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Has Spurs missed the boat?

I have a growing feeling that this Tottenham team has missed its moment. The world was so collectively excited by Leicester's 2015/16 Barclays Premier League triumph, that when Spurs had probably the most Tottenham-like moment in their history and collapsed when greatness was calling ,nobody noticed! However with ten games to go Spurs were tucked in, two points behind Leicester. Leicester were visibly tiring, had a small squad and niggling injuries and suspensions were starting to take their toll. Most importantly and put simply Tottenham had a better team but Tottenham took just fifteen points from their final ten games and the Foxes took the glory.
That was the moment to push on, to invest in the team but Daniel Levy holds the purse strings and he is a notoriously shrewd businessman . You cannot fault his acumen or the model he runs Tottenham on, but at some point the realisation that to really make the big bucks and in the minds of the supporters take the big prizes you have to add real quality in order to improve a very good squad.  Quality though costs money and carries a massive risk, Levy doesn't really enjoy big money spending and certainly doesn't like risk.
The summer of 2016 saw them have a net spend just under £28 million pounds the notable signings being Victor Wanyame, Vincent Jansen and Moussa Sissoko. This summer having finished last season in second place and there being more money splashing around the Premier League than ever before Spurs actually made a profit of £250,000 although admittedly they made two big money signings in Davidson Sanchez and Serge Aurier,( although Aurier is struggling to make the first eleven).  Tottenham desperately needed a world class striker to play with and help Harry Kane. Harry Kane is a centre forward straight out of the top drawer but if he is off his game or carrying a niggle Spurs look pretty impotent. Pep Guardiola has already called Spurs the " Harry Kane team". Pierre Emerick Augbameyang was available in the summer for around £70 million pounds, imagine his pace and potency allied with Kane's football nous and clinical finishing. Tottenham had everything to attract a big name foreign player, imagine telling a top player we are in London and are playing our home games at Wembley, obviously Levy's strict wage policy means that for the moment transfers like this remain pipe dreams. However Spurs really needed another top forward, and a really pacy attacking midfielder to add another dimension to their team.
Don't misunderstand me, this is a really good Spurs team as their recent destruction of Real Madrid will testify. One poor result against Arsenal is no cause for panic especially when a really bad refereeing decision changed the momentum of the match and anyone on any given day can lose at the Emirates. However look deeper Harry Kane didn't look fit and Spurs just don't have a ready made replacement . Look at Spurs results against their top six rivals this season three defeats and a hammering of Liverpool. Although on the day Liverpool self destructed on a monumental scale giving away two really silly goals in the first eleven minutes, with a performance so bad they ended up subbing a centre- back after half an hour. Then when Liverpool looked like they might sneak back into the match Joel Matip chose to head a cross back into his box, Dele Alli duly dispatched it to make it 3-1 at half-time and game over. I feel that in the big matches Spurs are going to come up slightly short.
When Spurs are playing well, they move the ball quickly and efficiently, and in Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have two world class midfielders supporting Harry Kane. They have a world class goalkeeper and top performers in defence but Manchester City have moved the goal posts and winning the league looks further away than ever. I honestly feel this team will be broken up and its stars sold before its gets another sniff at major honours. The team doesn't need a whole ssackful of players just a couple of stars with real quality but sadly Tottenham fans the time to really invest and go for broke has already been and gone!

1 comment:

  1. I think you got this spot on Clive. No won remembers a nearly team. There best chance has passed of winning the premier league because other teams around them are only getting stronger and stronger. Coming from a West Ham fan it does pain me to say that Tottenham have a fantastic team and a great manager to. But without any trophy’s in the cabinet they are just another team in the premier league.