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AVB explains Damiao Failure.

AVB explains Damiao Failure.

Andre Villas-Boas has tried to appease those fans dismayed at the clubs failure to sign a striker, after claiming the price of Damiao didn't meet they valuation and spiralled out of proportion

Though this perhaps doesn't explain why there wasn't a Plan B option, it does perhaps give an indication that Spurs will as usual be looking to keep the purse strings tight and only spend what they see as their valuation and not be drawn into an auction by greedy clubs and agents. I will leave you to debate whether that is a good or bad thing and whether clubs sometimes have to bite the bullet, should a signing be seen as essential.

Speaking of the move, Andre Villas-Boas said 'We`ve approached this market very, very sensibly, If (the price) was going to go out of proportion we would step out of it. We couldn`t agree on the full conditions so we move on.'

AVB also hinted that Spurs will not try to sign the Brazilian in the summer and yet again suffer an ever changing valuation, as he continued; 'Will we sign him in the summer? I don`t think so. It`s probably finished by now.' Based on that, I assume we have other targets, and it will be interesting to see who they are in the summer, and I wonder if they were all out of the question in the last month...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Friday February 1 2013
Time: 4:00PM

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Defoe, Dempsey, Hudd and Lennon mugged AVB into thinking they could score/create. When their usual soft spice boy dip in form came around it was too late. Gotta learn the hard way AVB. As soon as you put your faith in the vapid nightclub brigade, you will lose your job.
gibbs131
01/02/2013 15:34:00
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http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/football/tottenham-hotspur/spurs_have_abandoned_their_pursuit_of_leandro_damiao_says_avb_1_1856399 So no Damiao for Spurs. ENIC OUT! LEVY OUT! If we not finish top 4 AVB OUT!
noone
01/02/2013 16:04:00
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well ok, it isn`t the mistake from AVB. So AVB in and give him a chance!
noone
01/02/2013 16:05:00
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It didn't really happen it is all media lies...oh, wait.
shedboy2
01/02/2013 16:14:00
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Nice sensible club management. We want Tottenham to be around for years to come, and no point taking crazy risks for the CL dream, ask Leeds fans. We have been progressing steadily for 8 years now, and will continue to progress at our own steady rate. Spurs are on the way up, and not signing a striker in January 2013 isn't going to completely de-rail 8 years of advancement. Anyway, with Holtby we will probably go back to playing 1 striker so we won't actually be that short.
Tactically Challenge
01/02/2013 16:17:00
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AVB is best keeping out of it...so far he's played a blinder from having people like me questioning his appointment he's now got the fans on side and Levy is seen as the weak link...he should have just said 'speak to the chairman about transfers, he deals with it all'...
shedboy2
01/02/2013 16:18:00
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TC- we were on the way up, reached the CL, re-gained top4....it remains to be seen where we go from here. No new money in two years doesn't lead me to believe we're still on the way up....a 450m debt is a huge gamble we're far more likely to do a Valencia than a Leeds...how many years til we pay it off?
shedboy2
01/02/2013 16:23:00
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I don't understand what transpired with this deal. Do we not have a partnership with Inter? Have we not been chasing this player for 2 years? Why did we open negotiations about 4 hours till the close of the window when we are famous for long drawn out deals? It's funny how Chelski can get Oscar from Inter done and dusted without any problems, but us with Dimao, Oh dear Arshavin all over again. Final question, we must have known the approx valuation so why was there no other options courted? Is Dimao the only striker for AVB? (that was the final question)
Cleveland ARTSPURS
01/02/2013 16:24:00
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From the little I have seen of Damiao he didn't look all that special anyway. However we should have had several alternatives to pursue and I think everyone is a little anxious as to what will happen the rest of this season. Can't help feeling this another wasted season as Levy consistently fails to fill the major hole in our squad with quality.
