It’s an exciting time to be a Spurs fan. What I’ve seen this transfer window I haven’t seen before. We’ve smashed our transfer record twice – once on a 28 year old striker who is not a typical Levy signing. There is an upbeat mood (if you ignore the Bale speculation – and it is just that – speculation) with optimism for what this season could hold in store.
Is there any time for a better investment? A time for a better gambit? I don’t think so. With three of the top four managers changing we are in a stage where we’re coming off our largest points haul. We have a new team formation to be bedded in which has given amazing results for our manager everywhere he’s been able to implement it. And we’re still buying.
So, as we’re about to kick off our season I thought I’d give you my 4 predictions for the season:
1. We’re going to sell a lot of players…
I’m talking a massive overhaul. I’m saying that anyone who doesn’t fit the system, anyone who doesn’t have the level of skill to almost walk in to the first team based on their ability and what formation is being played is gone. I trust Levy to get incredible sums of money for players – but I think something will have to give. The way that they are currently working they need to free up money for salaries which means that they will have to go. Expect a lot of players leaving in the last week in the window
2. There will be a new striker
We will lose Defoe. I thought at the beginning of the window that it would be Adebayor that would go – but now I’m convinced it’ll be Defoe. More people are in for him, Adebayor will want someone to match his crazy wages. But it’s more than that – I think that he suffered a little for not having VDV behind him last season and it knocked his confidence. I think he’s dangerous on his day and I think if he can regain his form he’s an asset. We will get a new striker – someone younger who we can develop and offer us something different. I’d love someone like Hernandez – can we find someone like that? I think Baldini can.
3. We’re going to qualify for the Champions League
Not really a bold statement. I’ll go one further – I think we’ll comfortably finish third. I think our aspiration should be to aim for the title not to finish fourth. Easier said than done? Not really. Harry wasn’t a million miles away when he said we needed characters in the dressing room – people who had that winning mentality. Are we going to try and get Beckham to train with us again? I think not, but I think the winning mentality will be evident this season. And we’ll go for broke to match our aspiration – we will get third as a minimum this season.
4. Bale will stay
He’s not going anywhere. We’ve matched his ambition so far with the signings and whilst we’re maybe not building a team around him, we’re buying quality players that can be as good as he was last season. Soldado and Paulinho are just two examples of this. I’m actually glad we’re not building a team around him – we have an excellent spine to the team and that’s what we should focus on. To everyone saying that we’re spending the money that we will get for Bale – I disagree. When has Levy ever done that? It’s not even a good strategy on paper. He’s staying. Put him in your fantasy football team.
So I can’t wait. It’s going to be amazing. But am I crazy? Do you think I’m right on all points or maybe I’m just an overly optimistic Spurs who says the same thing this time every year?
I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below…
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