Date:Thursday January 17 2013
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...
Date:Thursday January 17 2013
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