Harry-Kari
01/02/2013 16:24:00
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After waking up and thinking about things logically without the drama of the window still open, i feel we had a decent window. Yes we needed a striker, but would it have made sense to get someone in now that AVB did not really want? (Maybe a loan deal for a quick fix until the end of the season would have filled the void). We got rid of Jenas and upgraded him with a player with real world class potential. The only thing we done wrong was let townsend go on loan, i said yesterday that not getting a striker was fustrating but leaving ourselves short in key positions is suicide, especially when he was already here. A front four of Lennon, Bale,Defoe and Ade is not too shabby, i just think townsend was the only one from the bench who could inject pace into the game and change things up, now we cut our selves off with that option.
spurfect one
01/02/2013 16:25:00
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Fear thee not, we've got Harry Kane back!

As to what our summer targets could be, there might be some very interesting strikers coming available if for example Aston Villa get relegated, and Newcastle is in danger too.
Jables
01/02/2013 16:26:00
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Although disappointed that we didn't get a striker in the window, must confess that I didn't think that Damiao is worth around the 16/17 mil. bid. January is a difficult window and only the really desperate pay over the odds. However, I was hoping that the scouts would have made it a priority to solve our striking dilemma!
Durbanspur
01/02/2013 16:26:00
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I believe AVB was made a scapegoat in this situation. Levy is pulling strings from behind the scenes. I didn't hold my breath about this particular transfer (as his price does seem a bit inflated to me) but our inability to bring in a quality forward for 4 years now genuinely strikes (no pun intended) me. Is it some sort of a joke that went too far? It's like people saying Wenger won't spend and then he refuses to spend just to irritate them.
Moscovite
01/02/2013 16:30:00
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I think it`s a smoke screen to try & prevent a fans backlash .
wasn`t hard to spot the deal would be complicated so stop taking us for mugs .IMO it was one big bull$hit cover up .
leandro is becoming their transfer scapegoat
big cockeral
01/02/2013 16:30:00
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BigC +1
Cleveland ARTSPURS
01/02/2013 16:32:00
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gibbs131 is 100% right. Coaches can have an impact on matches, I don't doubt that at all. For me though this game is and always will be about players, and not so much their ability to control a football but what's going on in their heads, what makes up thier DNA. We here at Spurs have been unlucky to round up the softest bunch of so called pros I have seen. These guys aren't little kids anymore 30, 25, 26 year old men some of them are. Now the transfer window is closed we have to hope these players will shape up and ensure that performances like we have seen in the last 3 games wont happen again this year.
BlackStar Spur
01/02/2013 16:35:00
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bigc+2
shedboy2
01/02/2013 16:35:00
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Cleveland, it's really not that hard to understand. Chelsea don't have a budget. They threw 25M at him plus whatever in wages and now he is theirs. We don't have that luxury. If we'd have given Internacionale 25M and given Leandro 75k/week, the deal would be done. If Oscar flops, Chelsea will just throw more money at the problem. If Leandro flops, that's transfer funds and wages that come out of what we can afford. Bentley hurts us every week. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 16:35:00
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There's no perhaps about it, it absolutely doesn't explain the lack of a Plan B. If Inter and/or Damiao were trying to wring too much out of us, then fair enough backing out makes sense. But Damiao is far from being the only decent young striker around, and the apparent lack of any fall back option worries me.
darkenvai
01/02/2013 16:36:00
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There's nothing logical about this....do we need a striker yes or no? -yes. Can we afford one that is better than we have? No. Really? in the whole world our scouting/coaching network can not identify 1 striker who is better than we have (or at least suitable for the system) and that we can afford?...yet the conclusion is we are a well run club?...either we're skint (not well run) or our scouting/coaches are not up to it (not well run)...
shedboy2
01/02/2013 16:37:00
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BiC, sure, or Willian and Leadro have been part of the grand design and both were priced out of what we were willing to pay. Neither selling club was motivted by anything but money. I don't take AVB to be a parrot or a puppet. He seems a very grounded, thoughtful man. He has a plan. He will revise the plan and move on to other targets. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 16:39:00
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I don't think it is a smokescreen. I'd be happier if it were. Now we are left without Damiao, and, seemingly, without any future intention of signing him. I'd much rather it had been a big lie to hide the fact that Levy was saving his pennies for a bumper Brazilian buy in the summer. Miffed.
