The months have been counting down, but we are finally approaching the final days of the Transfer Window. The last few days of the Transfer Window are normally renowned for being Levy’s days, where he finally starts making offers for his targets and tries to get the best price possible, even if it means leaving the deal until the very last minute of the window. However, this window has been a little different to the last few windows with Levy getting to work early, securing some top signings along the way, but there is still some crucial business to be done in the coming few days.
What Have We Done So Far?
The Transfer Window for Tottenham started in mid-June when we announced the appointment of Franco Baldini as Technical Director. Baldini, who has great knowledge of the market working at huge clubs like Real Madrid and Roma, was brought in to work along side AVB, so the young manager could work under his favoured club structure. The hope was that Baldini, tasked with scouting, would find the players he thought would work well in our positive attacking play and meet with the agents and club officials to tie up the deals. Baldini was first tasked with finalising the deal for Brazilian Paulinho. Paulinho was the first signing in our positive summer; he became the first record signing when we payed in excess of £17 million to his club Corinthians for his services. Paulinho already looks like an exciting acquisition with a goal and a Man of the Match award in 3 games; he could certainly go on to become a fans favourite.
We didn’t hesitate to make our second signing either, when a couple of weeks later FC Twente had confirmed that we had agreed a fee for the signing of Nacer Chadli. We already knew the exciting winger from his couple of goals that he scored against us in the Champions League group stages during our only run in the competition. However, the first few months were not only about bringing in top quality signings, we used the window to increase our funds by selling the squad members whose roles may have been reduced by the new signings. The first major departure was promising centre back Steven Caulker, he was a player many fans were expecting big things from, however with the World Cup fast approaching he thought it would represent a better move in his career to move to Cardiff to try to book a ticket to Brazil. Next to leave was little Deuce, Clint Dempsey, he left in a deal which was a major coup for the MLS. A deal which saw all MLS clubs pay to bring the USA international back to the country and the grace the league in a Seattle Sounders shirt. The loss of our English talent also continued as the season approached, with Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Scott Parker leaving the club to join Hull and Fulham respectively (with Livermore’s move being a season-long loan).
The biggest signing so far has to be the arrival of Roberto Soldado for a fee of around £26 million from Spanish club Valencia. The striker whose goal tally keeps rising every year, is in the peak of his career and looks like the striker that spurs have been missing over the past few season. He has already scored 5 goals in 4 matches for the club, 3 of them being penalties so we may finally have a proven penalty taker as well. Our last addition so far, was the £9 million signing of Etienne Capoue, who already looks like a player similar to Sandro who can sit in front of the back 4 and pass the ball forward or make a driving run in midfield.
What Is There Left To Do?
The first thing for Tottenham to do is to wrap up the reported impending signings Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen, before we leave ourselves open to another hijacking!! If all three signings do go through they all look like exciting young players who could bring much needed skill and creativity to the team. However, the main issue for the club to sort out is the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. The reported world record transfer has been widely speculated in the media however, the transfer looks all but certain after AVBs admission in his press conference that the player will be leaving before September the 2nd. Although, all that remains for us now is to make sure we negotiate the best deal out of Real Madrid to soften the blow of losing our triple award talisman.
It has been a roller coaster ride for Tottenham fans in this transfer window, with a lot more highs rather than the very big low, but with the new signings coming in it looks like exciting times at White Hart Lane. And who knows there may still be business to be done……….
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