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Lets Get Real!

It seems an obsession with some fans that we should spend whatever it takes to get this or that player, when the reality is a very long way from what some expect.

I have to say I would be absolutely amazed to see Tottenham spend £30m+ on an individual player, simply because the maths wouldn't work out. Firstly we have to assume we would have that amount of cash to spend, but lets for the sake of argument, agree that we have somewhere in that vicinity to lavish on strengthening the side. Add a little, no doubt in being able to sell one or two players that AVB didn't see in his plans and we potentially have a very nice sum of money to spend. However, even if we had, 30, 40 or 50 million to invest, I would safely suggest that we would be looking at several players as opposed to one or perhaps two box office superstars. If we can't afford them or they aren't available, then we simply get on with what we have.

Picking up Willian and Damiao might be the dream of many, but any deal will have to be based on Tottenham's valuation and not the whim of a rival owner. £30m the pair, perhaps, but much more would simply not happen. Now my reasoning for this is quite sound, or at least I think it is. I base my thinking not only on our clubs ability to spend and attract the biggest names, but also by what appears to be a verity sensible way of doing business. Spending £30m on one player is heaped with risk. putting everything you have into buying one player may show ambition, but it also represents a gamble that Spurs can ill afford. What happens if that player struggles for form, gets injured or simply gets homesick for his mums home cooking? Spend that money of two or even three players, and you spread the risk and if one or even two players struggle, surely one will recoup the cash.

Buying established players who have perhaps struggled following moves or are currently out of fashion or favour seems to be something Spurs like, just as much as buying ones that are emerging as top players, but are perhaps not seen as being quite ready by the games elite. Players such as Vertonghen may well be good enough to play for the very best, but to the likes of Barca or Real, perhaps he remains a year or two away from their thinking. Tottenham may well consider buying him for £9m now in the realistic expectation of getting good work from him and selling at a Modric style profit is their best and most realistic means of doing business and keeping pace with the competition.

At a time when plenty of clubs are desperately trying to lighten their financial burdens, there are players available for a fraction of their previous worth, problem that we are still seeing is that they still expect huge wages or signing on fee's which in many cases are too rich for a club like Spurs, but as we have previously seen with signings such as Rafael Van der Vaart, there are some great players who are sensible in their expectations and prefer playing ambition to a bigger pay-packet. Similarly a club that has money and a proven record of coaching and developing players are a very sensible stepping stone between levels and therefore Tottenham are again an attractive option, especially as they are developing, whilst seemingly challenging for honours, giving youngsters a great platform to learn and also showcase their talents.

Being sensible with our money is perhaps the way we as fans need to accept our club doing business over the long term. We need to understand that until there is strict financial legislation or we have a maya rich sugar daddy, we have to wheel, deal and gamble with our money and hope that in buying well and often potential, we will lose of some and gain big on others and in doing so continue to gain a reputation for developing and polishing potential, whilst also still achieving reasonable success on the field. Buying the biggest and richest players may be exciting, but I think we need to get real and accept that we will be looking at certain areas of the market and once we come to terms with our position, I think we will enjoy the game all the more...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Thursday January 17 2013
Time: 3:40PM

Comments

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Now I have written this, I just know we will spend £50m on Falcao or similar just top make me look stupid...
oxfordspur
17/01/2013 15:43:00
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I think it'll be safe to say Ox that you will not be taking a dive in the grade of your intelligence.
ledgespur
17/01/2013 15:45:00
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C`mon Daniel Levy or is it Denial Levy ?
We need that striker yesterday already , & against QPR ,sheess that was painful
big cockeral
17/01/2013 15:49:00
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Ah the painful sting of reality! Do I really want to be told that in january we will only being signing one or two young players with potential? No, I want to foll myself with the firm belief that we are on the verge of signing Willian, Leandro, Belhande, Son, Moutiniho, Lilic, Sanchez, Llorente, Erikson etc. Wow what a list of talent and all these guys are going to be spurs players by teh end of the month or you could believe Ox's cock and bull story above!
