In an earlier piece, I questioned whether or not ‘arry and Levy had the moxie to make a big-name capture (or the three they promised) in order to keep the team—and Luka Modric—settled.
A few weeks later, we appear to have our answer in a big, strong striker with a proven goal scoring record.
Emmanuel Adebayor appears to be on his way to White Hart Lane.
“Finally,” I hear Spurs fans singing, “we have made a big name signing—more permanent bedrock upon which to build a strong, perennial top X contender!”
Except, of course, the fact that the fine details of this signature represent more of the same from Tottenham Hotspur management.
This type of signature means two things: that Tottenham Hotspur is unsure of itself, and that this season is by far the most important season in at least ten years either direction.
A one-year loan is not the way to show the resolve to stay at the top of English football. Sure, there’s an option to buy (as is almost always the case), but with that, the door’s still open for an option to sell all of our players and bask in moneybags and mediocrity once this season is over.
This season now becomes THE season.
A top four finish means that we’d most likely buy Adebayor, Modric and company stay, and we make another run at Champions League glory. We buy a couple more marquee players at positions we need (gk, anyone?), and we become a bona fide European mainstay.
And if we finish fifth or sixth?
So long Luka.
If Tottenham Hotspur is serious about competing with the top four—and staving off a resurgent Liverpool and Everton—wishy-washy signatures and half-assed attempts at stopping leaks need to be done away with.
Invest in the future of White Hart Lane, Mr. Chairman. The future could be bright.
By Cliff S
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