As a follow up to what I wrote yesterday, and after reading some of the responses in the comments, I thought I would expand on it particularly in relation to Levy and the way the club is run as a whole.
I would begin by saying that I think Levy is the most astute chairman in English football. If I owned a football club then he would be the one man I would want to run it above all others. I would even go further than that and say that I think Tottenham has become the best-run club in England during his tenure. But that is not to say he is without fault. And this was the point of my previous article, it was not to slate Levy, but to point out his seemingly one blind spot.
I would compare Levy to Wenger, in that they each seem to have a fatal flaw. In Wenger’s case it was that he refused to accept the fact that there would be periods in games where Arsenal didn’t have the ball. In the last 15 years can you name an above average signing he made in goal, at left-back, right-back, centre-back or defensive-midfield? I can’t. Koscielny maybe? But I definitely wouldn’t go overboard about him.
And so it is with Levy, in periods of absolute strength when we have had the financial clout and pulling power of Champions League football, and top-drawer players already at the club, he refused to go that extra mile and sign that one player who could have made the difference for us. That one player whom we would have to pay above the odds for. That one player we might have to get creative with when it comes to signing on fees and bonuses in order to keep the general wage structure intact.
And so I am not a critic of Levy as I’ve already explained, I’m a fan. I just live in hope that with an ever so slight tweak to his generally very clever approach to the transfer window, we could actually go on to achieve something huge in the very near future.
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