Slurms McKenzie
17/01/2013 15:52:00
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This is a good article and there are a lot of home truths in it. We do NOT have the money for players that command a transfer fee of 20m plus, it will never work for us on our structure (the correct structure I may add) It is silly to think we can spend that type of money. We as fans and a Club need to work our way up and develop our players, which is why I am so happy with AVB he believes in this and this will make us stronger than any one off 30m player.
ledgespur
17/01/2013 15:52:00
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i gotta big feeling that wenger will spend big at the end of the window,his been telling his fans to chill out and wait till the end of the window,cavani is being strongly mooted,therefore for the love of god levy lets get someone that will ignite us
ghulamville
17/01/2013 15:55:00
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I dont think the majority of spurs fans are expecting a 20, 30m striker. We just need to fill in a gap. £8 on Remy i think would have been a risk worth taking.
don_ants
17/01/2013 15:56:00
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But apart from Yidmarks and a few others, I dont think many of us really expect them big money signing and esp not in January, but saying that this is still some good value for money signing out there to help us achieve our goals.
Ossie
17/01/2013 15:57:00
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Good article. It does surprise me when people have a go at Levy for not signing Willian or Moutinho, I really don't get it. Not for once have I thought we were in for these types of players because we do not spend £25m or more on a single player and no, it is not about time that we started. Those that moan that Levy does not "take the plunge" in the transfer market will be the same fools who will moan that ticket prices have gone up to uncontrollable amounts next season. People seem to want their cake and eat it at times.
Crísandro
17/01/2013 15:59:00
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so what of the modric millions added to that the vdv millions... where is the money we had tabled for mouthino? we sell two players for a combined +/-43'000'000, spend 15, leaving a balance of 28, and now we're skint and can't have anyone expect a couple of free's. absolute nonsense. ox, this article reads like you were paid by the pr department.
Cape Town Spurs
17/01/2013 16:01:00
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buy cheap buy twice....we spent what 15m on Dempsey and Gylfi and pay c£150k pw wages....both very hard to sell if we wanted to, and what do they bring apart from mediocrity? I too would be surprised to see us splash 30m on a player despite being told we would by the club....remember Arry? And Yes spending a large sum on one player is a risk but you have to take risks to reap reward all we'll get by buying mediocre players is mid table obscurity....
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:02:00
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Sandros out for the season .

Wesley sneijder ,Siem de Jong & Leandro Damião will do ,lovely jubbly :)
big cockeral
17/01/2013 16:03:00
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Was VDV sensible in his expectations or did he have the good sense to understand this was the best deal for him at the last hour. I think RM and VDV got the most they could out of the situation. We were the only ones left standing who were willing to pay that amount. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 16:04:00
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how did the big clubs get big? Success on the pitch by getting the best players....
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:04:00
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Think you might have that Bi-polar disorder OX. Im sure the other day you were commenting on how we need X Y & Z! I get your point, and it is a point well made. We all know the score ox, yeah we would love to be able to blow £35m on a player but it isn’t going to happen. Lets take willian as an example, Shaktar have put a £20m price tag on his head solely because they know Chelsea were interested. No other club bar PSG would entertain a £20m price tag for such a raw talent. I Think the reason why us fans get annoyed is because we NEVER take a calculated risk on a player, unless they are dirt cheap, and by the time we are sure about putting a bid in so is the rest of Europe, which drives the price up and we lose out. The other thing is OX, like the striker situation, we have needed one for the last 4 years. Llorente, Son, Negredo, Wolfwinkle are all available and due to contracts or clubs running out of cash are availbel for a very affordable fee. But I would guarantee that we don’t sign a striker this January.
hudderspur
17/01/2013 16:06:00
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ox, I on't think you have to worry about Falcao. PSG will spend the 50M on him. Even if it were 25M, his wage demands will be through the roof (fairly so). I think, the same 50M could be better spent on Holtby, Son, Willian, Negredo, Sissokho. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 16:09:00
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I tasty 6 month loan deal for a good striker that wants to play! There must be a few of those knocking about.
Spurstrings
17/01/2013 16:15:00
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oh no dread the fact we might actually buy a top player, one who captivates the imagination and has kids wanting to be him in the playground and buying his shirts....no with the average prem fan now 41years old and the next generation of fans dwindling and less fanatical in their support it's much more prudent to blow half a billion quid on a concrete bowl!....allegedly 'cause by the time it's finished it'll need ramps for the fans as the average age will be in the 60's!!
