As another World Cup heads towards an exciting climax, many supporters with Premier League allegiances would be forgiven for already having one eye on domestic proceedings and the build up to the new season.
If the ream of ‘leaked’ images of our latest Under Armour strip isn’t enough to get your lilywhite blood pumping. Then there is of course the summer transfer window. A portal to some otherworldly apocalypse where $20million players are described as ‘bargains’ and a man hanging out of a car window to discuss the merits of Gary O’Neil is reported on with the same levity as a crisis in the Middle East.
Spurs fans are as culpable as the next set of supporters as being seduced by the madness. Our club does little to discourage this, perennially casting itself as the serial transfer window philanderers, seemingly unable to resist a deal or the glamour of the Sky Sports rolling news bar.
It is more than likely that Spurs will once again be knee-deep in transfer window mire as Jim White excitedly counts down the deadline day ticker as if it were the turn of the new millennium.
The Spurs hierarchy have already embarked on their most significant summer signing prior to the events in Rio, tying up a deal Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino. Daniel Levy’s latest stab at reinventing the dreaded 5-year-plan, whilst attempting to capture what’s in vogue across the coaching fraternity.
We’ve been here numerous times before following a long list of false dawns. The latest incumbent to the White Hart Lane hot seat is very much from the new school of coaching, a school which offers a packed curriculum featuring modules on Projects, Philosophies, Transitions and Designer Stubble. Hopefully our latest great white hope will provide the substance that the previous gravely voiced Portuguese graduate decisively lacked.
His resume offers encouragement that he can turn a floundering, rudderless Spurs side into a more productive and potent outfit capable of bullying its way into the Champions League places. After last seasons dithering displays on the field and vulgar publicity-craving antics from Tim Sherwood and his Gilet off it. Pochettino will hopefully not be weighed down by unrealistic expectations from the notoriously demanding Spurs faithful and our trigger happy Chairman.
A few tweaks and repairs will be in order before we visit Upton Park on the opening day of the Season. Although it seems highly unlikely that we will witness the same conveyer belt of activity as last summer. The hones will be on our talented coach unlocking the potential of many of last summers imports that will no doubt be wiser and better equipped for having a first season of Premier League football under their belt.
As with all transfer windows from a Spurs point of view it promises to be both an intriguing and equally pivotal. With Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea all showing serious intent, conducting significant business early on. The pressure further be heightened on Baldini and Levy to secure targets that will improve the team and crucially fit into the new managers way of playing.
Early indications suggest that Poch will want to access the current playing squad before making any decisions on what extent to stick or twist. The small morsels of transfer speculation have not yet conjured up names with the same glamour as Costa or Herrera. However on the evidence of last summer’s activity this shouldn’t necessarily be regarded as a bad thing.
The likes of Ben Davies may not have the Spurs faithful lining up outside the megastore to secure his new number 3 jersey. But adding a light sprinkling of players with Premier League experience could possibly be the answer to providing the side with the identity it lacks.
The key to this window as always will lie in the manner in which Daniel Levy chooses to conduct his business. Our bullish Chairman must learn the lessons from previous windows and move swiftly to ensure that the new Coach has time to work with a settled group of players before we kick off the new campaign. The wrangling over an extra $100,000 is great in principle but more often than not it has put our preparations at risk and had a detrimental effect on our ability to hit the ground running.
With the battle for the Top 4 already shaping up to be the toughest yet, we can’t afford to go into the new Season still trying to do the bulk of our business. It may make for an exciting and frantic Transfer Deadline day but it will come at a cost of points. I fear if we turn to Upton Park half-baked if will set the precedent for the start of the season and we will find ourselves playing catch up.
If we can alter our transfer window tactics, it will give the new coaching team the time to implement their ideas and help provide the ideal platform to make the dream of returning Champions League Football to the Lane a reality.