There was once a Washington D.C. political fixer/lawyer type that had his one moment in the sun back in the 1980s. His name was John Reilly. He described his arc (and maybe that for most of us in life) this way: 1. “Who is Reilly?” 2. “Maybe we should try Reilly” 3. “Get me Reilly” 4. “Get me A Reilly” 5. “Who was Reilly?”
I firmly believe as we stare down yet another dissatisfying but deserved Europa qualification Spurs are in vital need of at least three additions to their squad from Category 4—I will repeat the call for a proper influx of talent I made a couple of months ago.
We need, to be blunt, a Terry in the back, a Keane or a Scholes in central midfield, and a Suarez up front… Three (from four) archetype Premiership players—none of them the type of player who could a) never be recruited to or discovered by Tottenham, b) instantly exceed our wage or transfer capability, or c) fail to commit to playing in North London for at least several years before the siren call of Spain, Italy or a richer English club proved too loud to ignore.
Terry for the clinical and tough-minded defence, with a whole lot of leadership thrown in for good measure. Keane for the box to box proper hard approach, giving no quarter; or maybe Scholes for the attacking control of his precise passing and pitch vision; and Suarez, warts and all, for the sheer brilliant lunacy of his play and goal scoring. Whether those players might be named Wimmer, Schneiderlin or possibly Lavezzi remains to be seen—but it should have been instantly apparent to someone paid to judge football they were not, and never destined to be, named Fazio, Stambouli, Paulinho or Soldado.
I am a realist—I wouldn’t expect all three of these brilliant possibilities to be journeying to N17 anytime soon, and particularly not this summer. I’d just like to see one…. Someone who might whet all of our appetites for a serious Champions League run while the current manager is still in charge.
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