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:15:00
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''We want Harrods goods @ poundstretcher prices'' Daniel Levy's title for his new book
spu 4 life
17/01/2013 16:16:00
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I for one will be glad when the window closes, after hours scouring the web for any shred of transfer news that Willian Damiao or anyone is on their way to the lane, I know i'm wasting my time but i cant stop myself! I think the likelihood is that we have already done all the business we are going to, though i do have some lingering hope that a big deal could yet happen. There will only be one, if there are any at all. Willian maybe?
Yorkspur
17/01/2013 16:20:00
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I knew just from this articles title that it was going to rub me up the wrong way, and I was proved right despite it being a well written piece. No club has ever achieved success by bargain basement shopping. The glaring exception being Man Utds golden generation 15 or so years ago, and we will never see the like again. Certainly not at our club based on my knowledge of our current youth crop. I won't put an actual figure on what I would spend on one single player, but there is no reason or exceuse for not bringing in the best quality that we can afford given whatever our budget may be. It is painfully, ridiculously, embarrassingly obvious that we have needed a grade-A striker for the best part of four years now. So if we were prepared to spend £20million plus for a single player in the Summer (Joao Moutinho) then why shouldn't we expect that the same amount of money can be allocated to one single player now when we need it the most? What difference has 5 months made? We had it then, so we have it now. We were prepared to spend it then, so why shouldn't we expect the board to be prepared to spend it now? What's the difference? And before I am accused of being short-sighted and going for immediate gains, let me put it this way. Anyone who would rather bean-count than consolidate our top-four place right now is jeopardising not only what could be a great season, but also jeopardising the next half a dozen. It may well be the case that Bale to Madrid is all done bar the signing. But don't you think he'd be much more likely to fancy staying if we were in the CL next season? To him, add Sandro, Walker, Verts, Lloris and one or two others who may well have there heads turned by any number of clubs able to offer them Champs League on a regular basis. An offer that WE could also make, if a statement of intention is made RIGHT NOW to cement our top four credentials in the short term and show our current stars that we aren't all bluff and bluster and that they can achieve their dreams and ambitions right here!!! Maybe it comes down to personal ambition. And I would rather at least STRIVE for the best and fall then be content to be an also-ran. There's nothing embarrassing in failure if the intention was noble and good. And I remember someone with certain ties to our club saying something along similar lines a few decades back!!! Time to dare and to do.....come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
17/01/2013 16:26:00
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Real Madrid want shot of kaka...to the extent they may pay him off...we could offer to supplement that with a wage till the end of the season (a bit like Ade loan last year) at least that way we would still get international exposure and keep increasing the brand.....the brand I know people don't want to hear it but a brand has value!!!
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:26:00
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Just read that Juve are only offering £3m for Llorente as he is out of contract in the summer. Does anyone think we have put a bid in but the player is wanting to go to Italy? Surely Bilbao have offers of Twice that amount for him.
hudderspur
17/01/2013 16:27:00
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Kaka i think is finished. No sense getting him in. Llorente, on the other hand, would be spot on. Could he be persuaded though?
Yorkspur
17/01/2013 16:33:00
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I think Juve and Llorente agreed it last year....otherwise they may have come in for Ade...
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:34:00
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Yorkspur If we are to do any 'big' business between now and the deadline I think the Willian deal looks the most likely to happen in Jan.
TornadoYid
17/01/2013 16:35:00
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shedboy, Kaka is breaking down. I thought it would be a good idea but he looked way off the pace the other day (until he was sent off for his second card - and he as a sub).

Shedboy, I actually agree with your statements above re: fans, age and priorities. It's why I don't understand why we don't go in for Son and Mitroglou - 10-11M for the 2. Huge market in South Korea (we'll be in Hong Kong in the summer) and a huge worldwide Greek market. Both can score and both have looked better and better year over year. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 16:36:00
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yorks-he's on his last legs for sure but I think we'd get half a season out of him...he is a year or two younger than Parker. But the exposure and signal would be good...
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:38:00
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Everyone wants us to spend big, but didn't we spend HUGE amounts on Bentley and Bent? What value for money they turned out to be. We should always spend big, just like Liverpool did on Carroll, Henderson and Downing, what could possibly go wrong, they're knocking on the door of mid-table atm, a huge achievement on such a budget, apparently it's the only way to win things? Oh...
