This transfer window has had ups and downs for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the like many a supporter has never before experienced.
We have lost arguably the biggest impact player in the premiership, yet have replaced him with significant quality.
As the late night deadline comes around we are uncharacteristically likely to be one of the clubs NOT involved in a last minute brawl for sub-standard additions to appease our expectant fans.
However, despite the air of promise currently settling around White Hart Lane, I find myself to be concerned.
Before I elaborate further, I stress that this is in no way reactionary to our game against our great North London rivals yesterday, however it is a reflective critique of our comparative squad with Arsenal in view of it.
To contextualise, yesterday we were beaten, beaten by a singular goal, the kind all teams will concede over the course of the season. The performance otherwise, was controlled. We contained possession yet could not really be direct or incisive in attack. But for a few Kyle Walker impacted moments, it perhaps could have a been a different story.
I am not concerned because our players will inevitably need time to adapt. Paulinho has been here the longest and even he still seems some way off the pace. In my conservative estimation it will take 10 to 15 games to truly adapt to the pace of the premiership for forwards and midfielders (defenders slightly less), and so a defeat to a rival this early on, incidentally leaving us now both on 6 points from a possible 9, is by no means the titular disaster this article refers to.
However, were our strongest 11 to have been fully bedded-in yesterday, would the story have been different? Possibly, but Arsenal are by no means a poor side. They have inventive players and can damage teams, as we have continually seen season after season at the Emirates. They have NEVER missed out on a place in the Champions League- that in itself should tell us they are not to be underestimated.
Now to the disaster I referred to earlier.
What if Arsenal strengthen today? Significantly?
They have already been cited as the team we have to oust to break into the top 4.
Chelsea and the Manchester clubs will be no easy prospect to remove, and it would seem like our best chance in the season following the departure of our best player with lots of new additions.
But could a chain of transfers take place following Gareth’s move to Real Madrid?
Could, as the never mistaken media suggests, Real sell three players to Arsenal on this deadline day?!
The names mooted are Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and, most notably (and perhaps most fearfully), Mesut Ozil. At the time of writing, the last transfer is significantly far along and looks almost certain to go through.
If this happens Arsenal will be an attacking juggernaut! Benzema, Di Maria, Ozil, Cazorla, Walcott, to name but a few.
If ever a club could so perfectly reflect the wisdom in the quote , “if they score two, we’ll score three!”, then it would be a club boasting that attacking line-up. And therein lies the rub. Who can beat the team that will out score you in any event?
Tottenham may have strengthened significantly but we are not currently free-scoring and creativity embodied.
I know this may come, but even if it does, would be still be able to our score the teams from the other end of the Seven Sisters Road?
I truly, truly hope so, but if not, then we could have suffered a deadline day do stater without even being involved!
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