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.
Somewhat disappointingly Spurs are yet to enter the transfer market this summer. There is an obvious need for some stability after the upheaval of 12 months ago, but with a new manager and several weaknesses in the squad, one or two signings would still be welcome. Daniel Levy has a tendency to leave deals till the last minute, trying to get the best financial result but this is often a false economy, destabilising the team during the early part of the season.
Loans are a useful addition to the transfer system. They allow promising young players to gain experience. They help rejuvenate footballers stagnating at the wrong club. They enable cash strapped teams to add extra players without paying exorbitant transfer fees.