Tottenham’s transfer policy

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So we have gone from buying young English players for the future, to searching far and wide for the next Messi or Ronaldo, or dare I say it Bale!!! Last season saw us say goodbye to our beloved welsh wizard and spend money on at the time seemed a sound investment. Now lets not kid ourselves, they are investments. Levy see’s signings as sound investments with the potential of selling at a greater value. However, if we were to become successful enough to keep players like Bale, Modric, Berbatov, Carrick do you really think they would of left. Now what is so wrong with letting your best players go, as long as you make the right signings after to make your team overall better.

For me why haven’t we signed players playing well in the premiership. Bar from Dempsey and Sigurdsson we haven’t really exploited this option. We see players like Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Neil Taylor, Fabian Delph, Ron Vlaar, Clyne, Distan, Jagielka signed for next to nothing and become solid players in the premiership. Now I see Paulinho, Sandro, Capoue, Rose, Walker, Dawson, Chadli as all solid players as well. Now tell me the price difference in all of them. We are being linked with Lovren and Moreno for centre backs next season. Why arn’t we going for Ashley Williams at £4m? I honestly think as fans we want to see the club spend lots of money on players we hardly no and have seen. Players like Lamela are great to sign, but when they don’t perform we still back them, and for what, because he cost lots of money so he must be good? I agree he has great potential but £30m is to much! For instance,  Ben Arfa at £5m or Depay for £17m, you decide and most people would say Depay but why? We all know Ben Arfa has great potential bar from being injury prone but what is £5m to £17m on someone who has a risk to flop?

Now, if we were to spend lots of money on players like we did last season and like we are this season according to reports why should we buy abroad. Paulinho for £17m or De Guzman on loan or permanently for under £10m max. This season the premiership has many potential buys for us that could allow us to buy 6/7 signings without taken time to allow them to bed in. Players like Ashley Williams, Bony, Davies, Taylor and De Guzman are possibilities at Swansea that could benefit us. Rather than look abroad and possibly risk spending money on potential flops. Signing these players allow us to potentially spend more on departments more needed. Spending £4m on Williams instead of £15m on Lovren allows us then to spend £20m on Lukaku or Bony. £7m on Davies rather than £15+m on Blind or Coentrao.

At the end of the day these are merely suggestions and not people I think we should buy. I just don’t seem to understand why we don’t look into the premiership more. I am like every other fan, I love spending big on players, but they will eventually be sold on at a profit once we have made them a better player and if they don’t become better we take a loss on them when it comes to selling. I want trophies, we deserve trophies for the pain and anguish of supporting Tottenham, we all go on about ‘ that’s Spursy’ ‘same old Tottenham.’ We should go for players proven in the premiership with experience if we do wan to win trophies and build a foundation to then allow us to buy the occasional rising star. But then again that isn’t attractive and the Tottenham way……. Perhaps its time for change.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I could happily take Ashley Williams and Ben Davies if the prices were right but Tottenham need a proper number 10 most importantly and there aren't many great ones kicking about the prem that aren't at the big clubs. We need to look abroad at a Rodriguez, Snieder, Quintero, Pjanic etc…

  2. If you guys want any Swans player it is going to cost you big time …we do NOT NEED TO SELL & have a streetwise board …& lifelong Swans fans that will not buckle to Levy.
    With Gomis on board with Bony, Swansea will finish 2015 EPL ahead of you so why would Ben apart from the bucks move?
    You spent the Bale money awfully …keep on dreaming guys

  3. Wow. All your after is Swansea players, thankfully as a Swansea fan I know we are not a selling club so I have nothing to worry about, just shows that we have good players. :)

  4. I agree with some of what you've written above – we do tend to look abroad rather than at proven premier league players and I think that is partly due to our tendency to have foreign directors of football in charge. If you're paid £3m a year to unearth talent and you keep naming players the chairman is already very familiar with, he may start to wonder why you're there. Going for Soldado for £26m after refusing to pay more than £20m for Benteke was an example of this. And I also agree that Davies at £8m would be a far better signing than Moreno or Blind at £15m. But at the same time I think that shouldn't drive our policy too much…after all some of our best players in the last 15 years have been big money signings from abroad – Modric, Berbatov, Eriksen, Ginola, Kilnnsmann etc.

    Saying that, naming a few decent players who were signed on the cheap and worked out and comparing them to ones signed for more who haven't (so far) seems a bit unfair. We could pick on loads of free transfers who didn't work out and who came from the PL as well as loads that we're signed from abroad and did amazingly well. I just think we need to get the mix right.

    P.S. I'd 100x prefer Depay for £17m than Ben Arfa for £8m. Much better all round, more potential, better injury record and more sell-on potential.

  5. I agree with some of what you've written above – we do tend to look abroad rather than at proven premier league players and I think that is partly due to our tendency to have foreign directors of football in charge. If you're paid £3m a year to unearth talent and you keep naming players the chairman is already very familiar with, he may start to wonder why you're there. Going for Soldado for £26m after refusing to pay more than £20m for Benteke was an example of this. And I also agree that Davies at £8m would be a far better signing than Moreno or Blind at £15m. But at the same time I think that shouldn't drive our policy too much…after all some of our best players in the last 15 years have been big money signings from abroad – Modric, Berbatov, Eriksen, Ginola, Kilnnsmann etc.

