that is versatile in that it can play different systems. We have a mixture of experience and youth and ultimately we have 2 or 3 players who can get into the Premiership team of the season. Whilst we haven't fixed the Dawson issue at the back, we can at least protect the back four better now whilst keeping our brand of football.
muttley
Very good article, I'm happy that we have been able to offload some players, however, I can't say that I'm performing cartwheels with regard to our new additions. Hopefully I'll be proved wrong, jeez, the season seems as though it's going to be a long and ardous one. I forsee another roller coaster of emotions coming our way! COYS!!!
aspurusual
Hey Dubai, great article as usual, mate. As someone else posted earlier, Spurs should make you their PRO. I agree with Dubai and some others here that Levy correctly did not waste money on bringing in transfers on Harry's request. How can you trust Harry's sense of a good transfer if he stated that Suarez cannot make it in the EPL? Better to keep the transfer kitty for a more accomplished manager than the one at the moment. In the meantime we have a pretty good squad who can play astonishing football most of the times. Alas we will miss the funny grin of Crouchie when he misses a sitter or when he flats flat on his face, which happened most of the times when he was in a white shirt. As for Cahill, the Arse thought that he was over-rated, and he is not much different from Dawson, so a good miss. Cheer up mates, we will prove them all wrong, including ole Harry! COYS
spursa
Its all good ppl stating our starting XI but you rarely have everyone fit. I think we have finally got a balanced squad. By getting rid of all the waster's we can finally get some youth involved. The fact we had SO many senior players was tying redknapp's hands, now he has a lighter squad we will see more of Rose, Townsend, Livermoore and maybe even some younger ones like Kane and Couliby. It's an exciting talented squad, we just need to get some points on the board to cheers us all. The Everton game would have been great for us to start and I honestly think we would have competed better againt the manc's if we would have got a good start under our belt. We now have Wolves, Stoke and Wigan away and Liverpool and Arsenal at home in our next 5. 13 points from them games and it's looking a whole lot brighter!!
liamyid
I am now a Spurs Follower, not a Supporter. I've cancelled Sky Sports and will not be buying any more official Spur merch. I work 50-60 hours a week to earn in a year about half of what our top players earn a week, why shuould I put any of my hard earned money into the club when the club doesn't seem to match my ambitions for it. I want the best for my team but the people who matter seem to want to go backwards. Parker, on FOUR YEARS? WHAT FU(K?!? I'm at a loss for words after yesterday, mid table mediocrity for us. can't believe how much deadwood we'll be stuck with in a few years. You think it's bad now......Harry has ruined us and it seems Levy is either reluctant to back him, but is happy to waste a season to avoid paying him off or is happy to be making a nice profit for the club whilst assuring we challenge for nothing.
Tottenham Hotcore
After taking some time to cool off after a long day of basically 'nothing' yesterday, I came to realize that we did do ok. We addressed our needs. We didn't take any high cost risks on players we may not need. We gained a quality player/leader that will provide those qualities on/and off the bench. Hopefully he can kick some sense in to Modric and whoever else has no loyalty other than money. (Remember folks Parker was playing on a relegated team, he stuck with them for a bit, which is more than most) We brought a striker in...Ade will score...he has something to prove this year and I am more than happy for him to go on a goal-scoring extravaganza for us. (Hopefully in the meantime dragging Defoe out of his funk!! this is really the key!!) We also offloaded a TON of deadwood. This sets us up good for the future if/when we do need to spend. And a youth movement is immenent as our young players keep progressing. Keep the faith Spurs! Time to start climbing the board!
USAFSPURS
Hello Hotcore, chin up mate :-) Why don't you reserve judgement after a few more games. I know we should have gotten a very good CB and get a striker in, but all in all, it went ok. The sale/loan out of Hutton, Palacios, Jenas, Bentley, Crouch and Keane was really a very good thing for us.
Madaboutspurs
A great article. My views on the transfer window are: 1. No surpise that we only signed Parker. Levy clearly doesn't trust Harry any more either because he thinks he will take the England job, he thinks he will go to prison or he has realised that he has taken them as far as he can. He would have made sure he got Cahill if he really beleived in Harry. Either way it's not good that the manager and chairman don't trust each other. 2. Modric should have been sold and replaced weeks ago. The talk will start again and build up until we get to the January window at which point I suspect that we will have no chance of reaching top 4. Further disruption is inevitable. 3. Great that we got rid of some of the deadwood. 4. Why oh why do we do our business so late. It ends up costing us dear. With a decent striker we would have walked into the champions league last year. Van der Vaart may have been a great last minute deal but I beleive we have already seen the best of him and Harry still has no clue as how to best incorporate him in the team. How about indentifying targets early (targets that will suit how the team will play) and go quietly about trying to obtain them before pre season. I'm not sure we made an attempt to sign anyone until late August. 5. I believe that just as quickly as Harry took us to Champions League, he and Levy between them are managing to take us back to the mid table team that we are so used to being with their haphazard approach to transfers and Harrys inept team selection and tactics. All very disappointing.
jonathan01
Really, I thought it was an amazing feat of wheelin and dealin' by Levy to move 5 players out in 1 day.I did not think that was going to be achieved.
Madaboutspurs
Dubai, once again I want to say, great article. You were able to put very good perspective to the happenings over recent times and in the process made most of us feel a whole lot better. Thanks.
Madaboutspurs
The whole of England wants 'Arry running the three lions?? Who said? I know a fair proportion of the THFC community want him to be running England (because it means we can get a proper manager in who has a bit of 'pull'), but the whole of England??. I should coco!! Although, I can fully believe that the whole of England would like to see 'Arry put in a field in the middle of Africa, with three lions!! What'll we do when Adebayor gets injured? Oh yeah, we've got the 'prolific' Jermain, and the 'Powerful' Pav, to call upon. Happy fu***ng days!!
coopsieyid
At this rate Dubai, you'll have a fan club on here, judging by all the replies for your article ;-)
Madaboutspurs
Props for the article though, Dubai!! Top stuff
coopsieyid
I am glad Spurs have reduced their squad size overall whilst Harry has MORE players that he trusts and will use. Last season we had a squad of 25 plus our free-picks Bale, Sandro and Rose yet Harry didn't seem to trust Pletikosa, Hutton, Bassong, Palacios, Jenas, Kranjcar and Pav. He then had a constant conveyor belt of injuries and most of the time you felt Harry was working with 15 players only. This season, I suspect Harry will still be a little anti Bassong, Gio and Pav but will generally trust the rest.
muttley
All along this window we have heard we can only sign new players if we can shift a few, which we did. And that we would show Modric our ambition with our new signings. So what happens. We spend £5 million pound and bring in a 30 year old midfielder and a 40 year old goalkeeper and a forward who will only be here one year. Oh yeah and some guy I have never heard of. I do not know what Modric was thinking by wanting out of the club. How far backwards does the club have to go before we will let him and Bale go.
nothappyharry
Dubai, I was talking to a fellow fan yesterday and stating pretty much the same points. I am neither pessimistic nor optimistic though. I think we are better off than we were last year but that doesn't mean I have too much confidence.

On a related note, I happened to quickly tally the spending of other clubs:

Man City: approx.70mil
Liverpool: approx 60mil
Man U: approx 60mil
Sunderland and Stoke: approx 20mil

This is worrisome to me. We made around 60mil adding the CL haul to our transfer window haul. Only spending around 8mil on Parker when we had that load sitting there is a bit shocking, especially when we bid 30mil on Rossi and the like in January. Some of this money is going to pay for Ade's wages. If we aren't going to spend the money on transfers, hopefully it can go to the NDP development project.
CBusSpur
Slyspur - You can say that Levy is being 'tight' and 'sitting on £83mil'. OR you could say, that's a quarter of the new stadium cost right there. I'm not overly enamoured with yesterdays dealings either, but if we can keep as much cash as possible in the bank, whilst still (hopefully) remaining competitive, it'll stand us in MUCH better stead in the future. Or would you rather have the financial burden of hundreds of millions of pounds, haging over our heads, restricting us for a decade etc etc??.