Crissybwoy
17/01/2013 16:41:00
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on the right lines Peter but they already need recognition, they should be touched by the fame brush...a bit like Honda for japan (not suggesting him now) a player that is already a hero in his homeland...or is that why we bought Dempsey? Shame about Kaka I wouldn't have thought Jose would put out a player who couldn't track back!
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:47:00
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The reason we are well covered in all other departments apart from attack is because its those attacking players that cost top dollar and Levy obviously does not want to risk 20m+ on a single player, I suppose that may be understandable given the tight ship he runs but it does beg the question-what do our scouts do exactly? Im sure Levy would spend 10-15m on a talented goalscorer so surely somewhere in Europe or s.America there is a good striker who could bang the goals in with the service they would get from Bale,Lennon & co...
WindowWonder
17/01/2013 16:47:00
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Crissybwoy - Yeah but downing carrol and henderson were terrible buys! Bent was mismanaged and Bentley is.....err
hudderspur
17/01/2013 16:48:00
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LilyWhiteHart, I have no doubts that the funds are there. I think, we would pay up to whatever our valuation is for Leandro and any other number of players so long as they wanted to come, their club wants to sell, and they would fit within our wage structure. Leandro has been tracked by a whole host of clubs (just like Remy). The issue in the Leandro case seems to be a reluctance to sell - to anyone. Milan, AC, Barca, RM, Chelsea, ManU have all been said to have interest in the player. They can all pay way more than what we would. We have a right to match. Seems to me if there was a desire to go, he'd have gone. This window is the first time there have been rumblings from all parties that something might be up. My point is, unless you have willing parties around the table, there is no deal to be had short of paying people to be intereted. Spurs do not have the wherewithal to pay above the odds. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 16:50:00
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this is true crissybwoy, both over 16m, when we spent 5m on bale and 1m on Lennon. once bitten in those cases, we will want a nailed on success if we are to spend that much, if such a thing exists. again its back to Willian or Moutinho.
Yorkspur
17/01/2013 16:50:00
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yeah spend big on Bentley who was putting crosses on a sixpence for Santa Cruz only for him to fire in crosses to...no one and then get pelters for using hair gel....and they were giving it to Bale as well...still he did come in for Lennon and help us get CL proper so whilst a waste of money not a total waste...and he still earns less than Gylfi!
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:50:00
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oh and Bent, whilst Sandra is obviously the better finisher why buy a player used to playing up top on his own and shoe horn him into a 442? There's spending big on quality and then there's spending like a Chav winning the lotttery. And he did manage to increase his value after he left us ...
shedboy2
17/01/2013 16:54:00
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hudderspur, agree with your post, terrible buys indeed. Just making the point about spending big, Downing looked good (not great) for Villa and Carroll (some on here wanted to sign him, not me though) looked like he had potential to progress, much like Bentley did in his youth. We've been burnt hard over Bentley, can't believe he's still at the club, still, at least we now have cover for Lennon after his stint in Russia. ;)
Crissybwoy
17/01/2013 16:54:00
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Bentley and Gio were bought for the system that Ramos intended to use. Firing Ramos and bringing in Harry undid that, thus they no longer fit. Harry wanted a 4-4-2 with pace on the wings. Bentley couldn't play the MF role and certainly was not quick enough to be a winger. Gio was just always on the wrong side of Harry. Bentley has regressed hugely. I question whether we looked enough in to the mental qualities o Bent and Bentley. Same could be said of Pav, Gio etc. Lots of talent, just no mental toughness. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 16:55:00
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WindowWonder, it also begs the other question I asked in my post mate. If we had a £20million+ bid for one player (Joao Moutinho) accepted in the summer, then why aren't we perfectly entitled to expect the board to be prepared to sanction the same amount of money on a player who we need now far more desperately than we did then?! Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
17/01/2013 16:55:00
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You've only got to look at Chelsea's last three home league results to show that simply throwing huge amounts of money around to buy and pay players doesn't guarantee anything.
TQ2Spurs
17/01/2013 16:56:00
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Should have said league and league cup results.
