Finally Spurs addressed the biggest weakness in their squad by completing the signing of left back Ben Davies, from Swansea. Davies is not a marauding full back in the mould of Luke Shaw – he’s unlikely to be the next Gareth Bale – but he is a competent defender with perhaps better positional discipline than his more illustrious peers.
I have long bemoaned Danny Rose’s lack of natural instincts as a defender; he’s a Championship left winger, not a Premier League full back. When Tim Sherwood played Rose and Eriksen on the left, it was an open invitation to opposition attackers. Davies should give us much more solidity and hopefully this will transmit confidence to the rest of the defence.
I was disappointed to see Gylfi Sigurdsson move the other way as part of the deal. I always thought that given the right position, in the right system, the Icelandic midfielder would have prospered for Tottenham. He scored some useful goals – ironically none more so than the winner against Pochettino’s Southampton last season, where as a second half substitute his pressing and passing arguably changed the game.
Maybe Daniel Levy has a new attacking left sided player lined up to take his place? Antoine Griezmann or Yevhen Konoplyanka would certainly soften the blow.
A big surprise was that goalkeeper Michel Vorm was included in the deal. He will be a good backup to Lloris and with a Europa League campaign this season – assuming Spurs get through the qualifying round – he will make a useful addition to the squad.
It seems fairly common these days, to play a different keeper in cup games. Real Madrid provided the ultimate example, where Iker Casillas ended up captaining his side in last season’s Champions League final, despite only featuring in two La Liga games all season. It’s the sensible way to keep two top goalkeepers happy, so that you have a decent substitute.
Call me cynical, but I’m still concerned about the long term intentions of the club. Are they grooming Vorm as a successor to Lloris? The French keeper has just signed a new long term contract but so did Gareth Bale the year before he left. I worry that Tottenham have done a deal with Lloris, where he has agreed to stay on another year and, in return, Spurs have agreed he can go next summer. His future will probably depend on the success of Pochettino’s team this season.
It would be a real shame to lose another top star, to add to the list already containing Bale, Modric, Berbatov and Carrick. If Spurs are ever to move forward from top six also-rans, we must hold on to our best players.
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