The stadium is the ONE thing that allows me to make sense of the last 4 transfer windows. Now all I've got to do is hope that there are plenty of other loanees available in January and next summer!!
coopsieyid
Oh, and IF it's true that Chel$ki's last offer was for £30mil + Alex, I'm VERY disappointed that we turned it down. We CAN'T know that Modder Focker is going to pull his socks up and get on with his job. In fact, I very much doubt it myself!! But we CAN know that Alex would have come i and performed to the best of his abilities, is EXACTLY the sort of defender we NEED, and IF Damaio is coming in January (which I think he will), he'd be greeted by his fellow countrymen, Gomes, Sandro (best friend) and Alex.. Shame!! We now have a hell of alot riding on the fact that the guy who has acted like a spoilt little brat, and told his manager that he doesn't want to play for us, will get his head down and pretend everything is ok again. It's a fu***ng massive risk if you ask me.
coopsieyid
Guernman, I can't agree with you on Modric. Yeah, we made a point. He's still unsettled and an uninspired Modric suits every other PL team just fine. Yes, Chelsea wanted him, they didn't get him, but they had a Plan B, C and wound up getting D. This isn't going to stop turning player's heads. Money and winning will do that. Until we pay the wages and are regularly in CL, we are merely a stepping stone. Good luck getting good players to sign extensions now without ridiculous wages coming their way. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Modric was never, and will likely never, be worth 40M. We didn't stop Chelsea getting better, they got Mata, Lukaku, Meireles. If City want Bale in January, they'll make an offer and will turn his head. If ManU want VDV they'll do the same. They pay more and they have CL. I fail to see how Levy's stance changes that. COYS
peterballb
Look to the right of your screens. Don't the "latest results" and "league table" make for joyous reading!!
coopsieyid
Levy's stance with modric shows that we are not a selling club and that if teams do want any of our players, they'll have to do more than just "ask". Theres a reason we have a harder time keeping KEY players than Liverpool for example, who are in a similar position to us. No club is imune, including the likes of man utd, but some are better at holding onto their players than others. Hopefully in the future, teams like chelsea wont be as persistent as they have been, as a result of Levy's resistance.
Guyver
Careful Peter. You're doing that 'talking sense' thing again!!
coopsieyid
Great article as usual, DubaiSpur. Just wondering, if Scott Dann was available for around £7.7 million why didn't we go in for him? And what about Ruiz? £11 million for a player like him is a bargain and the player himself was keen on a move to Spurs, wasn't he?
COYS_TSB
Wow, Dubai!!! What can there possibly be to add after that. You even managed to soothe my disaffection (of not signing Cahill) with your reasoning. Well done mate; you've said it all. Now, I just look forward to our boys being as incisive and insightful, on the pitch, as your article has been. More grease to your elbow, Dubai.
roforofoSpurs
I agree Guyver - Also mate, Levys stance would have worked better if they make it so the transfer window ends before the season starts. Imagin if we had our signings and kept modric before we played the two manc teams?. Anyway, Chelsea did affect our first two games. But did they win that one?? well not really becasue we were missing a key player (or his head wasnt right) and that helped hand their main rivals extra points. Yeah they won that one. I think Levy has to be commeneded for not budging. The media had a field day making crap up...were convinced we would sell and got people betting, agruing. When all along he stuck to his guns. Modders aint that unhappy anyway...had his head turned thats all. He has a season to play well and prove his worth/re-ern his spurs. Better hes here than at the chavs.
SpursOne2
great article and this is by far the best transfer window the club has ever been throught its been tremendous for us, absolutely triffic, we have strengthened our attack and midfield, we have a goal scorer and a winner in midfield we have snapped up a couple of young players moved on a lot of deadwood, we told chelsea to go ***** themselves and had the minerals to durn down £40 million aswell as sending out a strong message to those signing contracts at our club aswell as an even bigger message to the likes of united and chelsea who think putting in derisory offers for our players just to turn their heads is going to work i bet avb is fuming that he didn't get his man and if they had come straight out with 35 million they could have landed him early on for between 40 - 45 million, what they were prepared to pay anyway so next time they or any vulture comes circuling it will be with an appropriate offer very much in they way they did with torres. and why has this window beent he greatest of our window? BECAUSE MY FELLOW YIDS HE HAS FINALLY GONE!!!!! tears of joy streamed down my face when the lanky useless string off ***** signed for stoke!!! we no longer have to endure his sub par performances and allergy to goal scoring, we no longer have to watch him flail about in the box missing ball after ball giving away free kick after free kick! we will bever have to tolerate him falling over his own feet because he doesn't know which leg is doing what, we no longer have to watch dawson hoof long ball after long ball turning us into a route 1 team! from the sale of crouch the whole team is going to progress and improve and play to our strengths now that "plan b" has finally left and not one more time after a dismal goal less display from the plank do i have to tolerate harry telling me what a top lad he is...............finally and thank ***** for that because i couldnt take another season of him i just couldn't......now for harry lol
spurticus87
hey Coopsieyid. I did say 'seems' to want Arry in charge. Am I the only one who remembers where Ramos took us, we hardly won a game after the Chelski final. we were in the relegation zone. It was Harry Redknapp who got us where we are today (back at the bottom, agreed) BUT and its a big BUT we now have the squad he needs to push for the top 4 with a genuine quality striker, a player who comands the dressing room, but not quite a world class keeper. OK Harry might have taken us (almost as far as he can) and I still think Morhinio AND Beckham will be with us this time next year, then EVERYONE and their Aunt will be following us. At the moment I am IT SEEMS the only person in India who wears the Lilywhite shirt, But (again) since Bales hat trick in Europe last term they know who WE are now. The new stadiuum is a long way off for me (in all senses) Its on the field that matters, wherever it is (in N17). We should have a good season, if we don't I will personally join you in Africa 'big game Redknapp' hunting. Untill then, keep the faith bro we are nearly there. COYS
hotspur58
Modric even at 80% will still be our best player, though I believe he will be playing much closer to 100% this season. You just have to go over to vital chelsea or any other chelsea forum to see the effect levy's stance has had. They are calling him all sorts of names, they cannot believe a selling club like spurs wont sell to them! lol this is a good thing, a great thing in fact, it means we are in the process of changing our image and long may it continue.
Guyver
Excellent article
Fumper27
Hey, fellas, once again, thank you from the very bottom of my heart for the encouraging comments. I feel intensely sorry for the people who have to post articles on the United or Liverpool forums; they're likely to get maybe ten comments at most, nine of which will be adbot spam.;) So I'm heartened to see how strong our fanbase remains. @COYS_TSB, Dann has had quite a few injury troubles, and only really impressed due to the (underrated, IMO)presence of Johnson alongside him last year. Ruiz I've watched quite a bit of (for some reason the Eredivisie is shown in a surprisingly large number of hotels, my favorite places of habititation ;)) and he seemed slow to react and rather ponderous when playing for Twente. He had a turn of pace, and a fearsome shot, but his technical ability on the ball and his vision seemed to be lacking somewhat. We'll soon see, anyway. Personally I think Fulham overpaid. I'm lookking forward to being proved wrong, though, because I can't wish anything other than success to dear old BMJ. @peterballb regarding your earlier comment, yes, players may now hesitate to sign long-term contracts with us, but only those players who view THFC as a sideways or backwards move at most. Can you really see a player who views THFC as a step up and one who would be proud to play for the club refusing a potential transfer because he'd heard about Modric and didn't want to sign a long-term contract? Unlikely. Most players view us as a step up- they will still come to us, simply because 1)we are an attractive team that plays football the right way, 2)we're challenging at or near the top of the table, 3)we play in the PL-big draw to foreign players, and 4)we're based in London and offer reasonable, if not earth-shattering wages. So I don't think there's all that much to worry about mate. @Hotspur58, only Spurs shirt in India? Don;t think so, mate, I wear it with pride every time I go back there. The situation with football in the sub[contnient remains dire, and most still support Liverpool, United, Chelski and Arsenal, but it's improving. I did see a few blokes wandering around in Newcastle shirts in Delhi recently, and if there's NUFC fans in Delhi, there must surely be THFC fans elsewhere in India, no?;)
DubaiSpur
Great article, exactly my thinking. Although i would have liked to see an exciting support striker signed (with pav going out) i feel the transfers made were just what we needed, anything else would have been reckless and unnecessary (and purely to appease fans, like arsenal did). If our season goes to plan we should be able to sign a bigger profile forward next summer, especially seeing that we got rid of woodgate, keane, crouch who were all top earners. We've saved ourselves 250-300k per week on unwanted players. This will also help our squad rotation and hopefully give the youngsters a shot at making an impression. all in all a sensible market, now bring on wolves. cant believe i have to wait 10 days to get over the city result! COYS
athenspurs
also, DubaiSpur, Tottenham have great support throughout the world.. and tend to be supported by the more knowledgeable of football fans. Iv noticed a big increase in Tottenham sympathisers since Marin jol days... we play good football and arent scum.. easy choice IMO, dont understand why more people arent! COYS
athenspurs
One of the best articles on here EVER. Well done Dubai. I'm fairly happy if i'm to be honest, we got rid of fringe players and we now will have to give some of our exceptional young talent a chance to prove what they can do. Modric staying is a plus, lets see how he proceeds. bets thing we can do now is just get behind the team and management and hope for some great days ahead. COYS
ledgespur
Guyver, the likelihood of teams stopping to go in for our players because of Levy's stance is about as likely as it is for us stopping going after players below us that we want, like Parker and Pienaar. Won't stop us and I do recall many derisory bids that we have made before we decided to stump the cash. Only effect I see is long-term contracts on reasonable wages at Spurs will be a thing of the past. Good news is Modric has yet another player making more than him.