TQ2Spurs
17/01/2013 16:58:00
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shedboy, Bent can't even get a game in a bottom-three club, I'm not saying he's found his level, but even he probably can't have imagined how awry his career would turn out when he got his 'big move' to us. I feel bad for Jol on that one, desperate for a LW and Comolli blew the budget on Bent when we had the highest-scoring partnership in the Prem the season before in Keane and Berbs. Utter madness.
Crissybwoy
17/01/2013 16:59:00
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TQ2Spurs, very good point.
Crissybwoy
17/01/2013 17:01:00
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The word 'guarantee' is so overused on here that it's staggering. No player, young or old, cheap or expensive, foreign or homegrown, is 'guaranteed' to succeed at a new club. If they were then they would be priceless. Every transfer is a calculated gamble. Of course some are more expensive than others, and constitute a bigger gamble. But what's the alternative?! Bring back the Yorkshire Cricket Clubs policy?!??! The lack of ambition of some people frightens me. And it will bite us in the ar$e once again at the end of this season when the rumblings of an exodus surface because we didn't take a punt and consolidate our place at the top, where the top players want to play. Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
17/01/2013 17:03:00
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LilyWhiteHart, we can either believe we are being strung along with the bids, or we can assume that they are trying, within reason, and the price becomes inflated, or the club doesn't want to sell or the player doesn't want to come. I believe Levy, AVB and Co. are trying. I suspect that we are priced out of a lot of deals. Dempsey was not panic. He was the first guy on the list to work out. He wasn't top of the list, but he was the top one on the list who said yes at a level we could afford and the selling club was willing to sell. It's how it works. Harry wanted Neville. Levy (and presumably the scouts and persons responsible for valuations) made an offer based on the valuation (which takes in to account salary etc) and it was thrown back with a derisory comment or two. Felaini has a 23M buyout. That means there are only about 6 teams that could pay it and most of those wouldn`t be interested. Other fly-by-night operators may be willing to roll out the cash, but the player would likely then remove. It`s the point of a buyout clause. Bale will cost 55M if someone wants him. If it comes, bite the hand off and move on. Willian, Dzagoev, Alderweirald and Son would not cost that much. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 17:06:00
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It's worth considering that any transfer kitty includes probably includes money for wages too. Just getting a player to sign a new contract is like signing a new player. But after all the meticulous building of our squad we've done over the ENIC years I think it might be time to make a big money marquee signing. You have to make sure you're getting a seriously talented and reliable player for the money, but eventually it is the only way to go up to the level we are only just short of. Again, reliability of talent is the key when taking that kind of gamble, but if they're going to get homesick or have a sulk on 75k plus a week, tough! Show some respect and do as you're told!
edmontonspurs
17/01/2013 17:06:00
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TQ, I think the recent form of Chelsea says more about the attitude of their fans than their transfer policy. Lost at home to QPR and drew with Southampton, yet away from home thrashed Stoke City, notoriously one of the most difficult destinations on the circuit. They thrashed Soton away and lost at home to Swansea too. They're not coping with the negativity of their fans at home.
edmontonspurs
17/01/2013 17:12:00
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Lilywhitehart there has been too many cases like that where we were supposedly close to sealing big money deals for world class players(Aguero,Rossi,Moutinho)which never seem to get done,I just dont think Levy would ever pay that sort of money and while negotiations probably did go on for Moutinho I would imagine that particular deal was never actually gonna happen...but being linked with big stars is good press for Levy so thats what probably the case there IMO..
WindowWonder
17/01/2013 17:12:00
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As a realist I find great pleasure in being able to honestly say i believe that our squad is a signing or two away from seriously challenging for the league title. Damiao, Willian, Rose (returning from loan), Alderweireld. If we could have roughly two players for every position, we could make a serious title challenge.Let the likes of Huddlestone,Dawson go.Players that don't fit into AVB's ethic.
trinispur04
17/01/2013 17:13:00
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Buying players is all about spotting real quality.We did well with Berbatov,Modric and Bale,who are world class as proven with their sell on value.No way will Dempsey,Siggy or Dembele have these sell on values.My point here is,have we lost the scouting ability to find such talent,afterall we let Suarez,Michu and Hazard slip through our fingers when we were in a good position to sign them.I believe we have lost a vital voice in the backroom,no idea who that genius was,but he aint there anymore!
Greavesaboveall
17/01/2013 17:15:00
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That's a good point edmonton, one our own supporters should keep in mind.
