Money Can’t Buy You Happiness
Spurs this weekend felt the might of Manchester City, suffering an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the Etihad. With £200 million of summer signings on show, we take a look at whether money really can buy you happiness.
November 25th, 2013
You have to feel a bit for Andre Villas Boas (unless, of course, you’re an Arsenal fan). Having lost Gareth Bale for a world record £85 million fee in the summer, the Spurs boss bought a wealth of young, hungry talent to fill the void. A total of over £100 million was spent on the likes of Chadli, Soldado, Lamela, Paulinho and Eriksen to fire Spurs towards the top of the Premier League table. However their limp start to the season has left them in 9th Place, having scored less goals as a team than the man who tore them apart on Sunday, City’s star man Sergio Aguero, has on his own.
Until the demolition job at the Etihad, defensive woes hadn’t been the problem for AVB. His men had conceded just 9 goals in the Premier League. It’s at the other end, where they have struggled to create chances and score goals, where the problem lies. The sale of Caulker and Huddlestone also seems questionable, especially considering the fantastic start to the season Caulker has made for Cardiff. An injury to Christian Eriksen, who looks to have settled the most out of all their signings, has not helped proceedings.
When we look back in history, it would appear that money really can’t buy you happiness, at first at least. When Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea, a £100 million spend in his first season wasn’t enough to win Claudio Ranieri the title. Not until the second season, and the introduction of the ‘Special One’, did Roman get what he wanted.
Manchester City fans will know all too well that it can take time and patience before getting the silverware. They were taken over in 2008, but had to wait until 2012 for their title win. Leicester City are also still in the Championship despite a lot of investment, having narrowly missed out through the play-offs last season.
The overriding theme here seems to be one of patience. Yes lots of money and new players are great, but in reality bringing in seven new players and expecting them to instantly gel and play like Barcelona is unrealistic. Spurs were hit with a double blow due to the loss of Bale, who had been their talisman for much of last season, the knock on effect being that they appear to be in a much poorer position. Whether AVB is given the time to get the new signings performing will be the next question; I for one hope he does as this is a Spurs team that when playing at full throttle could be one of the most exciting teams in the league.