darkenvai
01/02/2013 16:41:00
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we could have sold Gylfi for 10m got his 75k pw off the books....added 10m from the 13-17m we apparently offered and got a striker for net 10m without increasing the wages.... Gylfi must be doing things in training we don't see on the pitch...
shedboy2
01/02/2013 16:42:00
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I'm with Levy & co on this one, Damiao is not worth £20m+. End of discussion, no point paying over the odds when he is a huge risk. Has had a barren spell domestically & amassed two goals in 14 for Brazil, of which both were scored in friendlies (Ghana & Sweden). How anyone can quote £20m+ for him is absolutely ludicrous in my opinion. That being said we should have had more than one target, surely?
Mex_yiddo
01/02/2013 16:42:00
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On Bentley, I read today that his contract runs until 2014 not 2013 as it has been generally assumed on here. Also read that QPR did want to sign him but weren't prepared to pay the fee Levy was asking. Levy apparently isn't letting Bentley go without recouping some of the £15m he paid.
GARYKIR
01/02/2013 16:43:00
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whoever said this is a smokescreen to avoid a Levy backlash I agree 100%.. I say let's not fall for it.. I say maintain the pressure, maintain the Levy backlash. He goes home, counts his money and laughs at us.
Cape Town Spurs
01/02/2013 16:45:00
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Dark, perhaps he didn't want a Plan B guy. Hooper could have been had. Son could have been had. Altidore could have been had. Loads of players could have been had. Not many of any real quality that were going to supplnat Defoe and Adebayor. He spoke of Hooper. While being respectful, he certainly did not seem to be interested in him on any level. AVB is fairly direct and measured in his comments. Plan B might well have been that we save it for later and go with Defoe, Adebayor, Dempsey, Kane and introduce Holtby in behind whoever is firing. He did say before the window he did not expect there to be any signings. I take Holtby, Fryers and extending Pritchard to be good work. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 16:46:00
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oh FFS, how many seasons do people have to go through deluding themselves that next window will be the one, before they finally wake up and drink the kool aid
Cape Town Spurs
01/02/2013 16:47:00
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AVB says " I assume we have other targets and it will be interesting to see who they are". His he not allowed to choose his own transfer targets. . So Levy really does pick the players that spurs go after and AVB gets no say in it . Thats the way that statement comes across
whitehartmart
01/02/2013 16:49:00
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Tactically Challenge "1 striker so we won't actually be that short" - apart from the fact that our one current striker is Defoe :)
In-spurs-ational
01/02/2013 16:50:00
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Peter, seriously, are you like an ENIC PR merchant... I respect your comments and do not wish to come across in any other way, but there is this un-ending blind allegiance. It's like Levy could burm your house down and you'd still say he's a great guy. I just do not get it. Too much bias in one direction. You make so much sense that you don't make any sense. Have you been found out, agent BallB?
Cape Town Spurs
01/02/2013 16:51:00
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The irony in all of this is that this is a club that we pompously announced to have a partnership with. "With friends like these, who needs enemies" springs to mind.
Moscovite
01/02/2013 16:52:00
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Cape Town Spurs, we are Spurs fans. We are eternal optimists
In-spurs-ational
01/02/2013 16:52:00
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....even though events should dictate otherwise
In-spurs-ational
01/02/2013 16:53:00
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and before you all think I am mad, Peter is exactly the type of commentator that PR companies hire and place up on sites such as this to sway opinion. Trust me. I know this business. Peter?
