Transfer Window – What have we done? Where do we go next?

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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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6 COMMENTS

    • Hey give Levy credit too looks like he got the Eriksen deal underway and he keeps the cheque book too so a thank you from all spurs fans Mr Levy

  1. Bravo spurs! Under similar circumstances with the modric saga last year we have had our best ever transfer window perfectly timed before the rules change. I have a feeling this cash splurge may have been planned by levy a couple of seasons in advance waiting for the right time with the manager merry go round at the top 3 clubs! Now they could be more vulnerable (especially fergie) now is the time and we have done emphatically , not bothered about bale.pr Willian we don’t need money grabbing mercenaries like him, who would go via Russia to the premier league when he could have moved here before ..Erikssen and Lamela well happy. I think maybe 3 or 4 more signings to come after these and some outgoings. My predictions are:-

    Adebeyour to Turkey of Russia

    We sign javier hernandez or Leandro Damaio for 15-20m

    We sell Defoe to Fulham, Newcastle or Aston Villa

    We Buy Contraeo or if he isn’t keen on the move Perreira from inter

    We sell Akotto back to France or another prem side or as he is so not bothered about football maybe QPR!

    We buy Alderwield possibly as we’re are one of his supposed options

    Then a youngster maybe 2 , Hailovic / Vadillo / Nedelev

    Thus making a truly balanced squad with class cover in every position and capable of rotating our way in all competitions :-) coylw!

  2. We have done great deals so far that can only benefit the team we have a very strong team already but with Lamela ,Chiches and Eriksen looking very likely to arrive before the weekend we will be that much stronger and we can aim high this season not just 4th. I still think we will see a surprise deal on deadline day for a left back (Contrao imo) but its not a must. As for bale im not happy with the way he has acted over the last couple days and he should be fined for it I for one think we should hold him till the last day of the window just to annoy wenger that little bit more when he has no time to get his targets from madrid. All in all this has been the best window I have seen in my time as a Spurs fan and the team we look to have built is by far the best we have had in many years even without bale so all good and thank you Mr Levy AVB and Mr Baldini COYS

  3. i first went to White Hart Lane in 1963.l was a very young and impressionable boy that had come to see his heroes. l was not disappointed as when l saw them they took my breath away. l was smitten and all these years later my love for the Spurs would become an eternal light in my heart and will be that way till the day l die. l have seen many Spurs teams come and go over the years and some of the great players that have graced our club have been endless and indeed the achievements that they produced can make us all feel proud. Such is our legacy that our club inherits with every new season. This year we are witnessing a statement of intent by the club determined to bring us glory at the highest level. l have never seen transfer activity quite like this and on this scale in all the years that l have supported this club. l must confess that l am very excited and cannot wait to see what we offer the Premiership in terms of quality this season. So come on you Spurs lets show people everywhere what we can do and with style.

  4. I have been delighted with our business. The moment the Madrid/Spurs link up was announced at the turn of the year we all knew what that meant for the Welshman, and so it's come to pass. But what amazing things we've done with the money. Soldado is the striker we've been craving for years. Chadli is a genuine winger. Capoue (?) and Paulinho are fantastic midfielders, with Paulinho in particular looking like a player we haven't had since the departure of VDV, except without the need to be subbed every 60 minutes.

    Shored up the back with the Romanian in a straight swap for Caulker. The return of Kaboul and the Beast are like two new players, alongside Rose and Townsend back off their loans. Sure Rose isn't the answer at left back, and Townsend seems to try and play beyond his talent level (much like Walker last year) but they're solid squad players.

    The big one is the swap of Bale for Lamela. Bale is outstanding, no question. But we all know how often he dived, or vanished from games, or how whenever he hit the turf we felt our whole season ebbing away. Now we have 5 seriously high quality players for approximately the same price as we've received for the sulky Welshman. Lose one of them and we're still a great side.

    I'd like another striker, but we haven't been gouged on transfer fees, nor have we sold Bale for half his worth. Excellent summer.

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