UK time is: 02:20:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

What Is A Squad For?

I always thought the idea of a squad was that you aimed for two players for each position in your 25 with, hopefully, a few who could play more than one position plus a few youngsters coming through.

You then use all these players through the season, managing the squad to cover for injuries and rotating as necessary. Reading the comments on Sandro's injury I appear to have it wrong. When you get an injury you need to go out and buy another player, the ones you still have aren't actually meant to play they just make up the numbers. There are a number of questions on this that haven't been answered by those advocating going into the transfer market.

The first is the usual one, where is the money coming from? I'm assuming we are still going to try and improve the squad where we are genuinly short, up front and out wide, so this is extra spending. The second is where exactly are you going to find a player as good as Sandro? For that matter where are you even going to find a player who's a significant improvement on Parker? If you can't sign someone who is a significant upgrade what is the point of throwing money away?

The next question is, assuming you sign someone, what about the players you still have? Livermore could easily move, David Moyes, whose judgement I respect, is apparently keen on signing him. But Parker is going nowhere, no one else is going to pay him 75k a week. He could spend the next 2.5 seasons as a hugely expensive drain on our budget.

Perhaps the most important question is what happens at the start of next season? Lets assume you've spent 10-20m buying a player and agreed a contract at say 3.5m a year (same as Holtby). Sandro is now fit and expects his place back, the new player didn't come to sit on the bench. Problems are virtually guaranteed. Add to that you've probably overspent your salary budget meaning cut backs in other positions.

To me you buy new players to replace old ones, as part of a long term plan, not to cover temporary situations. We'll miss Sandro for the rest of the season but we've just got to get on with it.

Written by jod




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: jod Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 19 2013

Time: 3:30PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Spurs Articles

Who Gained The Most? (Wednesday April 1 2015)

Carroll Out for Season? (Wednesday April 1 2015)

Is Tom Back In The Game? (Tuesday March 31 2015)

Best of a Bad Bunch? (Tuesday March 31 2015)

Transfer Strategy (Monday March 30 2015)

THE MAN WHO CAN DO NO WRONG! (Saturday March 28 2015)

Decision Time For Dembele? (Thursday March 26 2015)

Back the Man in White! (Thursday March 26 2015)

Rose Out Of England Squad! (Thursday March 26 2015)

Archived Spurs Articles

List All Vital Spurs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Highgatespur 48
2. Spursex 27
3. Real Deal 15
4. spursgirl_4_life 15
5. spurdon 14
6. dogeatdog 9
7. Littlest Hobo 7
8. 80deg16minW 5
9. Spurfect11 5
10. zzz 5

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Spurs 4 - 3 Leicester City
Man Utd 3 - 0 Spurs
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Spurs
Spurs 3 - 2 Swansea
Spurs 2 - 2 West Ham
Liverpool 3 - 2 Spurs

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Man Utd 30 17 8 5 25 59
5. Liverpool 30 16 6 8 12 54
6. Southampton 30 16 5 9 21 53
7. Spurs 30 16 5 9 5 53
8. Swansea 30 12 7 11 -4 43
9. West Ham 30 11 9 10 3 42
10. Stoke 30 12 6 12 -3 42

Breaking League News

Are Stoke the 14th biggest club?
Stoke : 01/04/2015 20:00:00
Is Walcott on the Chelsea Radar?
Chelsea : 01/04/2015 18:57:01
Rovers Hoping for Henry Return
West Ham : 01/04/2015 18:50:01
Did You Watch England Last Night?
West Ham : 01/04/2015 18:44:01
Hammers on the Trail of Onuoha
West Ham : 01/04/2015 18:37:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Tom Carroll be a part of the Spurs squad next season?
Suggested By:  Vital Spurs
Yes 54%
No 34%
Unsure 12%