Cape Town Spurs
01/02/2013 16:53:00
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shedboy, if Defoe, Dempsey and Adebayor were all scoring, the answer to your question would have been no. If we had won at QPR, Norwich and Leeds, there is no way we do anything but stand pat. Holtby would not have been brought in until the summer. If Holtby can get Adebayor scoring (and/or Defoe) then we are in decent shape. It'll be 4-5-1 with 4-4-2 as an option if we are chasing games. Adebayor, Dempsey and Defoe combined for 45 goals and some 20 assists last season. They just need to contribute as they are able. Goals from Lennon, Bale, Holtby, Sigurdsson and Dembele would be of great assistance as well. Work on free kicks and corners. Defend solidly as w have for some time now and fourth is there to be taken. Every one of the 5 clubs fighting for the final 2 CL positions have issues. It's in our hands. 3 points this weekend and onward. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 16:54:00
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Moscovite, the partnership is like the one between Dan Gallagher and Alex Forrest (bonus point for anyone who can name the film)
In-spurs-ational
01/02/2013 16:57:00
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Moscovite, the partnership is like the one between Dan Gallagher and Alex Forrest (bonus point for anyone who can name the film)
In-spurs-ational
01/02/2013 16:57:00
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"if Defoe, Dempsey and Adebayor were all scoring" Yeah, there is a Russian saying: "If a granny had a dick she would have been a grandpa".
Moscovite
01/02/2013 16:58:00
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Well picked up whitehartmart, a clear indication, and almost to the point where he really isn't getting a say! Interesting.
Jantheman
01/02/2013 17:01:00
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Peter - that's the impression that I get. There hasn't been any talk of, well, we were in for some others and that didn't come off either etc. Although, as has been noted, AVB is somewhat more reticent in this regard than his predecessor. The thing is, while the market opens up somewhat in the summer, it will still be essentially the same pool of players (minus Damiao and Willian) that he'll be fishing in, and we won't get the benefit of the new signing for the rest of this campaign. As for the addition of Holtby and Fryers, brilliant stuff. Holtby in particular could prove to be the making of the second half of our season.
darkenvai
01/02/2013 17:01:00
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... don't think spurs don't have a pr company, and don't think pr companies are not aware of the influence of social networks... and don't imagine they do not plant their agents to sow the seed of their paymasters... peter b is just too perfect, too balanced, to stat-ful to be real... sorry Peter if I am wrong, but I just don't believe that I am.
Cape Town Spurs
01/02/2013 17:01:00
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CapeTownSpurs, while it absurd to be on the payroll of ENIC from Mississauga, Ontario, I'd love to do it. If there is a position out there, I would gladly accept it. I would indicate that I was so employed however. I have no financial interest in the club whatsoever. I buy the merchandise, I watch the games. Have done so since the early 70's. I see an owner in ENIC that has moved us from mid-table mediocrity to being on the cusp of CL and in the conversation every year. I also see a club that has gone from a valuation of about 100M to over half a billion (with a B) in a decade or so. I wanted the stadium years ago. That said, I am glad we didn't because I was able to go to WHL twice in August. I do know, however that businesses worth 100M usually do not get funding for 400M projects. A 564M business though has little issue getting money for a 450M project so long as they can show their finances are in order. There will be players available in the summer. Alderweirald (I'd make it Howedes instead), a young keeper, an up top lone striker, another DMF and wing options would all be sweet, but then some might come from within. Pritchard is apparently not far off. The striker (or 2) will have to be bought. They will have to be players that AVB wants though. Bent and Odemwingie were available if we just wanted a striker for striker's sake. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 17:04:00
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If AVB have no say in it, Levy would have taken the money for Gylfi, 10 million if you believe the media, and that would be it. Same thing with Hudds, who was very close to sign for Fulham, according to Jol.
dannylane
01/02/2013 17:06:00
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I would hate to see how some of the Levy haters balance the books for their own personal finances.
laughter7
01/02/2013 17:07:00
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Hudd yes Gylfi no!
Slurms McKenzie
01/02/2013 17:08:00
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Ox you mention not being drawn into an auction by greedy clubs, surely they don,t come any greedier than Levy
whitehartmart
01/02/2013 17:08:00
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If Hudd went to Fulham he wouldn't be able to cut his hair. EVER.
