I have a confession to make that I have a feeling many a Spurs fan reading this column will be all too familiar with as well. Every morning, the second my eyes open there is only one thing that is ever on my mind; ‘check Twitter, check Sky Sports News, see if we’ve signed a striker yet’. Sound familiar?
And yet again this morning, my anticipation quickly vanished when I realised that not only have we not signed a striker today, but that one we had been linked strongly with for the past 2 years has been pretty much priced out of our transfer budget for the next decade as well! Maybe Damiao was just a pipe dream anyway, but if it wasn’t abundantly clear that we couldn’t afford him before it certainly is now.
So who is to blame for all this? Everyone has been quick to point the finger at Levy because it makes sense that we should. I personally believe blaming him for the sake of it is wrong; blaming him because all this may be down to him having a bee in his bonnet against Luka Modric on the other hand may genuinely motivate me to draft a petition to introduce lynching for people who are bloody stupid!
I’m surprised no one has picked up on this before, but when you look back on events it makes perfect sense. Levy pulled off a master stroke last year to keep Modric at the Lane. Although it turned out to be in vain, he still deserves a lot of credit for that. This year Modric again wants a move and as if that isn’t likely to have pissed our Chairman off enough, the little Croat decides to refuse to train the same week Levy is visiting a sick family member in America. That would be enough to get on anyone’s dark side, but is it possible that Levy is still holding a grudge and that’s why he’s playing such hard ball over the transfer fee with Real Madrid?
Real are reported to have offered £30m for Modric at the end of last week. If I was Levy I would have bitten their hand off and offered to help pack the midfielder’s dead rats and artificial spine! But again Levy says no and holds out for an unrealistic number that we all know deep down the player isn’t worth. If Spurs were a Man City or PSG then this wouldn’t matter; Levy could stay pissed off and refuse the £30m because we would have abundant resources already at our disposal to draft in new talent. But we’re not a Man City or PSG and the fact remains that we need the Modric transfer money.
Little ratface upset me with his behaviour as well, as I’m sure he did with every Spurs fan on the face of the earth, but is getting your own back and blocking his transfer really worth sacrificing our club’s season? Getting revenge is great but being so petty that you stop us ever having a realistic chance of buying the players we so desperately need and as a result getting us off to a poor start to the season is so wrong. And what about AVB? There is no chance after the Chelsea disaster that he would have joined the club without being given assurances that there was to be money available and so far that hasn’t materialised. Is being able to laugh in Modric’s face as he trains with the Spurs reserves really worth it when our new manager walks out and we’re relying on goals from Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane to have a successful season?
There’s being proud and there’s being a fool. Levy needs to realise where that line is.
Come On You Spurs.
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