On the face of it, this was a reasonable transfer window for Spurs, certainly if you like a bargain. First the positives.
We bought players in several of the key positions that needed strengthening, primarily left back and central defence. We also now have a reserve goalkeeper who isn’t in his forties.
Release clauses helped us get good value for money with the purchases of Federico Fazio and Eric Dier, while Benjamin Stambouli had just one year left to run on his contract with Montpelier. The deal we made with Swansea saw us offload Sigurdsson who was surplus to requirements (I didn’t agree) and get two useful players in return.
Tottenham managed to sell or loan out some unwanted players from a bloated squad. While most will agree with the exit of the likes of Gomez, Livermore and Fryers, the loss of Holtby, Sandro and Dawson caused emotions amongst supporters to run high. While I agreed with the logic, there’s something very wrong with Michael Dawson in a Hull shirt.
On the negative side, we didn’t fill two areas many identified as requiring immediate attention. There was no left sided wide player to complement Eric Lamela on the right. Most disappointing of all, there was no late move for a star striker. In fact all the new additions are in primarily defensive positions. Where was Koplyanka, Bony, even Welbeck?
While the players we bought look solid, they aren’t the exciting reinforcements we had hoped for. Fazio looks big and sturdy but doesn’t have the potential of Musacchio. Stambouli sounds like an accomplished, hard working defensive player but maybe without the dynamism or attacking dimension of Schneiderlin – although I admit I am relying on what I’ve read when assessing these two.
Worryingly, it feels like, yet again, Daniel Levy has not backed his man. Andre Villas-Boas reportedly wanted Moutinho, a transfer that failed due to third party ownership problems and Levy’s reluctance to pay top dollar. He would have been our erstwhile manager’s key player in the centre to knit the team together, his trusted lieutenant, his man in the dressing room. The failed attempts at signing Musacchio (third party ownership again) and especially Schneiderlin, feel like deja vu.
It’s always hard to assess these things straight away – if you had asked fans this time last year, most would have said our seven signings were a triumph. This time round we already had a decent squad, small improvements were all that was needed.
So overall some good additions but in terms of adding goal threat and supporting the manager, let’s hope we don’t live to regret the opportunities missed.
Did Spurs have a successful transfer window? Is Daniel Levy the king of the deal? Let me know in the comments below.
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