Moscovite
01/02/2013 17:10:00
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Peter the answer to my first question was- Yes, the club answered it by making a bid for a striker. IF my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle...big word that little IF...If only Dempsey were a striker and had pace, If only Defoe could hold the ball and link play, If only Ade were here! If only he can be bothered....If only we had a plan B, If only we'd built the stadium 10years ago, If only we were not skint because of it now etc...
shedboy2
01/02/2013 17:10:00
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Cape- I don't think Peter is an agent....he's been around a while but I'm sure there are PR guys on here from time to time.
shedboy2
01/02/2013 17:14:00
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I personally love the way we are doing business now. A great couple of young buys and a load of deadwood off the books. What's not to like. We have Defoe, Ade and Dempsey who have been good enough for a 4th place finish thus far. I don't doubt that they will be gradually replaced as and when the right forwards come available at the right price and the right time. We are doing things sensibly and with a plan. What do people expect us to do? Throw £50m (including wages) at an unproven Damiao and hope we qualify for the CL 2 years running just to pay for one player!? Or bring in short-term fixes like Saha or Heskey who bring nothing but a drain on the wages to the table? Its coming together and remarkably we are still 4th and in the UEFA Cup. The only big disappointment for me was losing to Leeds, we really should still be gunning for the FA Cup but its gone now so i have to move on!
StillRickyVilla
01/02/2013 17:14:00
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Peter - you state (again) that a club worth 100m couldn't get funding for a stadium...yes they could all the owner has to do is underwrite it being worth 3.5bn it wouldn't have been too difficult and he wouldn't have had to dip into his own pocket...but I guess we're leveraged to the new millstone stadium now so no money for players for a while...
shedboy2
01/02/2013 17:18:00
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Peter from Ontario, your answer is why I love & respect you, it is also why I question your heritage. So many stats, facts, figures...
Cape Town Spurs
01/02/2013 17:19:00
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Nobody in their right mind who has heard Peter rail against ENIC-appointed Harry Redknapp would think he was doing PR for them.
darkenvai
01/02/2013 17:20:00
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Dark, I believe it will be worse in the summer. If Guardiola is targeting Suarez and Falcao prices will be ratcheted right up. Chelsea will again be buying. City no doubt too. RM probably too. Italian clubs seem to be spending freely again. All that said, it should not affect us. Ifwe get CL, options will be there from the get go. If not, it will be the same old. We need to be looking at the next Berbatov. Perhaps a player like Aspas. Or an Arnautovic. Or a RVN type like Castaignos. I wish we had signed Son and Belhanda. We didn't. We spend more than we sell in virtually every year. Our wages are getting more an more competitive. It's a process. I suspect that Plan B guys were not pursued because we already have them. Unlike Harry, AVB chose not to add to the Plan B roster. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 17:20:00
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peter- we spent more than we recouped up until 2 years ago..the spigot has been turned off. No more transfer budget.
shedboy2
01/02/2013 17:27:00
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I have a message for you all from pelebro.."enic out enic out enic out, I want to marry Frank"
tophobunty
01/02/2013 17:30:00
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I don't think that we should be going toe to toe with the giants of Europe for our striking options. We can't, so we won't anyway. We should be looking at the kind of options that you've listed above, and our scouts, knowing that we aren't going to be able to afford the very best should be looking far and wide for the next Berbatov. Plan B might mean having to settle for worse than Damiao or Willian, but it doesn't mean buying worse than we've already got. The big issue with Harry's Plan B blokes was that Levy only gave him peanuts to buy them with and, surprise, surprise, we ended up, for the most part, with monkeys. I accept that we can't afford the very best, but then again, I don't think we need it. With the number of good chances that we create, even a slight upgrade on our current strike force would convert into the kind of points gain that would have guaranteed us 3rd place last season and see us sitting pretty now. That, for me, is the crying shame. We don't need brilliant, we just need better.
darkenvai
01/02/2013 17:34:00
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I would rather we make white hart lane bigger. We bought up all the land around the ground, surely it would be a lot cheaper and quicker to up the capacity to what we want than build a new ground, and that way it will still be called white hart lane . You said it yourself peterbulb you wanted to visit the lane
whitehartmart
01/02/2013 17:34:00
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Only 23 players on our senior squad list...including Sandro and Bentley. We must be saving a fortune in wages....
shedboy2
01/02/2013 17:36:00
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We had a net spend of nearly 6M this year, so I guess there's a leak. Fact is, I expect that there will continue to be a small net spend or a small net gain going forward for so long as our salaries are at about 70% of revenues. Our wages keep creeping up. If revenues do, we're ok, if not, we're in trouble. Making the group stages would give us 20-25M more revenue. The PL TV deal gives us 20M more every year starting next year. That is inflationary though as all teams get the same. We need Bentley and Gomes off the books. Maybe Hudd, Dawson andParker too. Those 5 salaries could pay three players fairly well while mixing in a few kids.

