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Time For Tottenham To Get Tough On Transfer Rebels
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
Time is ticking at White Hart Lane. As August 18th and the start of the Barclays Premier League season looms, the same old story loops over and over and over. Tottenham Hotspur begin their 2012-13 campaign in just over a fortnight but yet again, it seems as if their transfer dealings may not be completed on time.

But as the protracted transfer deals of both Luka Modric and Emmanuel Adebayor rumble on causing both club and supporters a variety of summer migraines, is it time that Tottenham got tough? No one can accuse Spurs supremo Daniel Levy of taking a soft stance. But something needs to change if the club is going to avoid leaving it to the last minute for yet another season.

It can sometimes be difficult to gauge a level of perspective without indulging in mass hysteria. Spurs’ squad on the whole, is on the up and the feel good factor that Andre Villas-Boas has brought to the club is still in abundance. Gylfi Sigurdsson has impressed during pre-season since his switch from Hoffenheim and hopes are high for the newly acquired Jan Vertonghen to help Tottenham finally evolve a stable back four.

Although after the initial speedy purchases of both Sigurdsson and Vertonghen, it’s all gone quiet on the transfer front in N17, on the arrivals anyway. Spurs have had a small summer clear out, but where as most teams would appear to make a loss on the deadwood, Daniel Levy has ensured Spurs have made a gain. Amazingly, Tottenham made a collective profit on the trio of Steven Pienaar, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar. It would appear that even if your stock falls at Spurs, you’re transfer value doesn’t.

So imagine what happens if your transfer value rises? In the case of Luka Modric, the club have reneged on their previous zero-tolerance stance towards selling the talented midfielder. Last season, Daniel Levy would not sell for love or money. But after a second close season in which Modric has voiced his intention to leave, it seems the Essex-born businessman has had enough. The stance is that he can leave, if the right offer comes in. But unsurprisingly, this has proven difficult.

Levy will not sell for a penny less than what he sees fit for the Croatian; a figure which is believed to be dead on £40million. There is a quip at White Hart Lane that goes by the line: “In Levy we trust.” It’s difficult to think of a higher profile chairman in the Premier League, with the exception of billionaire owners. Support is strong within Tottenham towards their supremo. But whilst a hard-nosed stance will do the club well financially, it can be argued that Levy needs to find some form of middle ground.

Tottenham need to have their squad settled and ready for the new season as soon as possible. It is idealistic to think that every team in the land will be ready at this point in the season, although Spurs are hardly going into the next term needing a bit of cover or a player to add a bit of competition.

Arguably their best player, or potentially their most important player in Luka Modric, wants to leave. Add to that the prospect of finding a suitable replacement. And to top it all off? Jermain Defoe is their only recognized striker and there are even question marks as to whether he is suitable to play in Andre Villas-Boas’ new look Tottenham team. Any of the aforementioned problems would pose a serious issue to any club. Let alone the amalgamation of all three at once.

The case of the missing strikers is also cause for serious headaches at White Hart Lane. The club need at least one more in up front and although it is thought that a lot of work’s been going on behind the scenes to get someone in, it is the name of Emmanuel Adebayor which seems to have taken up the most amount of time. But for all his success last season and however well it feels as it he might fit, there has to be a cut off point.

The big Togolese has been offered a package that the club deems more than adequate and he still isn’t playing ball. No matter how much we may crave him, his best footballing option is at White Hart Lane- an option that would see Adebayor remain a very wealthy man. Levy and Spurs cannot waste anymore time. Take it or leave it. If Adebayor is moving the goalposts then Spurs must move the contract and look elsewhere. Because they cannot wait any longer.

Spurs need to give themselves and Andre Villas-Boas the best possible platform on which to succeed. The new boss has the backing and vision of the supporters, but the last thing he needs is a slow start- his side must come flying out the traps. Last season, Spurs massively harmed their chances in acquiring Adebayor and Parker towards deadline day. Who knows if the games against Manchester City and Manchester United would have been different? But Parker and Adebayor turned out to be two of Spurs’ most important players. A point or two from those games wouldn’t have gone down too badly at the end of the season.

Spurs’ depth in midfield ensures that however acrimonious the Modric situation may be, the signing of a striker is arguably more important. But as much as some may like to dispel comparisons, Dimitar Berbatov’s effect on the club is well and truly the ghost of Christmas past for Daniel Levy.

How do you drive optimum value into your signings? The ball is in theory, in Tottenham’s court. Modric’s contract length, however bleak his reality may be at the club, ensures that. As time ticks by, interested parties get more desperate. But if Real Madrid shell out £40million for Modric on deadline day, it’s a shallow victory. The search for a replacement of such a player isn’t something that can be adequately fixed in 24 hours. The way Levy does business ensures he won’t simply bow to say, Porto’s demands for Joao Moutinho. You can’t just click your fingers.

So what’s the solution? In all honesty, Spurs are in a tough situation. Say no to Adebayor, when the deal may be so painstakingly close and they’re potentially throwing away their first choice target. But there are other fish in the sea, some that won’t demand you have to break the bank to sign them either.

With Modric, the resolution isn’t so clear-cut. It seems hard to believe, after his behavior since returning from the Euros, that he can ever play for Spurs again. And as long as Madrid retain an interest; the alleged offer from PSG will never hold gravitas. But it simply cannot be left to the last minute. Levy has shown his cards to Madrid- if they say no then that should be it. Spurs can’t be bent over by a club at the last minute. Force Modric to either jump ship to PSG or grovel back to the club.

The hope and optimism is still there beneath the stirring and acrimony these ongoing transfer sagas have caused. But Levy has some tough decisions to make. And he must make them imminently or else risk Tottenham’s start in the Premier League.

Blog by Sam Antrobus

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WhiteHartRogue (Tottenham Hotspur) 4 years ago
Nice write well articulated, shame this was a week ago and theres still no movement!
Juno (AC Milan) 4 years ago
I wonder with Adebayor, is it a case of Man City wanting too much or Adebayor not willing to take a pay cut?
Georgio (Bayern München) 4 years ago
I feel like Spurs are accepting the fact they can't financially hang with the big boys in the long run and are resisting the temptation of splurging to stay in the top four.... Which if failure was the result would put them in a hole they would not want to be in

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