Writer: OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday December 21 2012
Its that time of the year nearly but is this January transfer window more important than most? Last January we had an opportunity to consolidate 3rd Place in the League by buying one or two quality players that would have helped Spurs get through the last 3rd of the Campaign. At a time when the side were desperately in need of an element of added verve and stability, we ended up with the veteran pairing of Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha.
Add to that the departures of Vedran Corluka, Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Lilywhites indulged in a woeful bit of January business However, we now know that Daniel Levy had other ideas and deliberately didnt go for anything near enough what we needed because he had probably already made up his mind that Harry was on the way out.
Daniel Levy, for all his fiscal nous and transfer market brinkmanship, badly let AVB down during the summer. Despite making a handful of mistakes in the early part of the season, plus a string of injuries to key players, things could have been a lot easier for Villas-Boas if it had not been for the chairman's high-stake game of transfer poker.
The summer saw us in weeks of haggling with Real Madrid over Luka Modric leaving Danny boy with near enough one solitary week to achieve what were attainable targets for Andre Villas-Boas. But the likes of both Porto's Joao Moutinho and Shakthar Donetsk's Willian were left to slip out our club's hands in the dying moments.
This January may be different though. AVB is not just Levy's choice but Levy's project. However, the club has just spent a shed load on the new traning ground and is about to shell out for the new stadium. So what room has Levy got for manouvre? What do we think the Club has available to spend?
Balance that off with who do we actually need against what can we actually buy. Lets look at the positions; Right Back. Have we got enough strength in depth? Left Back, would Danny Rose be a good returnee to cover a fit BAE? Centre Backs. When Kaboul is back and Caulker and Verts are playing together do we need Dawson?
Right Wing. Is Townsend good enough now to rotate with Lenny and would Falque also have a shout? Left Wing. Gareth Bale and.........? DM and AM; With Parker now coming back and Dembele just about getting fit do we have the cover we need in Midfield with Thudd and Siggy and Livermore giving us options?
So that just leaves us with the strikers Ade, Dempsey and Defoe? Is Daniel quite happy with the way AVB is managing with a injury hit squad. My guess is that Levy will be thinking we can press on with the PL campaign, now that the injured are making their way back, and that we dont need re-inforcements. Is Daniel right?
Are we feeling optimistic for this January? or is it going to be another January for the fans of 'put up or shut up'!
Written by OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday December 21 2012
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