It seems AVB was the one that did not want to let Sigurdsson go. If it was just about profit, we could have kept Townsend and sold Sigurdsson on. 2M made. Isn't that what people keep alleging Levy does? COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 17:37:00
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Cape Town - there is no denying that Levy have brought us into the top five zone, brought first taste of cl football, more exciting football, training ground plus stadium to come, even brought a trophy... Don't you remember us being mostly bottom half in the ten years before Levy? I have not even mentioned the state of the finances. Just because we do not sign a striker, you want to disregard all that? I am not saying that he hasn't made mistakes... But the guy has done a fine job. Balance the good with the bad...he comes out well ontop.
TonyRich
01/02/2013 17:37:00
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I'm an unashamed PR man, but my interest in Spurs preceded my PR career by some 11 years (and I didn't start work until I was 21 or so). The only axe I have to grind is as a lifelong supporter, not as a bagman either for Daniel Levy, AVB or the club. And yet, for all the frustration that comes with that support, I wouldn't have it any other way. We are a sustainable, well run business first and foremost - without a sound financial platform there would be no team, no stadium plan, nothing. We are - from the standpoint of a fan - also a beautiful team to watch, at least most of the time. But then even Barcelona have their of days. So what's the problem? We failed to sign a player that most of you seem not to rate as highly as those who own the rights to sell him. Whatever the conjecture, we have absolutely no idea of the behind-the-scenes machinations that take place between clubs during the window. Let's be ambitious for sure. But let's not lose sight of what we've got and what remains the envy of many others.
Dans neighbour
01/02/2013 17:39:00
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On a separate note, I see that Sandro has been included in the Premier League squad list. Do you think this is simply because there was plenty of room and it couldn't hurt to put him there, or, inshallah, that there is the whisper of a chance that he could be back before the end of the season? I also see that Bentley is there. I, for one, am looking forward to further demonstrations of his tricksy tricks :-D
darkenvai
01/02/2013 17:39:00
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I think it more likely , that Reading offered no more than £6mill' for siggurdsen. Than the £10 mill' quoted. I don't think Mr.levy would have turned £10 mill' down...he be not that daft.
82spursdebut
01/02/2013 17:46:00
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shedboy, next year, if we finish the cull of the surplus to requirement players we will start to see a stabilization of the wages (assuming we don't go and pay wages above what Bale and Ade get). This year will still be a large increase. All of Sigurdsson, Vertonghen, Dembele, Dempsey, Holtby, Lloris are on wages that eclipse Corluka, Kranjcar, Pav, Modric (who was on peanuts). We are, like Barca do, reducing our senior player list, and IMO, is the better way to go. Pay 22 guys each 5k/week more rather than employ three more guys who really won't see the pitch anyway.

Just a thought, with Holtby in, what if we went to 4-3-3. Lennon, Defoe and Bale up top. Parker in the middle of Holtby and Dembele and a solid back four in front of Lloris. Bale seems to want to go all over the place anyway. defoe has shown he is happy to go outside if that's where the space is and Lennon when flitting all about is a handful. That might even allow (no abuse please) us to play Bentley in a situation where delivery, not pace would be preferred if Dembele were out. Hudd could cover for Parker. Sigurdsson for Holtby and Dempsey as a replacement up top for any of the three. You lose pace, but he gets in good positions. Thoughts? COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 17:48:00
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Peterb - the wages are at a maintainable level. There is no point in reducing the wage bill THAT much. We need Parker, because Sandro's injury record is poor. Besides, we spent money on Parker that we won't get back. So the earlier you shed him, the less value he was. That would be counter intuitive. Bentley will be ending his mega deal soon, and I am sure that we have budgetted accordingly. Dawson does not want to go, and is more than handy to have around. We do not have enough captain types. Gomes is temporarily off the books...