TQ2Spurs
17/01/2013 17:15:00
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LilyWhiteHart, our ambition, or similar lack thereof is irrelevant. We are run as club that spends within its means, plus or minus, every year. CL is what we need, to be sure. I believe the previous manager had a squad capable of it all of the last three years. We have spent mony. Our wage increases over the past 5 years has been quite telling. Would CL this season have kept Modric? No way. Would it have made VDV want to accept a supporting role? Doubt it. Would not have stopped King from retiring. The odd player will hold out for CL. Most hold out for money. Ade had a deal done early with us. He just waited to squeeze more out of City. So he chose money over the team. I think most players do this. That said, the majority have the good sense to get it done at an appropriate time. It's a money issue. Spurs don't spend over the odds. If only I had the same control when at the pub. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 17:15:00
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Aye, especially as the second half of the season is now underway. Utd, City and Arsenal all have to come to the lane. Lets show AVB some support and give him and the team a helpful boost so it doesn't all collapse again!
edmontonspurs
17/01/2013 17:19:00
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WindowWonder, the Moutinho deal was undone by third party ownership. It was never close which was why Moutinho never stopped training or traveling with Porto. We were never in for Aguero or Rossi. Both were a question of using Spurs to get more. Aguero got more money and his old club got more money because we pushed up the value. City had to pay more to get their man. In Rossi's case, didn't he (amazingly) get offered a new deal to stay? Did he ever really want to come to Spurs? Remy chose QPR because of a video game. Sure he did. He went because their owner was willing to give him (not his club who could have sold to any number of clubs willing to pay the price) more money than the others. There are guarantees in football. Remy has a contract. If he does naff all he gets paid. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 17:21:00
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This is a good article but for me you have slightly missed the point. The main reason that there is some areas of discontent with Levy and the board is because he won't put his hand in his pocket AT ALL, let alone for £30million plus. At the moment Younes Belhanda is available for £9 million. Demba Ba was available for £7.5 million. Kaka and Sneijder are available. Cazorla was available. There are so many examples. I understand we bought Dembele, Vertonghen and Lloris but the reason we got them is that we were able to double the meagre wages they were earning in cash-tight leagues or at cash-tight clubs. I am all for bargains, but it seems Levy has to tick a lot of 'bargain' boxes before he is completely happy. On top of this we get statements telling us how close we were to signing key players - from Juninho to Moutinho. I expect one for Sneijder this January. It would be great if once, just once, we go and spend what is necessary on WORLD CLASS - not just Premier League quality. We have to look at United, City and Chelsea, they are littered with WORLD CLASS players. Liverpool have Gerrard and Suarez. Arsenal have Cazorla and Wilshere. Even Everton have Fellaini and Baines. These are players who would walk into any team in the Premier League. We have Bale and at a push Lloris. I love Sandro, Dembele and Vertonghen, but let's not kid ourselves that they would play week in week out for City or United. I understand the focus on youth and development, but sometimes a big signing can provide impetus in the squad. 3rd is there for the taking this year, I really hope history doesn't repeat history repeating if you know what I mean....
Sebthespur
17/01/2013 17:21:00
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There is no doubt in my mind that the supporters (of which I was one) were more a detriment than a benefit in the WBA and Norwich games. If those had been away games, I bet we take them both. The fans put so much pressure on the players to perform. People on here complain because we won 2-1 and didn't rip the opposition a new one. It's not enough to win. It has to be done with flair or it doesn't count. Our away form has been great this sason. The second half, WHL has to be a fortress. Do that and CL is ours. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 17:24:00
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peterballb, Good morning to the Canadian church of Enic! A season back you were telling us all Peter, THFC were just 1 top quality coach, away from being a Premiership title winning side. Redknapp was the problem according to you! Well, now a year on, Harry's gone, 60 million has spent spent by your hero Daniel Levy, the entire mount he raised on last summers sales of the likes of VDV, Modric etc, etc, etc to play Fantasy Football Ebay with, and now your telling us the team is weaker? 60 million spent and yet now we are weaker? Who's doing the buying Peter? Well it ain't AVB! It's your 2 steps forward, 3 steps backwards, loser of a Fantasy Football chairman... Have a nice big up ENIC writing day peter...
pelebro
17/01/2013 17:29:00
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Excellent posts Seb tho I wouldn't agree Baines is 'world class' very good left back still.