I also fail to see how we are improved, as some assert. We had a squad of 25 last season and, if my counting is up to snuff, we have 24 and 3 u-21's. Our excess players, like last year, are on loan. We do have a better striker, but where there were 4, there are now 3. Our top scorer is injured for 2 months. Kranjcar, Rose, Bassong, Pav, Gio likely did not become Harry favourites over night. King's knees aren't getting better. Gallas isn't getting younger. Friedel is now number 1 ahead of the higher percentage shot blocker who has always had a feeble confidence. Adebayor is a loan and we put all our chips in on that one. Lennon still looks distracted or off his game. Bale is marked out of games. We got Parker, who is well respected, but he is no playmaker. His stats compare favorably with Jenas or Hudd. Leadership? Who knows. I'm not in the room, but he led a team down that was more talented than several that stayed up. He's ours and like Pienaar is unmovable for the next four years. Oh and then there's Harry, who most posters believe is not entirely trusted by Levy.

So if Ade scores, Modric pulls up his socks, we start executing set pieces, get 25 games out of King, rotate, change formations and tactics to suit our opposition, we use all of our squad, we minimize injuries, we learn to hate anything that is not a win, we can finish 3rd. I've said, and maintain, the talent is in the squad. It's possible. I just bought a lottery ticket. That too is possible. IF........COYS
peterballb
Only one way to find out if this transfer window was a success & that`s where we finish & whether we fail or achieve .It`s a fine article but i don`t agree with some of it .Friedel is average & not better than Gomes so poor signing .Parker is best when he`s the big fish in a small pond ,again not a good signing & both mid table players at best ,you way overrate them .Adebayor on loan is the only good signing ,especially being on loan . Deadwood players gone is a major plus & no more Crouch is just fantastic .I love .It`s good to try & take positives out of a bad situation but the truth is us spurs fans are guilty of overrating some of our own players .Mid table October almost everyone connected with spurs will be calling for Harrys head .Getting rid of Harry Redknapp would have been a successful window but he`s still here so it`s impossible for it to be called one .Spurs fans now must brace themselves for a stormy season because it`s going to get rocky .Levy was right NOT to give Harry no money though ,save it for the next boss .This season will be chaotic & a complete disaster .It will become a season that we will just have to write off .Would not be surprised if Harry jumps before he`s pushed & resigns October /November .Too many players are unhappy & just no longer get on with H.R .Drama at the lane awaits us
big cockeral
"the likelihood of teams stopping to go in for our players because of Levy's stance is about as likely as it is for us stopping going after players below us that we want, like Parker and Pienaar"

as i said, no club is immune. man utd couldnt keep ronaldo, my point is that we'll get less offers and the offers we do receive will be less aggressive. Our image at the moment is that we'll always accept as long as the players head is turned. That needs to change. If we do sell, we should sell on our terms as arsenal did with Henry and Viera.
Guyver
Hotspur58, Harry's last 54 games in charge have yielded 3 points more than Ramos did and one less title.

Dubai, i doubt either Bale or Sandro would even consider signing an extension. They will run their contracts to the end. Pav will walk for free at year's end. Adebayor will be gone. Parker and Pienaar are unmovable 30+ with us for 4 more years. How will that be better than Keane/Pav? I'm happy we moved guys on, but then most of that should have been done many windows ago. COYS
peterballb
Always love Big C's comments, very realistic they are.
COYS_TSB
peterballb, Bale's contract runs to 2015, I believe. Sandro's is similarly long. In both cases, at least a couple of years will pass before renewal needs to be considered. As for their willingness to renew, it depends on a few factors. Firstly, how long we keep Modric for. Personally I believe he'll be off next summer come rain or shine, unless we either have a gloriously succesful season or bump his contract beyond the 100k a week mark, which is beyond our power to do at the moment. If we let him go next season for a lower fee than the ones we rejected this season (we'll let him go for 30 million pounds or so, is my guess) it will display one blindly obvious fact to our players; we're not averse to them leaving. Heaven knows, we're not wealthy enough to reject super-offers for our stars every year. But if they do want to move, they'll have to a)go about their requests with a bit more discreetness than Modders did, and b) accept that we will not sell early into a long-deal. That's all. We won't declare that we're absolutely never selling them, we are likely merely trying to enforce the facts that moaning in public like Berbatov did, and Modders has now attempted to do, will do no good when to comes to transfers away, and that we are not averse to selling, merely that we will do it on our own terms. I don't see either of those being a significant block to our players' willingness to sign long-term deals. It's merely what every other club in the league does, after all. Of course, all of the above depends on Modric being sold next season (as I think he will be) and so there may well be a hint of obstinacy when it comes to trying to get either Sandro or Bale to sign new contracts atm, but it's nothing that can't be smoothed over by the time August 2012 rolls around.
DubaiSpur
Have to agree very good article and Im with muttley here, it's a 7 outta 10 window, could have been better, would have preferred Diarra to Parker, and another striker, and a defender, but aint that bothered we didn't sign Cahill, so props to Levy. Im also not in belief that the lack of signing means it's Harry last season, I think if Levy doesn't want Harry, he would get rid of him straight.
Ossie
Good points as always BigC and peterballb. This is going to be a long and depressing season. My real fear is that we finish outside of the European places by next May. This is a very likely scenario I'm afraid. Then Harry walks away (assuming he hasn't gone / been pushed before then). What do we then have to offer a new manager and any new / existing star players we'd like to keep at or bring to WHL? We can't offer a title challenge, we won't be able to offer CL or Europa League football and we can't even pay decent wages to help us compete. We need to be realistic and dispassionate, looking at the attractiveness of Spurs as a proposition for a manager or players. We need to take our heads out of the sand and look at it the way non-Spurs fans will be when looking at it when deciding to join or not to join our club as either manager or player. If you had better job offers available you wouldn't join a company that offers you less pay, less prospects of success and less exposure would you?