TonyRich
01/02/2013 17:48:00
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Dark, you will notice that I did include Bentley in my design, larely because after his tricksy-tricks at snail's pace, he is more than capable of delivering a quality cross in to the box.

82spursdebut, we have not seen anything near the best of what Sigurdsson has to offer. He was very unlucky not to score the other day and has had some keepers make some pretty good saves. Snakebitten he is. 10M or 12M or 15M, I don't think we sell. Above that, obviously you take the money and run. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 17:54:00
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Peter. Chelsea may have unlimited funds but they met the valuation for Oscar, it was done and dusted. If we can't meet the Dimao valuation and are unwilling to pay him 75k per week, then we have no business being involved in the first place. DL must have known his valuation way before the last day of the window. I don't really care about Dimao that much, but I don't like DL spinning the fans a yarn like he does. It's insulting and is difficult to understand why he does it when nobody really believes it anymore.
Cleveland ARTSPURS
01/02/2013 17:56:00
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TonyRich, and I am just guessing, I believe the wages for this year will be in excess of 70% of revenues. It is beyond what it should be, but as I mention, the offloading of the bloated squad players will bring that back in line next year. There is a market for Parker. In another 18 months there will not be. I would have gotten Sissokho and Belhanda in. But then I'd have brought in Son too. None of that matters though. Gallas is at the end. Bentley at worst, is here for another 18 months. Jenas is gone. If Gomes plays well, wse should be able to move him in the summer. I fail to see how Hudd will fit in going forward. If BAE stays and Fryers can play, what of Rose. If Pritchard looks great, what of Townsend. Smith might supplant Walker and Naughton. There will be futher changes this summer. Aftyer that, salaries and ins and outs should be fairly consistent. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 18:02:00
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peterballb, Bentley was supposed to be the new Beckham. Maybe now is actually like the current Beckham (minus the box office status). Slow but can deliver a good ball.
In-spurs-ational
01/02/2013 18:03:00
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Nearly scoring is not good enough.....Compare to Townsend, for example. Townsend has scored at least 3 goals for spurs...yet has appeared less than siggy'. You could just take this season, as example....i.e...Townsend has done more for spurs this season, than siggy'...yet has appeared, less than a 1/4 of the time, than siggy. Siggy'....slows the game down too much, is cumbersome and easy to tackle.......but..he be young and may come good......but never ever better than Townsend. I would persevere with siggy' from the bench this season, as a utility player. I do also wonder if he could not do the goalhanger job..and be told to get on the end of Bales and lennons..or whoevers cross's. But Addy' comes first...after afcn.
82spursdebut
01/02/2013 18:07:00
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you guys make me smile... imagine the disagreements we could have if we spent 4 hours together in the same bar.. actually don't! night all
Cape Town Spurs
01/02/2013 18:10:00
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DL made no such comment. The club never stated we were going in to get him. Negociations occur ll the time. Holtby came out of the blue, but we all know that that was not the case. He had been watched and tracked. And we pounced. Holtby is on very good wages. Didn't stop us from doing the deal because we likely agreed with the valuation. Harry constantly complains about how ridiculous players and agents are about the wages. Just because we want Leandro does not mean we should pay over the odds. If that's what it came down to, you walk away. Or you do a Leeds. If you don't get bit bad on this one you will on the next one. Bentley is the perfect example. 2 good seasons, we bought him for a large sum and we gave him a huge contract. I'm sure we could not give him away without subsidizing the wages. Hopefully he gets to play and shows what he can do. The talent was there. The six inches between his ears have just gotten in the way of it developing and coming out. COYS
peterballb
01/02/2013 18:12:00
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Peterballb, i am certain that AVB will want to revert to his preferred 4-3-3 as soon as he has the players of the requisite pace and intelligence to work that system. Holtby is a perfect example of someone who has the intelligence and skill to play to a plan on the pitch. Think AVB is being pragmatic just now with the players available and of course not wanting to change too much of Harry's work too soon. It early early days - I don't believe we've seen anything yet of where we are really going.
StillRickyVilla
01/02/2013 18:13:00
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