Ossie
17/01/2013 17:30:00
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Sebthespur, Ba is on more than we would have paid him. The transfer fee was never an issue. His knees and the wages were. Schneijder has stated he expect 160knet/week. Well that aint going to happen. Kaka looks terrible. RM want rid, they don't want to subsidize. Carzola sure, but then he wanted Arsenal. I agree on Belhanda, though I would still go the Sissokho route. The whole picture must be taken in to account. Wages are more and more the obstacle. Transfer fees rarely are. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 17:37:00
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Schneijder or Dempsey/Gylfi? Schneijder would be a little less on the transfer fee....wages are about equal.
shedboy2
17/01/2013 17:44:00
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pelebro, why don't you spoil us with some of your optimistic wisdom then.
Crissybwoy
17/01/2013 17:46:00
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Pelebro, the church never closes. f you actually read and reported my pots correctly, you'll note that I stated 3 quality players. Striker, wing player and keeper and we needed to consider that Ledley would not play forever. Redknapp himself always stated 2 quality signings from competing for the title. He could have had Suarez. Nope, too much like VDV according to those who had his ear.

But back to your constant distortions. We needed, according to myself (I was not the only one, but let's pretend I was) 3 quality players, striker, wing cover/option for Bale and Lennon and a proper keeper. So we got Lloris. Great job. He is a top keeper. We lost King, Modric and VDV. Not a good player amonst those three. So we signed Vertonghen (IMO the second best young CB in football - after Howedes). Again, great move. Got Sigurdsson and Dempsey to presumably replace VDV. Not the same quality individually and I won't judge either or both until season's end. It looks a loss, though Dempsey has been more productive than VDv this season. Dembele has come in and done well. He is not Modric, but has been very good. So are we weaker? Well we lost one of the best CB's in the world (when healthy) and World Class players in Modric and VDV, replacing them with some very good (not world class) players. We have a better "team" this season and I'd suggest that AVB has had a huge influence on games. We have also upped and extended the contracts of Walker and Bale.

IMO, we are a better "team" than last season, but I think most would admit expecting us to be battling for 6th. We're in 4th, 2 points out of third with less talent, but better coaching. If we still had Modric and VDV, we would still be lacking a Pacy, talented winger as cover/option for Bale/Lennon and we need a striker. AVB and the team ethos has made up the difference in quality, but we still need a few top signings to compete for the league. Let us pray. COYS AMEN
peterballb
17/01/2013 17:51:00
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chelsea form is more to do with their owner sacking a man who was getting good performances and good results and replacing him with a 'hack' (to borrow peter's phrase) the fans are showing their diospleasure, it's what happens when you take fans for granted...our owners would do well to heed the warning!!
shedboy2
17/01/2013 18:02:00
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shedboy, fans don't score goals or win games though chief.
Crissybwoy
17/01/2013 18:08:00
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As well as bleating about the cost of buying this or that player, incidently not £30, £40 million players, very very few if any of the players we have been mentioning would cost that as a pair, never mind each, we should be looking at the potential cost of not filling the obvious holes in our squad. How much does anybody suppose we lost in the last 2 seasons by missing out on the CL, is it worth risking another failure, and more lost revenue, especially with improved TV revenues etc. We may of course muddle through with what we have i.e. 1.5 strikers (Adebayor has been a waste of space most of the season, and is now off on his African jaunt at our expense, and Defoe blows hot and cold), no lock smith MFer, we have already been denied at home by WBA, Norwich, and Stoke City all at home, and QPR away simply by them allowing us to bounce off of them at the back, create little, and if we do, failing to finish. It is now obvious to every team in the PL that if you sit with 9 or 10 behind the ball v Spurs, you have a good chance of a point or nicking it on the break. It is not as if 4th place is a forgone conclusion, as it was last year if we missed 3rd. There are Arsenal, Everton, and I wouln't be surprised a revitalised Liverpool, all vying with us for that CL place, we are already weakened by the loss of Sandro, the delay in Kaboul's return, and our reliance on an aging and not 100% fit Scott Parker for the foreseeable future. Surely it makes good sense to try and cement that fourth place by making a couple of astute signings in the last 13 days of the window, an AMFer and a striker. At least it would portray an illusion that we are in fact a football club, and that we actually care about the team's performance, rather than pretend to be a branch of Goldman Sachs, with the chairman taking the balance sheet to bed with him for comfort.
