Young Guns: Go For It?
One thing seems evident with our summers transfer activity and that is that we are looking at the players age and ability to "run around, a bit"…
From the players we are seemingly looking to recruit and offload, it seems evident that we are looking for players of quality, but who also have youth to develop, which also works well for Levy and Enic, as it also offers a greater potential to sell on and a big profit (not that I blame them).
Equally important, is that we are seemingly looking at players with energy and willingness to play the Poch way. A high pressing game and one that of course demands fitness, a strong work ethic, as well as excellent technical qualities.
Now I`m not discounting players who are closing in on thirty, as being over the hill, but when it is rumoured that we are looking to move on the likes of Dawson, Kaboul and a few others, is this really surprising?
Of course there are other deciding factors, beyond age. there is an injury record, ability to play a system and the their contract situation. Kaboul and Dawson have one and two years remaining on their current deals, so there is the obvious need to address this, one way or another. Thing is, you just know that any new arrival is likely to be under 25.
Whilst accepting there are several strong reasons why we need to go with youth, does this then detract from the team and squad, in terms of experience? Without looking too closely, I see a potential that our regular line-ups could have an average age of under 25, when players are not supposed to hit their peaks until they pass 28. Is this sensible?
We have already argued that there are too few leaders in the squad and though age doesn`t guarantee you can positively wear the armband and have respect of the other players, it usually helps to have life skills and experience, not just to lead the team, but to also have a decent percentage of character and years amongst the XI.
In todays Tottenham team, is there an expectation that the way we play and having every player drilled to do their job, is more important than the date on the players passports. I have stated previously that the Captaincy role has been diluted massively over the Prem era, but that doesn`t mean we have to dismiss the value of a few older pros, when things get tough...