SpuriousLife
peterballb, we most likely will sell Modric at the end of this season. Only a phenomenally succesful campaign or the offer of a massively improved contract would sway his mind, and we don't look particularly like being able to achieve either. So we will, in all likelihood, sell come August 2012, probably for a lower fee than the ones we rejected this year (30 million pounds would do it, I think). So in doing so, we will prove one point to the likes of Sandro and Bale; we are not averse to selling them, we merely will do it on our own terms. It reinforces the perception the chairman's trying to forge; i.e, that moaning to the press and making transfer affairs public is not going to earn anyone a transfer, and that the club will not sell a player when he is early into a long-term contract. Both are reasonable enough diktats; after all, it's what every other club in the league does. we're merely trying to enforce it here at Spurs, three years too late (Berba). So, at the moment, yes, there may be hesitancy on the part of messrs. Bale and Sandro to extend their contracts, but next summer, when we have hopefully let Modders go and displayed to them that a transfer away will happen if they wish it, just as long as it's on the club's terms and as long as it's done in private, without any airing of the club's dirty laundry in public, I think they'll be a lot more amenable to doing so. Chin up mate.
DubaiSpur
Guyver, every team faces it. Smaller teams with their best players, top teams with their squad players. That won't change and Levy's stance won't change it. Assuming the bid was 40M or 30M plus Alex, did Levy do what was best for Spurs? I don't believe so. Time will tell. ManU sold Ronaldo because he wanted to go and because the price was right. Levy left himself no way out. Modric will not become happy any more than a deserving employee promised a raise or a promotion will be when he doesn't get it. The trust has been broken and it doesn't matter who is right. End result is, he is ours, we turned down the deal. History will judge whether it was the correct decision.

I have made many decisions based on principle in my day. I felt comfortable with the decision every time and knew what the results could be. Some were great, some good, some awful. The latter were almost all as a result if spite or bravado. If the only one who suffers is you when you make a point, was it worth it? COYS
peterballb
Great piece, first one I have ever read right through and agreed with.....common sense!!
ralphcoateshairpiece
Aargh, double post. Hate when that happens. Never mind, choose either one as a response to your well-made points, peterballb.;)
DubaiSpur
Definite relegation fodder.
nikolaijns
Dubai, the players already know that. We sold Carrick, Keane and Berbatov on our terms. Each club wanted to pay less. We held out and got what we wanted. No one forced us. They were the right business decisions. You are basically suggesting that we didn't do a deal we should have to make a point. We are going to have players refuse to sign long term deals which, in the real world, is to the benefit of the club and the player. Short term contracts are ways to the benefit of the young player while long term ones are to the benefit of players. I can't condone this move as best for the club. COYS
peterballb
If its a stormy, shaky, deppresing season...no need to brace our selves. Were used to that. Proper weatherd in some of us. You know why? Becasue EVERY season recently bar two have been like that. Old news. So predicting the same going forward is just accepting the worst part of being a Spurs fan. Same old Spurs.....Hows about we follow suit of the two decent seasons weve had in ages? The current team got us that. Its down to them now. Like it or not. You either want to support and get behind them or you dont and just accept that we will have a normal Spurs season. Its the easiest thing in the world to sit here and say....ahhh Spurs are going to be ***** this year. We have been before, we will be again. Then if they do better than that its a bonus, nothing lost. Great article DubiSpurs - Cant wait till our next game.
SpursOne2
I will make bets that Modric will come back from International duty with a knock and sit out the next game. As to all of you who think he will play like he did last year...WHY? I just want to know why he would want to please Levy! At 20 mil there was an argument of why not to sell but at 40 mil there is no debate anymore from "Modrics mind". The truth is if he performs as he did last year his value will once again go up and he understands that! If he performs he is even more unlikely to make a move and there is no payoff from the players perspective to play 100% because he will feel its no good. You can blab about the contract all you want it does not matter that is a piece of paper and no there is nothing in it that says you must play at this % to get paid because Jenas, Palacios, ect just sucked and still got paid. Crouch can score 2 goals a season and still get paid! There is no point for Modric to play like he did last year so I am shocked we kept him. This will do us no good for the team morale nor for him. I just want to ask why you think he will play like he did last year when he wants out. This isn't Modric vs HR!(they are doing fine) this is a Modric vs Levy and he isnt here to make deals with Levy because an improved contract means he resigns a longer contract! That isn't happening!
RagingSpur
Dubaispur (Great article mate), well I got your attention, I did say I seem to be the only lilywhite wearer. I did actually see Bale and Defoe (shirts) in Goa last season, cellebrating the win in Milan. don't worry I sent them home again. so its not so dire out here. The Indians know Bale almost as well as Sachin Tendulker(cant remember how to spell it). Regarding another post critisising my faith in Redknapp, comparing Harry to Ramos, that's just nuts. All the Spaniard achieved was to dismantle Martin Jols good work. Are you serious?
hotspur58
Good article Dubai which I think has the correct perspectives on our current situation. Now we will see whether the manager, coaching staff and players are able to wok to their abilities. As fans we have been let down over several months by the underperformance of all of these...time they showed what they are made of
Forever Spurs
RagingSpur - I think he will want to play football. He hasnt fallen out with any team mates? And he needs to also play for himself and carear. Sulking around wont help him? If so how?
SpursOne2
SpursOne2 - You're right but the frustration is that it didn't need to be hard, ***t or depressing. With a bit of wise investment in the playing staff and a restructured management team we could have gone on and improved on what we have achieved in the past 2 seasons. Instead we have gone backwards. That is what is hard to take. Nobody is fooled by Harry's positive up-talk last night and today. He's not overly impressed with the squad he's now got to work with. He hasn't got the ability to make us better and he is now reliant on players that lack motivation, hunger, desire and any real leaders to take us forward. Clearly Levy is looking beyond Harry. It's what happens between now and then that is the worry. Yes we've all been through the crap times as Spurs fans but then it was because we were crap. The difference is that we have now chosen to become crap when we didn't need to be.
SpuriousLife
Glad Modric is still at Spurs, just wish it were what he wanted. It's not and there will be an effect as a result. We'd better start winning and quick or this will be ugly. COYS
peterballb
spursone2, Sulking has proved to be the modern day exit when you want out. I don't agree with it just like I do want to keep our best players as anybody else does but to reject around 40 mil for an unhappy player! Insane! He has a great relationship with HR and many of the players and he will play but I don't see him being the same player because the man who controls his destiny will not let him leave just because he is giving it his all! Especially if he does it again. At 20 mil I would say alright this is ridiculous to sell but at 40 mil? We will be lucky to see those digits again for him. 45k isnt going to keep him here nor is a non CL who did nothing to improve there squad.
RagingSpur
GUYS - Just before half way down the page (on the link), there are a few snippets of the Next Gen game against Inter..

http://www.totaltottenham.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10&start=10
coopsieyid
Interesting article on Sky Sports on Jamie Redkanpp's views of the transfer window (for what its worth!). Said Hutton and Harry didn't hit it off, thought he was a man manager (?) and that Ruiz is one of the buys of the window, why didn't his Dad see that? Ruiz fits perfectly in the squad as a striker/winger. Anyway, maintain my stance that it was just an ok transfer window. Needed a CB and a 4th striker to make it perfect.
Pride 1882
Spurious - Yes mate. Allways a tough cookie for us. Harry will go. He will theres no question on that. I hope that we dont go backwards with his replacement. Because he (i know you hate this) has taken us forward from where we were.....Just not far enough for some, in the time he has been here (believe me if i had to pick a manger to win us the league, there are other managers well above him i would pick...no offence to him). He said in an interview he though he had got the most out of the squad which is why we needed investment and other players out. Lets see what he does now. The next bloke to manage us might be another Gross? As for us choosing to be crap? i cant agree on that.... Weve kept key players, got rid off fringe and brought in more players to freshen things up. Thats positive. Its down to them now.
SpursOne2
The pessimism on here is frightening - we have a better squad than Le Arse & Scouse and still people are sying that we'll finish mid table!
