Date:Monday February 17 2014
With Juande Ramos latest comments about the Spurs board placing money above medals the latest round of debates has started about us being a selling club.
Personally this drives me up the wall and round the bend. Yes we sell players, yes we sell them at a profit and yes we buy them young hoping to produce the next Gareth Bale. I wanted to put a few thoughts across about our 'selling' mentality. I have witnessed several professional pundits credit Liverpool and Manchester United for holding onto their players whilst criticising Spurs for selling, there has also been more than a few on this site that have echoed their statements.
Let us put this into perspective shall we. Does anyone actually believe if Arsenal had offered £65 million let alone £85 million Liverpool would have said no? If it had been Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Barcelona does anyone believe that Suarez would still be there? In regards to Man United, they are the second richest club worldwide and the most dominant English club for two decades. To compare their ability to hold onto a player to ours is as ridiculous as it is staggering.
I think a good way to put some perspective into this is to look at our transfers over the last few years alongside of others. Liverpool sold Fernando Torres for £50 million, not a good transfer in hindsight because he failed to recapture his previous form but for a while he was in the conversation as the best striker in Europe. Manchester United, the giants of English football failed to hold on to Ronaldo. Van Persie forced through a bitter move from Arsenal to United. Even Barcelona was forced to sell Figo to Real Madrid. The list goes on and on with clubs selling players they don't want too, but were left with little other choice. Does this make Barcelona and Man United selling clubs?
It includes the two clubs who have been widely credited for holding onto their players, selling players they didn't want too (if anyone says Liverpool wanted to sell just remember they spent most of the proceeds on Carroll). If the offers had been right and from the right clubs I fully believe that Suarez and Rooney would be plying their trade elsewhere. When recalling our transfers to view the club in a negative light a lot of facts are often overlooked. We turned down Chelsea for a huge sum of money not to sell to a local rival, this is barely mentioned. Berbatov was sent on a plane to City, not United and this is completely forgotten.
The majority of our big sales have been to either Manchester United or Real Madrid, the biggest clubs in the world! (Bale, Modric, Carrick, and Berbatov). How could we stand in the way of Robbie Keane playing for one of his seventeen boyhood clubs? It would have been immoral. These five sales have generated roughly £190 million for our club, in my opinion that is sensational business. Through targeting young and promising players our club has been able to reinvest the profits enabling us to compete at the right end of the premier league and are we not far superior than we were ten years ago? Have we not gone from strength to strength?
In a league being dominated by obscene money are we not still competitive? The constant rebuilding is frustrating but we are not going backwards. Aston Villa was on the verge a couple of seasons ago and look at where they are now. I believe the board should have invested at the right times and have missed opportunities. I would have preferred that the stadium had at least been started by now. But we are in the motions of building a new stadium, we have arguably the strongest squad we have ever had and a brand new state of the art training complex.
I don't believe we are a selling club. As long as the price is right and the profits are reinvested I will back our policy. It is the reinvestment of sales which is the difference! between a club selling and a selling club after all unless we are bought by a sugar daddy it is the only formulae for sustained success.
Written by spurticus87
Date:Monday February 17 2014
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