The Athletic have spoken to 18 anonymous football agents to find out who they think had the best and the worst transfer window among the Premier League clubs.
The most striking part of the article from a Tottenham perspective was one agent’s admission that Daniel Levy “started playing games” with Brentford while negotiating a potential deal for Ollie Watkins.
Football Insider recently revealed that Watkins was keen on joining Spurs during the transfer window when he heard of the club’s interest but eventually decided to reunite with Dean Smith at Villa Park due to Spurs’ unwillingness to match Brentford’s asking price.
The report in The Athletic has now seconded that view, with one agent describing Tottenham’s late deal for Carlos Vinicius as one of the worst transfers of the window.
He is quoted as saying: “Tottenham taking Carlos Vinicius on loan at the end of the window.
“Their target was Ollie Watkins and he wanted to join, but Daniel Levy wouldn’t meet the valuation and started playing games.
“Those last-minute deals always just seem like filling gaps — they’re not necessarily the right deal for the player and the club.”
When asked which Premier League club had the best transfer window, only 11 per cent of the agents surveyed in the piece picked Tottenham, which was the fourth-highest vote share behind Everton, Aston Villa, and Chelsea.
Meanwhile, 6 per cent of the agents surveyed picked Gareth Bale’s move to Spurs as the best deal of the transfer window, while another 6 per cent said that Wolves’ decision to sell Matt Doherty to Spurs for the reported price was the worst deal.
Spurs Web Opinion
If one is to judge the transfer window based on the signings made by each club, then it cannot be argued that Chelsea have had the best window. However, if one is to judge it based on who has improved the most (i.e addressed their weaknesses the best), then I believe Spurs and Villa certainly deserve a shout as both clubs now have much stronger squads than they did at the start of the window.
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