COYS_TSB
My thoughts on the summer transfer dealings. Happy: (1) We got an established front man, who i think will have a great season as he has a point to prove and also always seems to start well at new clubs. (2) Parker - while not my no.1 target - is an upgrade on Wilson, and didnt really cost us anything (3) Levy made a point by keeping Modric, hopefully Chelsea and the like have now got message and will make proper and not derisary offers if they want our players in future (i am not naive enough to believe we can now keep our players from them long term without CL) (4) Niko stayed (which i thought impossible in May) and Jenas left (which i thought impossible in May), definatelythe right way round. Not a Jenas hater, but he was mr average for us too often (probably no better than Livermore really now who will also now get more games) but Niko is a better player. (5) We have shifted playerse we didn't need and (6) we did not lose anybody who was vital to us last season, and that squad finished 5th and should really have overook Arsenal if we hadn't taken our eyes off the road. Less happy with: (1) Too many loaned out, we will probably have to go through all this again next summer with Jenas, Bentley - we need to resolve these issues properly (2) We probably could have done with at least one more player in, probalby two. Dawson/Kaboul individuall and as a partnership have looked shaky (but i believe they are better players than 8 in 2 game suggest) and with Gallas/King not long term answers we will still need again resolve this fully next window. (3) If Pav is unhappy (again? he supposedly wanted a new contract 3 weeks ago ffs), we should have tried to cash in now rather than let him run down his final year of contract and lose him for nothing. I reckon we could have got similar fee to what we got for Crouch, and while i was not gutted to see Crouch leave, we could have kept him another year and still got SOMETHING for him, which we cant with Pav. I like Pav as a player, but if he is not going to sign a new deal we should have made more effort to get rid. All in all, i was a bit disappointed last night but when i looked at squad today in full i still think we are on a part with Liverpool and Arsenal and will be competitive for Top 4, we have improved generally on last year and added a few promising younsters. Biggest surprise to me was Gio was still here considering how many clubs were credited with an interest. Maybe he is finally going to get a chance, perhaps deputising for VDV over next 2 months? (Probably unlikely, but he seems to be okay for everybody but us so why not give him a shot)
maxfield123
KB71 - You may be interested in this bit ;-). Nice little quote here from Sherwood re. the youngster in yesterday's match: "Souleymane Coulibaly was unbelievable. He played up front on his own, absolutely battered their two centre-halves and scored two goals"...

Guys, he can play upfront ON HIS OWN :-)
coopsieyid
COYS_TSB, agree no way will we finish mid table (I take it mid table means from 7th to 14th-ish!). We will be battling for 4th with Le Ar*e and Liverpool. We did enough in the transfer window to do that. Think if we could have added a couple more quality players, we could have been aiming higher but we are still in the mix.
Pride 1882
I had more spelling mistakes then our "strikers" scored goals last season ! Lmao X^D, still I had just woken up. Ah Dannism I had written something very different to you but I have chosen to go with these words instead. £40M is NOT a fair price & I'll break it down AGAIN ! We purchased him for £16.5M when NOBODY had any faith in him. His value DOUBLED after the Euro's = £33M. Now after a few seasons under us he's transformed into 1 of the BEST CM's in the modern game & he's on a long contract being paid £75k p/w. You started the new price structure & the wages, so YOU live with the monster RA created & City have themselves taken to another level. Putting in £40M even if it was a day before the window closed is a farce, now had you guys done that & included either Sturridge or Alex it would've been acceptable in a normal situation, HAD Levy 3 months ago NOT stated that.... Exactly, this is a clear message that other Chairmen need to take up (yes, that also means Levy has to conduct himself better when purchasing future players), we will NOT be bullied by clubs with more money, end of. Whilst it has been fun to watch the craziness of football lately, it has also been a shocking highlight to the term "new money" ! The game was on shaky ground before Roman bought your Club, remember when players such as Roy Keane who had led his victorious Club to numerous titles & cups was on £50K p/w. He was earning £2.6M (before bonuses & image rights etc) a year on MERIT, NOT coz Utd had money to WASTE ! How much have you already paid Torres for his single & EXTREMELY fortunate goal ? If he's on the £150K p/w or more then Terry & Lamps then so far you've paid him at least £4.65M on his BASIC wage (@ £150k), now if you can WASTE money like that then you can DEFINITELY pay a players current day worth & NOT mug Spurs off in the process. Instead your Club has disrupted OURS, so obviously we're angry @ your manner & yet triumphant that we have Modric still as OUR player. COYS
True Spurs Supporter
i was creaming when i read that too coops! the Soulman is going to tear it up in a big big way & I cannot wait!!! COYFS!!
jesusthedevil
Does anyone have a definitive answer to whether Falque is a Loan with AN OPTION TO BUY? This is what it says on Wikipedia but I know how unreliable that it. It just makes no sense to me to sign him unless we do have that option as he will be taking up a squad position - though hasn't been given one on the official site yet and is never mentioned when Harry talks about our signings this window!?
MJBSpur
MJBSpur - Yes, we do have the option to buy, it said that on the Juventus official site.
COYS_TSB
Syd, "Levy cannot run a football club if it is based on 'If'". Ask anyone on here who has ever managed a project of any size involving millions of pounds (I have) and they will tell you that coming up with ablue-sky analysis of a situation and a plan to go with it will usually result in the client testing that analysis and plan to death and asking where are the contingencies. That's what real businessmen do before embarking on a project. Dubai's excellent article read like a cross between an Alistair Campbell description of a tu*d which makes it seem like a block of gold and a plan for the season. If you don't ask "what if" then at some point when the stuff hits the fan there is, as the Arsenal fans say about thier manager, no Plan B. IMO the contingencies that we needed were at least one CB who knows how to play that position and doesn't break down every other game, another CM to cover for injuries, both mental and physical, and another striker. We don't have those contingencies except in the younger players, who may well step up to the plate but will require some nurturing along the way. And that represents the risk. As Frank says, it looks as if this season is a possible write-off, but just how bad it could be will depend on injuries. As for buying in January, if Levy is not willing to spend now, then he will find prices in January even less to his liking. Most of you think Harry is a cr*p manager, so if you are right, that coupled with a couple (more) of key injuries and being up the smelly creek without a paddle comes to mind.
Harry-Kari
I always see, `out` of the European places as being mid-table .For me 6th - 14th is mid table & 6th where we`ll end up .We will win the top of the mid table league wahey .There`s always been 3 mini leagues in the EPl ,top ,middle & bottom ,& just as we start to cement being in the top one we fall back out of it .It`s like the EPL`s own little relegation battle .Will we get relegated to mid -table & Liverpool promoted ? i think so
big cockeral
Hotspur58 - I know that you said 'Seems', mate. However, you know when a newsflash appears in the middle of sopmething you're watching on TV, and they are reporting that a family has been slaughtered in their nice quiet neighbourhood home? And you know how they always discover it was the dad/husband who did the slaughtering, before turning the gun on himself? Well what is it that the neighbours always say when the news reporter is interviewing them? Oh yeah, "he 'seemed' like such a good guy, we got on with him well"...

My point? Well it's obvious. Harry is going to slaughter his family and shoot himself in the face!! Oh, wait a minute, that wasn't my point at all. My point is, not everythiing is awlays as it 'seems'..

I'm not sure if it was BigC? But somebody on here described Redknapp as something of a 'fireman'. As in, he's excellent at coming into a club that is facing relegation, and extinguishing the flames of relegation. However, once the fire is out (relegation avoided) he's done the job that he is good at, and can do no more. Redknapp should have gone as soon as our safety was confirmed. Just my opinion!!
coopsieyid
Worse transfer window ever , unfortunatley i spent more wondering whos going than coming in and frankly im devestated Parker and Adebayor i expected more than that , back to top 10 finishes for Spurs, going back 2 steps instead of 2 steps forward, Modprick should have been sold and spent on fresh faces and what the hell happened with Leandro i presumed he would replace Crouch seeing as we have only Defoe,Pav and Adebayor available and that vdv in out for at least a month and why the hell does my fag keep going out while i write this message
LastJudgeB4God
Falque was always a WTF signing to me. A Barca reject, never made a cap for juventus, and what says he will for us? I don't get it! I just can't understand some of the little signings we make.
RagingSpur
If he was just a fireman he wouldn't have been able to get as far as he did in the Champions League would he?
