There was a season not so long ago when we had one of the best midfield-fives the premier league has ever seen. There was Scott Parker doing the dirty work alongside the incredible Luka Modric in the middle, Global Superstar and best left winger I have ever watched (alongside Giggs) Gareth Bale on the left, the technically supreme Rafael Van Der Vaart playing in the attacking cm role, and Aaron Lennon on the right (ok I know he wasn’t great but his lightning pace gave us real balance.)
During this season there was a stage when it really looked possible for us to break the glass ceiling and actually challenge for the title, maybe with the addition of a centre back and a centre forward. At this time the two players that we were being linked with, and who were very much available to buy, were Gary Cahill and Carlos Tevez. And then the January transfer window closed. And we had signed Ryan Nelson and Luis Saha.
That transfer window set the club back a number of years. With the signing of Tevez and Cahill, it is not unrealistic to imagine we would have challenged for the title that year. Instead we finished fifth and missed out on the Champions League. Nelson and Saha made no impact whatsoever and most people have already forgot they ever even played for Spurs. Meanwhile two of the best players to ever play in the premier league ended up leaving us for greener pastures, and Van Der Vaart got older and became far less influential. That transfer window was THE moment that passed us by. And here we are again.
This transfer window could change everything and finally establish us as a genuine powerhouse of the Premier League. With the signings of Wilfred Zaha and Ruben Neves we would have (in my opinion) a top draw player in every single position on the pitch, and would make us a force to be reckoned with for every other team in the league and those in Europe too. But we won’t. I know this because we never do. We will be quoted £75million for Zaha and Levy will not sanction such a move. Neves is Wolves’ star player and has signed a new contract and they also have financial muscle, so he too would be a huge price, possibly £40million. Again I could not see Levy being adventurous enough to pursue such a deal.
We will sign one or two good players before the window closes I am sure, but they will not be the ‘perfect’ signings that we need. Zaha is the player with the x-factor that would be perfect alongside Alli and Eriksen, and Neves would be perfect in the deep-lying playmaker role replacing Dembele.
We will not get a ‘perfect’ signing, we will get good, or even very good ones. And we will continue to be a good, or even a very good team, but to win the Premier League or the Champions League, it will always take more than that.
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