  6. That sounds good in theory, but there's a very simple point you overlooked… People don't like selling within the league and will quote more than what they're worth. Why didn't we sell Modric to Chelsea for 40 million and sell him instead to Real Madrid for 30? Bale with the RM vs Manchester United as well.

    That doesn't mean that there are no signings that happen within the league of course. An easy example would be that we could have gotten a solid backup in Lambert for dirt cheap instead of letting him pass on to Liverpool! But the truth of the matter is that Lambert played for the Liverpool youth system and wanted to prove that they were wrong in letting him go at a young stage. Similarly, Williams has always held a soft spot for Arsenal. Pardew once said he couldn't play Ben Arfa because he never knew what sort of mental state Ben Arfa was in and had a tendency to be incredibly selfish or just not play if things didn't go his way. Remy has been cheering on for Arsenal the entire 2014, and infact refused to sign for us 2 years ago and picked QPR because "Fernandes played fifa with him for a personal touch". For every "bargain", there is a problem… two sides of the coin.

    Swansea is a team that likes to play hardball in transfers. They ain't too different to Levy and how he approaches transfers. They won't let players go easy, and when they do, they'll be expensive purchases. Look how much they got for Sinclair. The fact that players cannot say "I'd like to go out of the club and play in the champions league" will not give players a chance or a reason to move to us as much as it would to those in the CL. United is an exception because they're flinging about cash like no tomorrow. That transfer fee for Shaw was simply ridiculous.

    I'm not advocating splashing a heck lot again. But I don't believe things are as easy as you claim them to be.

  7. Value for money. Upper limit of potential.

    The seven players signed last summer will not all be a disaster. Any player, especially an overseas player, and most especially a young overseas player, is liable to take a year to settle. Because we signed seven of them, that doesn't mean a year divided by seven. It means a year per player before judgement can be made on each individual players. And we are talking about seven overseas players, six of whom were under 25 YO at time of purchase, joining a young team and largely new (counting players joined the summer before, Holtby signed in January, loanees who had never played under AVB, players returning from injury who had never played under AVB, or hardly, like Kaboul). And in a team where AVB seemed to stifle creativity and initiative, and then Sherwood had no experience and not even the full quota of pro-licences. So no need to write the seven off just yet.

    There is nothing wrong with the transfer policy, and even less wrong with the youth system (for anyone who wants to look into it, and especially the young English talent), just some poor managerial appointments.

    COYS

  8. A perfect article…….This is exactly what is required. The players you have named are perfect. I have been saying for a long time now, that Ashley Williams would be brilliant for Spurs, very good reader of the game, home based and he is a leader. I am only just a fan so I won't profess to know as much as Levy or Posh, but for me, if we were able to grab Williams, Bony (instead of Lukaku), Taylor, Arfa and Delph, and sell Naughton, Dawson, Siggy, Soldado and one of either Paulinho or Sandro, our squad would be immensely better and half the price of these foreign untried players. At least these players have already shown what they can do in the PL. Forget Davies and get Williams.

  9. great blog i agree why we havent gone for williams would be agreat signing and bony would be a real addition up front well its all wait and see our mr levy likes bargains well here they are go for it daniel and come on you spurs

  10. Very good article. Seems like we have got an obsession of buying foreign players in the post Redknapp era. I'd bat anyday for the likes of Ashley WIlliams, Steven Caulker or even Ryan Shawcross than going for guys we know nothing about and in leagues that does not reflect the true quality of the players. Guys like Ben Arfa and Remy could be brought in for silly money. One guy we really missed out on is Yohan Cabaye.

  11. Do you want some fabricated response or the truth ?

    The fact of the matter is we are a shoddy outfit ran by numpties, you make reference to some good young British talent and as you rightly say 'solid' but they are by no means good enough to get us where Levy the useless tool wants us, and he won't pay top dollar for the real deal, but then again he has had top talent and failed to get the best of it by selecting shite managers, has anyone been watching Kevin Prince Boateng last season ? has anyone been watching Giovani Dos Santos ? I am sure you all notice that Dembele is still shit for Belgium and does nothing apart from run up to someone and knock it backwards, in fact even Brazil dropped their weakest link for their important 2nd round match,
    You can't keep questioning everything Spurs and not point the blame at the idiot at the top !!!

    We live in a premier league where only the top 4 have decent forwards, when i was a kid even the sides that got relegated had people like Dean Saunders up front, the young British talent is just not that good anymore and it certainly needs to be better than 'solid' to get us where the spectacled buffoon wants us.. dream on Daniel son, time for some wax on wax off ..

  12. Cheers for the response. For the Swansea fans, please don't see it as me thinking we would buy all the players mentioned if anything it's a compliment it was merely a suggestion of what business we could of done rather than buy players at a risk. Swansea are a perfect example of what I was trying to say.

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