Tony Rocky Horror
Coopsieyid -just your opninion & i agree with it. Harry is a fixer not a maker .Fail to plan is a plan to fail
big cockeral
**Just like to say I owe a big apology to Raging, Frank, Peterballb and anyone else who I told to "keep the faith" in the last 2 months. I kept the faith and it has bitten me on the ar$e, takes a big man to admit where he's wrong, this is me admitting I was wrong. Nice to get rid of the dross yesterday, I'm not sure selling our entire subs-bench is the way forward though. I stand corrected, said the man in the orthopaedic shoes.
Chrissybwoy
Big C, I agree with the 3 mini league thing in the PL. I have always thought the same. Our year getting in was because a team sold there best player and dropped out. After that they realized there mistake and over invested and now are surely going to make it back to the top 4. I always got called the negative one! Always! While we were in top 4 my only fear was this moment. Everyone rides the wave when things are good but they dont realize how close it is from going away if we dont get another top 4(as did happen)! We were maybe 30-50m in investments in players away from being a top 4 team more consistently. Seriously!?! Yes! Sell the deadwood 1-3 transfer windows ago (gio,bently,jenas,palacios,hudd,bassong, or whoever was not being used) and we can fund at least 50% of that investment while signing 2-3 great 1st team players! while getting rid of players who start 0-5 times a year and lowering our wages! This year Modric may become the enemy for most fans but IF! and I promise that IF we dont get 4th this year this team will crash and burn because not a chance in the world VdV, Bale, and Modric will be happy with no CL for 2 years!
RagingSpur
Coopsie -but no i didn`t say that but have said similar .A fireman is a good one though
big cockeral
I hope the VDV injury leads to one of Kranjcar or Giovani being played up front. Can't see Gio being played, but Redknapp's become slightly more flexible about playing Kranjcar centrally, but too deep. I think up front he could work well with a clever striker like Adebayor. My team against Wolves (depending on further injuries of course) would be : Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou Ekotto, Townsend, Parker, Modric, Bale, Kranjcar, Adebayor with a bench of Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, Huddlestone, Giovani, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.
bernio3000
Chrissy, I wish you were right mate! I still love the Spurs as much as I ever did but the taste of glory does spoil us fans and the players as well. We all pay top dollar for merchandise and tickets to matches and it really sucks when transfer windows end in disappointment consistently. FFS! How much money have we pocketed in recent years?! The stadium is always sold out! Every year we buy new kits! We just pocketed CL glory! Sold a load of players who were not used! And we sign Scott Parker?! Seriously?! If our team last year didnt get 4th what will happen this year. We are the only team in the top 6 who didn't invest! I don;t care if i dont rate Liverpools players the truth is they invested and improved unlike us. I just fear we fall back to 8-10th place and that is with this team! Imagine then losing our best players...its really a reality!
RagingSpur
just read the post and i must say that it is one of the most thought out and well presented posts i have read on here. well done dubai spurs. i will also say that i agree with about 98% of it. now will you post it to a certain mr h rednapp asap. ps, send a copy to mr d levy as well.
oldtimeyid
Bernio, Kranjcar can be played in CM vs teams like Wolves who have no intent to attack us and will find it hard to expose us. I even remember Modric in CM the first few games and he was somewhat lost in when to go forward and to go back. No I would never play Kranjcar vs City or Man U but vs mid-table or lower...most of the time yes. VdV or Kranjcar? with rotation both should play similar minutes as neither is 90 min man and they can always be a like-for-like replacement.
RagingSpur
Liverpool & City faltering def went in our favour .Harry had a mixture of luck & good timing & good management ,you don`t get top 4 with just luck & so he did do some really good things,but no question that luck was needed It was a combination ,of timing ,luck & brilliance , ,but never brilliance alone .Harry is now not getting that luck ,City & Liverpool are no longer faltering & his management skills are getting very questionable.Noone can deny he brought some brilliance to the job ,especially in the CL .Harry is all out of fairy dust
big cockeral
what brilliance did he bring big c? i cant think of 1 thing he did that was brilliant! he did his job on occasions but thats about it.
oldtimeyid
and did anyone else think in that interview with ssn last night he looked like a kid that was just told there is no santa?
oldtimeyid
Thing is Raging, I wasn't expecting Rossi, Hulk, Falcao or anyone like that, they are way out of our league. I was just hoping for someone to come in and freshen the place up a bit. Adebayor on loan, although a good player, where does he leave us in 12 months time? If he has a great season he'll probably be off again plying his trade somewhere else. Agree with anyone who has said that this is Levy clearing the decks for the next man, Harry is slowly and rightly being marginalised. When I watched the interview with him leaving Spurs Lodge last night, he very much reminded me of a man in an old people's home, smiling and talking rubbish as per usual, and as always was only too happy to have a mic shoved in his face, he treats Spurs like a day trip to the beach. Levy knows Harry's time is almost up. We all do. Now it's just a case of waiting and hoping that clinical depression can be staved-off for the next 12 months whilst we travel backwards to the mediocrity that we struggled to emerge from for all those years. On a final note, props to Levy for actually not caving-in and selling Modric, although our chairman screwed us again this window, I admire that he *****ed the Chavs off with their oh-so-high-and-mighty "bigger club" drivel that they've been spouting for the last 3 months. Glad someone made a stand and took the power back, even if it is only a minor victory.
Chrissybwoy
Chrissy, I hope you were right and I was wrong. We'll see. Still believe we have the talent to be in for third. Props to you though. COYS
peterballb
the selling of crouch exploded a myth which most of us thought would never ever happen: that while harry was here crouch was mega untouchable. it could be that no bids came in for pav but I always thought pav would be the next to go after psb and even defoe thereafter, leaving crouch (harry's favourite or so we thought) as the last of the misfiring strikers still at the club. but low and behold in came stoke and out went crouch!!! I think most spurs fans, if not all, must have instintively yelled a collective "YES!!!" and punched the air with joy upon hearing that bit of transfer news. If the decision to sell 2MP was yours, then I salute you sir harry. now we are left with ade, defoe, pav, vdv and hopefully gio will also be given a fighting chance. lets hope our strikers click and the goals start to flow again. if that happens then top 4 could be a definite possibility irrespective of our poor start to the season.
neymar
PeterB is factually correct with his assessments, and as i've said all along, Harry will leave us (hopefully next summer) in a complete mess with no plan. Like all the clubs he's ever been at. It all comes back to Levy for not only employing him but extending his contract. The club needs Levy to sort the stadium, bring in a new DoF and a younger manager and most importantly some kind of plan. But i've been saying all that for the last 2 years. On a positive note, we still have a fantastic playing squad which is capable, given the Scum's problems, of challenging top 4 and maybe winning a trophy, i have high hopes for the Europa - thats if Harry takes it seriously ofcourse!
StillRickyVilla
Tony, the CL ride was great, but it wasn't tactics that got the job done. We, through terrible preparation almost blew it against Young Boys. We made, what looked on paper, it through a very tough group in the group stages. Yet the chasm of quality between the other leagues and the EPL is shocking (as Arsenal again proved). our first real test was RM and, like the last 2 games, we capitulated. Enjoyed the games immensely, but the talent carried us through. Pav, Bale and Lennon all made huge game/tie changing plays. Not as a result of strategy, but sheer talent. Inter and AC were terrible and they got it handed to them by lesser squads than Spurs. Harry was part of it, to be sure, but talent carried the day. COYS
peterballb
Raging you keep saying when we made top 4 you kept sayin we wouldn't maintain it, but Ithink the majority of us knew with the resources Man City had, and the lack of investment we made in that summer, and being the first year in the CL, that 5th a realistic position for us last season.
Ossie
Funny how the beginning of the article the posts were about the transfer window, the second half is about Harry(again!!!!!!)
Ossie
Isn't it wonderful! Dubai writes one of the best, and most positive, postings ever seen on here, and we still get doom and gloom from certain (predictable) quarters! Do these people really support our lovely club, or do they just like running it down?
Flycatcher
@peter, you can't say AC or Inter Milan weren't a real test last season. Granted they're not as feared now as they used to be, but make no mistake they're both still in the top 6 or 7 clubs in Europe, easily. Chelsea think they're a big club, you have to laugh, both Milan clubs are enormous compared to them. Don't forget Inter won the treble the season prior, if it had been a knock-out competition for those games then we would have still gone through. To have a good record against both Milan clubs is an achievement, it's not an amazing achievement, but one none the less, have a bit of pride chap. I thought we did alright for our first (and maybe last lol) time in the Champions League.
