The 'Top Six' is dead .... long live the 'Top Five'!
The 'Top Six' is dead .... long live the 'Top Five'! Well, looking at the table you'd be forgiven for thinking that the top five clubs are far better than what comes after them. As a wise 'Football God' once said .... 'clubs have good times and clubs have bad times; and neither will last'. I'm not sure how Arsenal supporters would subscribe to that theory but it works for me.
There are only eight games remaining until the end of the season. How do we compare to our four main rivals? Firstly, we do not compare well with Manchester City but that's okay because no clubs compare well to City this season. So, we can all forget about them!
We are currently in third place in the table, with United above us, and Liverpool and Chelsea below us. There is very little difference between the statistics of all four clubs. Having helped to eliminate our neighbours from the power group of PL football our next target will be to improve our capacity to consistently out-perform the remaining four.
THFC have spared no expense in building a stadium that will rank with the best stadiums in the world .... and that's for any sport. The cynics among us would suggest that the owners are increasing the value of the club before selling it. Now, here's the thing; what good would a world class stadium be to any prospective buyer if it boasts a mediocre team plying its trade therein. A buyer would not want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a state-of-the-art stadium that can only boast half-capacity attendance because the team does not match the facility. A world class stadium without a world class team has the potential to be a dud. And if we lost our best players without adequately replacing them; that could well be the result. So I can't see that happening.
Whether you love him or hate him, you have to agree that Mr Levy is a very astute business man. The fact that a world class stadium requires a world class team to make it a viable venture would not have escaped him. And that is the basis of my optimism for the immediate future of our club. Levy likes to win. It's in his DNA as a business man. Again, the cynics would argue that in football terms he has won nothing, and that's true. But most of Levy's business deals are pursued patiently and on his own terms. He is unbending in his business dealings, and usually successful. He seems to have the same approach to football. And, make no mistake, Levy is a Tottenham supporter. Therefore, unless you think Levy is totally stupid, it follows that he is well aware that both the business and football sides of THFC have to be successful if the value of the club is to increase.
We have a fantastic training facility to compliment our new stadium. Levy will, I'm sure, procure sponsorship deals and naming right deals that will greatly increase Tottenham's financial capacity. Every move Levy makes is designed to provide the club with a successful and sustainable future. The new facilities are a huge testimony to his intent. And I would be very surprised if future transfer dealings did not also match this intent .... be it on Levy's terms.