In this, and the last few summers, there have been a number of players Tottenham have been connected to but failed to make their own, such as Daimao, and this brings up a question…Are Tottenham a team players want to move to?
There is a lot of initial interest from both sides but as soon as the prospective player has another team interested in him, his interest magically fades away.
So, here is my 5 reasons for and against a player moving to Tottenham (don’t worry, it’s short!);
1) Despite Bale most likely staying this summer there seems to be a general concensus that he will be off sooner rather than later. A club losing a player such as Bale must do some damage to other players interest in the club…at least ones of the profile to take us forward.
2) The wages we can offer are relatively small when compared to the other local teams and teams in Europe that we are aiming to compete with. I realise this is linked with the size of the stadium we have but in the short term we are unable to finance the very best players.
3) We have no Champions League Football for next season. It’s gutting to all of us but it’s a fact.
4) There are no trophies, of a good quality, that we can win next season realistically. All the top players want to compete to win the best prizes…just look at Sol Campbell for example,I’d personally rather not but it’s a good starting point, he left to win, RVP also left to win. Unless you are offering the player a step up he is very unlikely to want to come.
5) Size of stadium is also, in my personal opinion, a slight problem, and one that I appreciate will be fixed.
1)Bale will, barring some horrific Daniel Levy based incident, be at Spurs next year. The chance just to play with a player like this for one year is highly appealing to most players, he also sells the club fantastically well by the fact that he hasn’t gone to Madrid. Other players must look at this and appreciate that we have something special!
2)AVB is still at spurs! This would have been the greatest loss to us by far if he had gone, and despite reports (http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/tottenham-manager-andre-villas-boas-claims-2010008?) that he wants to become a rally driver within the next 10 years he can still do very good by us before such a time!
3)Baldini…well, what can you really say about this man. Director / director of football at Roma (twice), Real Madrid and, not forgetting, assistant manager of England. He is incredibly well respected within football and can only help our reputation and should help to attract players. For example look how long it was taking to get Paulinho, within a few weeks of Baldini coming it’s almost done, hopefully the same will be the case with David Villa!
4)Young and aspiring people attract other with the same personalities. AVB has injected a freshness into the team, and, combine that with new ideas and you get this buzz that all the players seem to have talked about. Our recruitment policy of buying young gives an energy to the squad, which other players want to be in.
5) Finally, the stadium is in the pipeline. This one isn’t just about the fact of having a bigger and better stadium, it’s about the message that it sends, one that says we are a team trying to build something special and not just stick with what we have and be happy with it!
The conclusion to this mini-article would have to be that Spurs is a very attractive team to play for at the moment. The only players that I could see Tottenham not being attractive to would be those who are criminally short sighted, or, players who are old and yet to achieve anything and therefore cannot wait for success.
I think right now is a very exciting time for Tottenham but next season really could be the make or break one, with a hell of a lot to lose and quite a fair bit to gain.
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