How much can/will we spend?
Two signings already announced is clearly a positive start to a window and a nice change from the usual last minute deals, but have we see a dramatic change in policy or the same but a little earlier?
So far we have had one exciting Bosman and one suggested £3m deal for a young and promising left back, however, does anyone really believe we have spent a definite THREE MILLION on a player that seems destined to start out in the development squad to continue learning his trade, with no guarantee of ever stepping up to become a first team regular? As usual, fans will herald any signing of youth or an exotic foreign name as a masterstroke and a potentially world-class signing, but as we have seen previously and all too often, outstanding prospects don't always become brilliant players.
I believe the £3m suggested may be based more on individual success, than a nailed on figure, perhaps just as United's asking price of £6m was in the summer. Who pays that much for an out of contract full back that has yet to make a breakthrough? If we were talking about Southampton's outstanding teenage left back and potential Gareth Bale copy, Luke Shaw, we might be talking, but can we imagine Mr Levy offering that much for a home-sick youngster who has yet to make the step up? I can't. It seems clear to me that although Spurs may well buy one, perhaps two quality players in this windows, any buys will have to be financed by money that is generated through sales, from this window and funds from the last one.
To me, the idea of balancing the books is a reasonable one and one that we probably need to accept for the medium to long term, as the game changes and clubs also accept that they cannot compete with the huge spenders, therefore they have to be more considered and long term in their building of a squad. Clubs like Tottenham still offer a very attractive stepping stone to any emerging player, such as Lewis Holtby, who would probably get swallowed up at the games elite and therefore see his development hampered. Players looking at long term development and career longevity will see what Spurs are doing and feel it is right for them, which works for our club just as much as it works for them.
Sure, we may well see a £15-20m striker, but will that mean we see the likes of Huddlestone and one or two others sold to at least part pay the fee? Perhaps we will get that play-maker like Moutonho, but haven't we already ear marked that money from the sale of Luka Modric (Hopefully we have a sell on clause, if Real decide to move him on…)? In recent windows, there has been a definite case of generating more money than has been spent, however it is also evident that individual wages on our better players has increased. Lowering squad numbers has assisted here, but at a time when the club are also looking at funds to build a stadium, is there a reality that this is our best and only realistic way forward for the next few years and the right way for a football club to be run regardless?..