Frank
17/01/2013 19:31:00
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The same argument goes at QPR, it is all very well ridiculing Tony Fernandez for the signing of Remy and probably M'Villa, but he hasa simple sum to do i.e. how much am I prepared to spend to stay up, to off-set the amount I know it's going to cost me to go down, simples.
Frank
17/01/2013 19:37:00
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Next seasons qualifiers from the CL group stages will be looking at a windfall of roughly 65 million pounds, add to that the greater TV coverage received by the more successful clubs and you have the best part of 100 million pounds available to a club with some balls. Bill Nicholson must be turning in his grave when he sees the lack of ambition that pervades not only the boardroom but is now spreading to some of this great clubs' supporters. Yes it's a gamble but when you consider what there is to gain from a footballing point of view, we're a football club first and foremost you know, the risk is a perfectly acceptable one. Twelve to 15 million bid for Llorente will turn heads at his club regardless of any handshake that's been made to Juve. Bid the same amount for Eriksen at Ajax and put the ball in their court. These two players would greatly enhance our top 4 chances, both are rumoured to be available if the right deal comes along and in todays market they aren't overly expensive. Llorente is a £30 million player already ffs. As things stand at the minute we're not going to finish in the top 4, you can delude yourselves all you want but the sad facts are that the strength in depth just isn't there. We are weaker this season than we have been for a few years now, which makes what AVB has done so far all the more praiseworthy. He needs and deserves the full backing of those controlling the purse strings. Maybe Levy and Co are happy with being the nearly men, who knows, maybe they have already earmarked the 40 million we'll get for Bale for something else, we won't get 50 million once Bale hands in a transfer request and he will if we fall short again.
thfc1882whl
17/01/2013 19:49:00
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Jeez Frank we must have been typing the same depressing verdict at almost the same time!
thfc1882whl
17/01/2013 19:56:00
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It's not so much that Parker can't step in for Sandro, it's more the fact that he will have to make the adjustment to AVB's style and we all saw how long that has taken those who have been involved from the start of the season. That means we'll probably have to wat 8-10 games before Parker is both match fit and up to speed with his new role within AVBs set up and time ain't on our side now we're on the season run in.
thfc1882whl
17/01/2013 20:00:00
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At least two of us can smell the coffee thfc1882whl, I sincerely hope we are not both typing "I told you so" come May, it will be so sad, all for the sake of a modicum of ambition.
Frank
17/01/2013 20:01:00
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wait, not wat
thfc1882whl
17/01/2013 20:01:00
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A lot of fans are overly ambitious with who they expect will want to play for us. Clearly we've attracted some decent players in the past, but any world class player would want CL footy. Furthermore, given that we're not in it, then we can't expect a deep squad of brilliant quality. We can't expect decent players to sit on the bench of a Europa League team. That said, I'm surprised that the likes of Sturridge and Remy are happy to move to lower down teams. They're the standard of player we should be aiming for.
SamParadise
17/01/2013 20:02:00
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Once again good points Frank. The choice is a simple one. If we continue to refuse to spend more than £15m on any player in today's marketplace then we will never be regular Champion's League participants. If that is OK for some of our fans then good for you. I, however, feel that would be a true shame as we are capable of much more with only a little bit of extra investment and a slightly less risk-averse attitude. If ENIC don't see that it is possible or desirable for them to push us up a notch then, again, that is fine but they must be honest about it. The biggest slap in the face for me is that we are constantly fed a line by the ENIV hierarchy but it the words are never backed up with deeds. Be honest and they will have my support. Continue to dangle a never to materialise carrot and eventually the joke wears thin.
SpuriousLife
17/01/2013 20:04:00
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Is it our scouting network's fault? Or Levy being afraid of another Bent/Bentley mishap? There are plenty of great alternative targets around. Don't want to put a wish list down or anything, but a big name signing can leave a bitter taste and empty pockets.
ceejspur
17/01/2013 20:04:00
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Hear hear SpuriousLife, you are absolutely on the button yet again.
Frank
17/01/2013 20:10:00
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