As a lifelong Spurs fan, I am used to the usual hysteria when it comes to the transfer window I wasn’t, however, prepared for the drama this particular window would bring. The excitement this season is focused upon who is leaving the lane – not a new star signing.
In recent days rumours have been circulating within the tabloids of unrest at the Lane. Lamela, Holtby and Capoue have been strongly linked with moves away from North London with Defoe already having signed for Toronto. All three players have had a very short career at Tottenham and none of them have featured regularly since Sherwood’s reign began.
Holtby, a favourite with the fans due to his sheer enthusiasm for Tottenham, has played just 63 minutes of competitive football since Sherwood took control of the team on 16 December. At merely 23 years of age, it seems very rash to allow a promising player to leave the club after less than a year at Spurs. Speculation mounts that his current £67k-a-week salary has been thought unjustifiable whilst his squad position remains uncertain.
Sherwood is speculated to also be keen to offload the French midfielder Capoue in his overhaul of the team. The loss of Capoue seems particularly baffling, having been injured for over a month and only halfway through his first season at Tottenham Hotspur. Before his injury he was in fine form, and therefore this rumour is particularly surprising. From the outside it appears particularly unjust for him to be singled out as surplus to requirements without him having opportunity to prove his worth. Furthermore, with rumours speculating Spurs are willing to make a 1.5 million pound loss on him with a sale to Napoli, the decision is even more incomprehensible.
The biggest shock for most fans however is the speculation concerning the departure of Lamela. The record-breaking signing for the club has barely featured in either AVB’s or Sherwoods’ plans. For a player that showed such great promise at Roma it seems ludicrous to allow such a promising young star to leave the club without giving him an opportunity to fulfil his full potential. With Lamela openly stating his struggles to settle within North London, it seems the wiser option would be to allow the player to settle both within the squad and to his new surroundings before expecting him to be a game changer so early in his career.
Whether the players do depart the club or not in January, the situation appears to have been handled extremely poorly by the club. With so many players leaving in such a short space of time the apparent lack of stability at Spurs is a cause for concern. Furthermore, with Sherwood adamant he isn’t going to make any signings this transfer window, it seems the team is simply losing both quality and quantity which can only be detrimental to the club’s ambitions.
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