Chrissybwoy
I don't think we were better than Inter, we just happened to have Gareth Bale in our team for both nights.
Chrissybwoy
chrissy, def not our last time in champions league. maybe not next season but def when arry has gone.
oldtimeyid
Yes it is interesting isn't it Flycatcher. How dare people praise the article, rightly, and then go on to express their own personal and individual opinion. Shame on them!! Night fellas
coopsieyid
Neymar, as it has been reported, Levy was the one to tell Crouch that if he stayed he would not necessarily have a squad place come September. What does that have to do with Harry? I'm sure after all of Defoe, Pav and Crouch all said they had no intention of leaving, Levy said to Harry, fine we'll do a loan for Adebayor, but one of Pav or Crouch is going and it's going to be the one that will bring in the most. Pav has looked disinterested for half a year, has one year left and has no intention of leaving or taking less money. Defie has looked much better since the 100 goal shirt fiasco, so there was only ever one option. The favourite will now be Adebayor and that finally matches the entitlement to the ability. Pav is basically unmovable for anything more than 5 or 6M. In January, he'll only go if he gets the same or better wages through 2013 when he becomes eligible for citizenship. His family are settled in London, and much like Keane, Crouch or any other player, they'll wait it out rather than take less. I'm sure if Adebayor or Bellamy went to City and said wrip up the contract and let me walk, they'd have done it. But they both knew no one was going to give similar wages. Bellamy went subsidized to Cardiff and Ade has come subsidized to us on loan. Everyone is noble until the money or advantage comes in to the equation. Modric was no doubt happy but at treble the wages and playing in CL he'd be happier. Thus, all in perspective, he is now not happy at Spurs. COYS
peterballb
Redknapps a Fireman Coopsie ??? He dam well better be, cause you wont catch me *****ing on him to put out the flames ;-)
Born&BredSpur
I think that the last few transfer windows have highlighted the fact that Spurs now really need a director of football. I get the club do not really trust Redknapp with his signings,but Levy is not the answer either. He is too much about balancing the books and is not a football man. The Modric mess proves this. Every player has his price. Barcelona would sell Messi if a club bid £150 million. I think Chelsea's first two bids for Modric were insulting and way under value but if and it is a big if they did bid £40 million for him we should have sold. There is no way he is worth more than Fab at the scummers. If Modric scored goals then maybe he would be worth more. I still can not believe Chelsea were not reported for tapping Modric up though. I still can not believe we did not have a big money signing in too lift the club.
nothappyharry
lovely article dubai,looking at it from that angle its not so bad......if all our players are fit we have one hell of a squad....one of the young forwards have to step up,simple
rovinella62spurs
anyone watching England Under 21 VS Azerbajian Under 21 later?
what_sux
what side is it on?
oldtimeyid
I admire your optimism oldtimeyid, I used to be a glass half-full type, it's on the wane somewhat these days. We're stuck in limbo at the minute, we could go backwards very quickly. On another note Levy definitely was in charge of the Crouch transfer. Harry stated that Crouch was an "unbelievable player" the other day, and it was a perfectly true statement, no-one can actually believe that he's made it as a professional footballer and made millions in the process, unbelievable. I'm suddenly thinking we'll do a lot better without Crouch around, maybe it'll be the thing that means we actually have a real chance of making top 4, knowing that he won't be there to chip in with his 1 goal every 5 or 6 games. Maybe we'll actually try and play football, seeing as Adebayor is good with his feet and with his back to goal. Or...maybe Dawson will just continue to bypass the midfield. Why do we even buy midfielders, just play five at the back and five upfront with our philosophy. We were second only to Birmingham in the long balls we played last season, shameful behaviour for us. Harry said we play 'proper' football, my ar$e we do. We couldn't beat teams who sit back last season because our only plan is to counter-attack and you can't do that when they put eleven men behind the ball. The fact that Crouch was 'Plan A' tells you all you need to know about how dire our philosophy was. Harry would never have sold him, the fact that Levy did was maybe my only bright spot of yesterday. My jury is out on Scott Parker, it's easy to look like a gem when you're surrounded by turd, as he was at West Ham. It would be nice if he did well but I'm not holding my breath. We need to stop buying players from relegated clubs, Bassong was another.
Chrissybwoy
"The chairman stood firm over Luka," he told Sky Sports News. "I think £40million was apparently offered yesterday. Whether that is true or not, it is what I heard." Harry Redknapp talking bollox again , Now tell me that`s convincing , i think he just got that reading the daily mail or listening to talksport .Does Harry even talk to Levy ? Quote "Whether that is true or not ,what i heard " & use of the word "apparently ".Yeah heard it from the same ITK bollox we read .C`mon Harry get a grip will ya ,no wonder Levy no longer trusts him ,i wouldn`t trust Harry to clean my toilet .
big cockeral
Chrissy, Inter won the treble, but were likely not even in the top 5 squads in Europe that year. As you mentioned, great individual efforts won the day. That's exactly what I said. Inter getting the treble had a lot to do with coaching. RM, Barca, ManU and Chelsea were miles ahead. Since then, Inter and AC aren't much better while City is now better and here comes Liverpool again. A very weak Arsenal brushed aside Udinese. As I said, there is a huge chasm on quality in our league and the others. Fulham made the Europa finals with a decidedly average team and a manager that can do no right in the PL. For the record, I never slagged our CL performance. Great while it lasted. Showed us what we needed to go forward, but should never have been the priority. Getting top 4 again should have been and we finished below two squads that are no better than we were. That's my beef. It's not acceptable, given the talent and the resources. COYS
peterballb
Can someone help me out here? With LA Galaxy soccer season back in cycle and is it correct Beckhams contract ends when the season does, which as i understand, is not that long. You know we could end up with him coming to us? I did mention this before as well, i can see Pav being sold in January, before his contract is up in the summer and replaced by Leandro during the Jan window. But lets press on with the next few months until then and start winning some games ......... And a big thank you to Mr D Levy, for getting shot of Crouch, as long as Arry remembers when he submits his team sheet vs Wolves.....just so we don't get a FA fine.
spu 4 life
it's clear that this is probably last year of Harry as our head coach, but i do have concerns will he give his 100% in coaching Spurs??
what_sux
peter, I agree with what you say, all I was mentioning is that Inter and Milan still had very good players on those nights, Eto'o and Sneijder, Ibramhimovic and Robinho to name only two from each. I agree with the coaching sentiment, it's almost like Harry won those games by accident in europe. I don't rate Benitez personally and was surprised at just how quickly he managed to dismantle Mourinho's successful era.
Chrissybwoy
spu 4 life, Beckham's contract expires in November.
Chrissybwoy
Oh and I don't think we can register him until January if he does end up here.
Chrissybwoy
appreciate the explanation peterballb - and assuming what u say is fact then what it means is that levy is now calling the shots and harry is nothing more than a dead man walking. I rather like that! If the team doesnt perform as expected then out goes harry. if we perform then top 4 here we come and everyone is happy. I like the idea that levy is watching harry and not letting him get away with his hidden agenda's, which led to the demise of all of his previous clubs.
neymar
Spu, the thing with Pav is he'll be able to talk to foreign clubs several months before English ones. That'll create an interesting scenario, if any English clubs want him, they could have to bid in January, and they might have to make a pretty decent offer.
LizardSpur
Chrissybwoy, I think we may be able to register a free agent if we leave a spot vacant until then?
