Don’t get me wrong, off the pitch, Daniel Levy has done an amazing job at Tottenham in recent years. While Spurs have not been winning trophies, Levy has led us into the best stadium and best training ground in the country, or perhaps even the world.
I can easily forgive an 11-year trophy drought for that simple fact. It was a transition period and we have now well and truly become one of the top sides in England and in Europe.
However, the stadium is open and we are now at the end of that journey. It is time for a new chapter that involves Levy working his magic on the pitch by investing in the squad.
Tottenham have also sold Kieran Trippier for around £20m (Sun), Mousa Dembele in January for £11m (BBC), and Vincent Jassen for around £6.3m (Metro). They have also managed to get Michel Vorm and Llorente off the wage bill too.
So, at the moment Spurs have only actually spent a net amount of around £26.5m this summer, minus whatever they saved on Vorm and Llorente’s contracts expiring.
For a team that just made the Champions League final and are looking to push on, that simply isn’t good enough.
I was expecting Tottenham to come out and spend upwards of £100m net this summer, really taking them to the next level and at least partly bridging the gap between themselves and Liverpool/Man City.
There is still time for Spurs to spend, but I can’t help but feel that they should have done it far earlier.
However, if Levy doesn’t sign anymore big players this summer, then we may have to accept that he never will. If a Champions League final isn’t enough to warrant big spending, then nothing will.
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