At Spurs, one window closes while another opens
After another summer window shut, it became quickly evident that some of us were content at picking the holes in the business we hadn’t done rather than what we had.
September 4th, 2014
I hate transfer deadline day and I hate how commercialised it has grown to become in just a few short years. The money that Sky pumps into commercialising stories that lack any genuine substance behind them but subtly encourage users to lump money on them through Sky Bet epitomises the modern day football predicament we find ourselves in today. It manipulates expectation of clubs when, in reality, we know next to nothing of the accounts, the strategy, the plans and what not but are continuously fed stories that lead to an underlying disappointment.
As much as this sounds as though I’m ranting on the state of the game today (and partially I am), I’m merely setting the scene for Spurs’ transfer window dealings on the whole. I maintain that, with a transfer window, a whole other window of perspective is needed alongside. My opinion of our transfer window this summer was that of more long-term planning and growth than just short term ‘gap fillers’. Far too often are the board blamed for ‘failing’ to purchase players in positions x, y & z. We don’t like to believe it, but it’s knee-jerk of the highest degree, and every window presents the same knee-jerk year after year.
I’m not building walls to block out the torrent of abuse that our board receives after every window but I reiterate the need for perspective. Prior to ENIC taking over, we’d experienced a point’s deduction and an expulsion from the FA Cup in one season. We were a vessel of a side with cracks left, right and centre that have grown to become a cruise liner. We’re one of the best run clubs in the country and are financially stable.
We’ve recently built a training centre regarded as one of the best in the world and have plans to have a new stadium by 2017/2018. The price for this has to be held accountable, at least partially, somewhere. Where Arsenal, post-Emirates, struggled to really spend as their club stature demanded for around 7 years, we’re taking the hit now enabling us to have money to spend and bigger wages to offer after moving into our new ground. Believe it or not, the owner of a football club does want to the football club to do well.
What we sought to add this summer were (hopefully) individuals that add greater value to the squad than the sum of their own individual talent. We filled a gaping hole at left-back with Ben Davies, a young promising English CB/RB in Eric Dier, a more experienced & commanding CB in Fazio, as well as another young right back in Yedlin. In Vorm, we brought in a goalkeeper that better suits the system Pochettino is trying to install, as well as a ball-playing midfielder that sits a little deeper in Stambouli.
It’s arguable that we could’ve brought in another forward but it’s clear that, in reality, the money isn’t there to sign the sort of forward that would fit our idealism. We’re undertaking a longer-term plan that, fortunately or unfortunately, will naturally demand patience. It’s easy to banish us to mid-table mediocrity when we have a coach that the players are seemingly buying into as well as a hungry squad littered with talent.
Last year we cried out for more long-term stability and at this moment in time we’ve got it staring at us in the face, don’t let a transfer window deadline day manipulate that fact.