The transfer window and Daniel Levy

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Read social media, and you will see the talk is about Daniel Levy, transfers… followed by abuse.

At this present moment in time we haven’t bought anybody, but then that isn’t really surprising as Levy is true to form, or will be true to form and wait until the final minutes before unleashing purchase(s) to the baying public.

Daniel Levy has always been a very cautious and financially astute businessman. And a hard one to boot. Other directors usually shake in their boots when dealing with him. He would squeeze the last pip out of an orange if it benefited Spurs. And there is an added reason this time around, he has a £900 million debt hanging over his, or should I say, Tottenham Hotspur FC’s head. Granted, it is well financed, but that doesn’t mean he can be frivolous with the clubs money.

According to reports, Spurs have £150 million in the transfer kitty and whatever Pochettino can sell. As somebody who has an eye on the inside I can tell you it isn’t that big, and to be honest Pochettino doesn’t need to buy big, he just needs to complement his talented team.

Of course, there are a few players where there is a question mark hanging over their heads (i.e. whether they are staying or going), such as Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko, Mousa Dembélé, Fernando Llorente, to name but five. But nobody will be going if they are not covered, or Levy doesn’t get the money he wants for them.

How the transfer policy works at Spurs; at the beginning of every season, or just before, Pochettino & Levy draw up a list of players they feel will fit into the squad. Both know that there is no guarantee that they will get any name from that list, but try they will.

Now, I hear you scream, but other clubs, such as Liverpool, have already purchased players, that may be so, but those players have been bought at inflated prices. And that doesn’t mean they’ve now completed their purchase, as they still have other players on their wish list… and the waiting game also applies to them.

Buying a player isn’t as simple as it seems. Once the haggling is done, and it could take anything from days to weeks to months, the player’s terms have to be met. If they are going to go to a big club, their agent inflates their worth and another set of haggling begins. Even though the clubs have agreed, that doesn’t mean it is a done deal. At the player’s agent stage, they can still throw a spanner in the works. If everything goes smoothly, then the third stage comes into play. And that is the fitness of the player. There have been many occasions when the player’s fitness has been called into question while being processed with their potential future club’s doctor. While all this is happening the clock is ticking down. If all that fails then it will be back to the drawing board to see who is next on the list, or maybe nobody else is on the list, and if desperate then see who is around they could purchase (Moussa Sissoko was a perfect example of this).

But don’t panic. We will be purchasing somebody soon. As for the comments allegedly made by Pochettino, that he demands a quick purchase, isn’t entirely accurate. He was a professional player, now manager and knows how it works. Because of his poor English, he doesn’t always have the proper vocabulary to outfox the English press, and any slip-up/ mispronunciation is taken as gospel to get the best headlines.

As soon as I hear, which means that such and such a player has signed, it is immediately given to the press. In other words, Daniel Levy, Pochettino or even my good self won’t be sure until the ballpoint pen has hit the paper. There have been cases before when news was leaked, and everybody was ecstatic (or not), only to find out that there is actually no deal.

We/ the fans may not like how it all rolls out, but until we get on to a better footing (financially), then that is the way it will be for some years to come.

Also, remember this: Levy, Pochettino and staff all know what is at stake and will do everything they can, as quickly as they can, so that the wheels can be put into motion and be ready for the up and coming season.

And if you still don’t like that… well… Carry on Regardless (in the best tradition of the Carry on films), it is what it is and will be for many years to come. And to be fair, if they (the Levy haters) got what they wished then they will find something else to moan about… maybe they won’t like the cut of his hair (J), or how he strokes his white cat… in the fashion of the villainous Bloefeld. Sometimes it can be too much to put the brain into gear and actually see how it is.

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  1. Would be nice to see Joe Lewis put his hand in his pocket now and then like other owners. Or are Spurs just another way for them to make money?

  2. Absurd article. written by someone who is clearly pro-levy. Levy is single-handedly keeping this club from winning any silverware by his tight grip over all financial matters.

    You state the manager has a 150 million pot plus sales however Levy still decides if the sale goes through or not…! or which player we buy.

    What is the point of any pot of money if the manager can’t have the players he wants or in good time to bed in with the others before the season starts

    He wants top dollar inflated prices for sales and on the other hand rock bottom prices for purchases such that many club owners do not want to deal with him.

    The Jack Grealish saga is typical even for a championship player. Enough said!!

    Who is ultimately responsible for the stadium overshoot in spend. Mr Levy.

    Who is ultimately responsible for buys such as Nkoudou, Njie, Sissoko, Janssen, Soldado, Llorente, to name a few. My Levy.

    These were cheap bargain basement buys not buys to win silverware.

    Profit is the game for ENIC, the owner and Mr Levy, not trophies which the fans who buy the season tickets want.

    No more excuses or time wasting articles like this by the rare Pro Levy writers.

  3. What a disgusting,patronising ,sycophantic article .So those who perhaps disagree with you are Levy haters and know nothing about the ins and out of football.

  4. We have a high quality squad which I assume, must have materialised out of thin air since Daniel Levy has been in charge for 17 years. Please take deep breaths and think about things before panicking. A brown paper bag may help with the hyper ventilating. Much as I would like a marquee signing or two, the basics are sound, with the possible exception of replacing Mousa Dembele, which I am sure is foremost in the minds of Pochettino and Levy.

  5. Good article. Levy has delivered an amazing stadium and a team as exciting as I’ve seen in my 35 years of real support. All we need to do is plug a big hole in central midfield and try one last time to keep Toby. These moronic moaners need to go back and watch the team for about the 20 years before Levy bedded in. Last two years finishing above Arsenal for a start.

  6. Hit the nail on the head
    “If they got what they want they would just find something else to moan about”…..
    Today a succession of keyboard warriors moaning about the name: The Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium!
    Tomorrow maybe fans bemoaning the end of days because we haven’t signed Jack Grealish
    I dread the vitriol if we actually have a bad season….what’s the football equivalent of Gammon?

  7. As good as this team been, it hasn’t won anything. In fact it almost dropped out off the top four last time. So I guess it is improveable.

  8. Sorry, as good as this side has been it hasn’t won anything and last season only just scraped champions league. So plainly it is improveable. If no new quality players arrive I won’t be expecting trophies to.

    • Oops, sorry for near-duplicate comment. First one didn’t appear and I thought you must have to enter your actual name rather than screen name!


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