LizardSpur
Chrissy, I hear what you are saying. On Beckham, I'm pretty sure you can add players at any time so long as you have room under the 25, which I think we do. The only time you can drop players and thus replace guys on the 25 man list is in the window. Thus, if I have correctly understood, we could add him when he is out of contract. COYS
peterballb
was a good article but seems like alot of it is spin, we have a better striker and thats about it,if he gets injured we are screwed.. kaboul and dawson just arnt up to the job, one if not both need replaced. parker is short term answer til sandro is back which was needed i suppose and freidal ??? why not buy givan who u would get 4 or 5 years out off, to me it doesn't make sense.. On harry himself his team selections and tactics are getting worse and all he seems to want to do is talk s***e to his pals in the press.. Going to be an interesting few months to see if he can get things or its bye bye harry
flakey yid
Ok thanks Peter and Lizard, I wasn't sure if players could still be registered after the window. We do have space for him then if that's the case, maybe that's why we loaned Bentley, we don't have proper cover for Lennon on the right otherwise. Glad we got Keane and Crouch off the wage-bill though, gives us a chance to re-invest that money at some point, hopefully.
Chrissybwoy
what_sux -I also have my doubts as to whether harry will give 100%. It looks like his aim was to reach CL which we already did. unless we won it he was always just going to be happy with getting to the k/o stage of CL. I believe that in order to match success on the level of what alex ferguson has achieved at mancs there needs to exist a burning desire amongst the players to achieve a certain level of accomplishment at the club. if the squad is technically good enough and the mental desire for success is programmed into the core players then the manager's job is made so much easier. but if money is the main motivating factor but at the same time we are not paying top dollar then midtable mediocrity accompanied by player revolts (modric) will become the rule rather than the exception.
neymar
Gentleman, some really interesting and commendable debate. Really cannot offer anything else, as all bases have been covered from both parties. It does make for some excellent, insightful and as always humorous reading. Many thanks. I'm sorry though, I'm one of the concerned few that believes we may have turbulent times ahead.
thenuge
....and we're still lumbered with Pav.Gawd help us: he's killing himself laughing.Sat on the bench and an occasional stroll around as sub...no sweat,easy money.
wentworth
Great article DubaiSpur and some great comments, it's taken me most of the day between work assignments to read through them all. My take on the window was that it was disappointing in that we didn't do enough, mainly because as usual we left things too late. That was illustrated most obviously with the Cahill deal falling through and no plan B. The positives for me were that we did shift some of the fringe players and got rid of quite a few high earners at the club. We signed albeit on loan a quality striker who can play in a 4-5-1 and we didn't sign J Cole or Bellamy or Hargreaves. We also kept Modric and our other top players which I think is great and DL has actually gone up in my estimation for that reason. I was sure that he would sell Modric at the last minute when the bid was right, but he didn't, so Kudos to DL. I'm one who is happy to still have Modric, I understand the counter argument regarding players and contract extensions, but all those things are based on individual cases. It's very hard to predict what individual players will do. Usually, if it is in their best interest to sign a contract extension, they will. I think people have to think back to when we sold big players in the past, who did we get to replace them? Carrick sold 18M, bought Zokora, Berbatov sold 31M bought Pav, Keane sold 21M, bought well Keane. All the the replacements were inferior, even Keane was after his Liverpool humiliation and it set us back. I would rather have an 80% Modric playing for us than some donkey that HR pulled out of his arse as a replacement. The negatives, We didn't get a second striker or a fit competent CB, so we are light at both ends of the pitch STILL. Bentley and Jenas are still our players, but hopefully they will go in the next window, and I'm not convinced about Friedel or Parker. Our GK position is a mess. In summary, it's sort of a limbo transfer window and gives an indication to me anyway that HR won't be with us next season, as hopefully DL quite rightly is keeping money back for a new man to spend when the time is right. I'm sure all will be revealed.
Cleveland ARTSPURS
cant wait now for you boys to come down to the molineux.yes ur favourites to take the three points but thats how the wolves like it! were on a roll and micks got the squad well drilled.ohara to get the winner its written in the stars.we are gonna have to play close attention to ade.good signing by the way.2 1 wolves.u heard it here first.
black daniels
Black, looking forward to it myself. I really hope that O'Hara and Parker go head to head (I'd rather we had kept and played O'Hara). It'll also be interesting to see what you do about Bale and Adebayor. I will say, if we play as we can and we play 4-4-2, I expect your lot to have a very long day. It'll also be interesting to see how Modric does. I won't predict a score. Let's just hope for a good hard fought match. COYS
peterballb
Thats a fair comment, I predict a very very difficult game for us.
Guyver
Good article, DubaiSpur! I agree that we have a good and competitive squad. At least on the paper. My concern though is not the quality of the players individually it’s more the spirit in the team now after this transferwindow and a start of the season from he**. It’s 1. Sept now. The window is closed. We’ve been demolished in 2 out of 2 games. Is everything clear blue skies inside the squad now as they know who stays, comes and goes now? Are we able to recover from our start of the season and kind of restart the season with clean sheets from today? Can we pull ourselves together and all be friends and regain momentum as a team now? Can we get Modric’s head and heart in the right place again? I really hope that we now don’t end up with a 40mill man without head and heart for Spurs. I’m not sure I fully agree with you about Levi deserving credit for showing spine and resilience in the Modric-saga though. Of cause it’s priceless that he denies Chelsea our star. But I can’t help asking myself over and over again about why this saga kept going on an on if Levi really was determined from day one not to sell Modric. In todays football every one is for sale! It’s just a matter of price! Levi of all knows that. If Levy really didn’t want to sell Modric why didn’t he just put a price on him like min 60mill from day one? Surely no one is willing to pay that for Modric unless they are mental – end of saga from day one! Was it really that difficult for Levi to ask both ‘Arry and Modric into his office before the window opened and say loud and clear ”Modric is not being sold unless we get min 60mill. In other terms he’s not for sale”. He could even have announced that figure in public as it would equal the statement “he’s not for sale”. That would have given everyone something firm to hold on to from day one. This is no rocket science. Levi could easily have stopped this farce before it began and we wouldn’t have seen Modric and ‘Arry embarrass us and them selves like we’ve seen the last 1-2 months totally clueless. Reason? Imo no clear communication from Levi to neither Modric or ‘Arry nor to the rest of us because he wasn’t sure himself! Let’s be honest. None were sure that Levi wouldn’t sell Modric until the window actually was closed. Yes. I love it when our club stands tall. Makes me proud! But in this matter I honestly think that Levi could have handled better instead of making both Modric and ‘Arry public fools and thereby also made Spurs look bad. Spine or not.
Danespur
First of all I'd like to echo all the praise being heaped on Dubai and his article. It's a hell of a good read, and some good and relevant points are made. I can't agree with it all however, as I can't see this transfer window as a success. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving our sales. And to get £10 million plus add ons for Crouch has to be considered some kind of gift from the Gods!! But trimming the squad doesn't mean you have a better core, and aside from a good loaned in striker I just don't see that we have. I like Adebayor, and if he's fit and firing then we can enjoy a good season from him. But if he is injured, or if his legendary dummy spitting antics come to the fore then we really are knackered up front. And let's be honest, it's no more than a quick-fix at best anyway. We have a disgruntled and unhappy playmaker on the books, who clearly has an axe to grind and who would shock no-one if he digs his heels in and drags his knuckles until January. We are still desperately short of top-class centre-backs, both at squad and first eleven level. I can only hope that my faith and unwavering support for the 'Boul pays off and he becomes the 'guv'nor' that I think he can be. We brought in the wrong 'keeper when you consider who Villa replaced him with. Too many key areas have been overlooked, and while all around us (Arsenal aside) have strengthened considerably, we have stood still and watched it happen. I would say calling this transfer window either a success or a failure depends on your ambition for our club. If you are of the opinion that we can be happy with a finish somewhere between 10th-6th then I would say it's a success. But I would like us to strive for greatness and crack the top four once again, and by that rationale it can only be deemed a failure in my opinion. As ever, I hope to be proved wrong. But with our current squad and manager, I can't see us making a dent this season. And come this time next year, there will be more than one player telling his agent to start scribbling out transfer requests.
LilyWhiteHart
excellent article Dubaispur i wood hav been happy to get cahill hopefully we can get gallas and king rotating wit dawson cause hav my worries bout kaboul but overall very happy wit the squad i tink adebyor wil b a big hit cause he'l b d main man and no doubt scot parker is wat we need right now!!
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