Timorous Tottenham’s Transfer Transactions

After a couple of days to reflect on our actions in the transfer market since the start of the summer until the close of the transfer window, the question has to be asked; Were the powers that be just too timid in their actions?

We didn’t want to sell Robbie Keane, we sold Robbie Keane. We didn’t want to sell Dimitar Berbatov, we sold Dimitar Berbatov. We wanted to sign Andrei Arshavin, we signed Fraizer Campbell. I can see a pattern emerging here.

Liverpool pulled the same stroke with Gareth Barry as they did with Robbie Keane, the difference is Martin O’Neill and Aston Villa didn’t let Rafa have it so easy. As soon as Keane wanted out we rolled over. Ok, I do think it was a good deal for us from a money perspective but that isn’t the point.

Look at Sir Alex. You might not like him very much, but when Real Madrid came knocking with a blank cheque for the services of Christiano Ronaldo, they were told in no uncertain terms where to go. There was some back and forth for a couple of months but at the end of the day Ronaldo is still a Utd player. Dimitar Berbatov is too.

The longer we let the big four pick off our biggest and brightest stars, the longer our top 4 ambitions will take to come to fruition. It’s not just the fact we are losing these players, it’s the atmosphere it creates at the club. When you are able to keep your best players and add one or two each season, you cement the talent you already have and create competition for places. It feels like we have to start a fresh every season because our best players are allowed to go to the teams we are so desperate to emulate.

Ramos was likely promised the world by Daniel Levy to prise him away from Sevilla. He handed us the Carling Cup and some stability and credibility after the handling of Martin Jol. Levy and Comolli have taken his best players and were a few minutes short of giving back Carlton Cole, Emile Heskey and Kevin Doyle. Let’s hope Juande doesn’t become as disillusioned as I feel just now.

20 thoughts on “Timorous Tottenham’s Transfer Transactions”

  1. I totally agree with this article, I cannot believe that we were even in for Heskey, Doyle or Cole all three of these players couldn’t lace Dimitar’s boots! The only thing I am happy with out of this window is that the fact that we didn’t sign any of the above, I would have rather put my faith in Perkhart.

  2. If the club had signed Heskey or Cole I would have honestly had a re-think regards my season ticket. Campbell was just thrown in at the last minute because the useless Comolli didn’t managed to get anyone else. I wish the Villa game was this weekend because I’ve had some very negative feedback regarding the board this week.

  3. absolute rubbish!! Our transfers bar not signing a striker have been excellent!! If players want to go, get rid!!! We got brilliant money for keane and berba. We have strengthened: keeper, defence, massively in midfield. We are much sronger in all departments bar 1 striker. I am sure this will get corrected in Jan. Levy has done a very good job at Spurs, well run, profitable, and given all managers loads of money. Some of our fans are unrealistic. Ultimately Berba is world class, Utd are the biggest club in the world, and he can win all trophies there, its no different to wanting to go to Barca, Madrid etc, we cannot compete yet!

  4. You cannot keep a player who wants to leave – simple as that. Keane and Berba wanted out, so we got rid – got great money for them. We have signed some class, granted we are a striker short, but this will be addressed in January. Too many doom mongers as usual.

  5. You are being very selective with your evidence! Perhaps Barry is happy to remain a Villa player? How can you keep and motivate players who don’t want to play for you? Keane (who I always thought was a bit on the thick side) had his head turned and Berbatov (did you really want another season of misery and half interest?)we always knew would leave. We have 3 strikers, loads of money in the bank, and come January perhaps Arshavin as another striker. The evidence of the Chelsea game shows Ramos is building a team with considerable skill and spirit. But hey Spurs fans, don’t let that worry you, just keep on moaning!

  6. Don’t really think that Levy is to blame. He has invested heavily into the club and you look at our squad now on paper and its much stronger.
    Levy wouldn’t sell any player that Ramos wanted to keep and I know for a fact that a) He didnt rate Keano as highly as we all did b) he wanted rid of Berbatov because his attitude was wrong.

    The person who has let him, Levy and all of us down is Damien Comolli. Levy was obviously busy with the Berbatov transfer and expected Comolli to sign some decent replacements- ie Sergio Garcia not fucking Kevin Doyle- stinks of true desperation!!!!!
    All the other signings- ie Modric and Gio, hane been conducted by either Levy or Ramos, which makes me question, what dfoes Comolli actualy bring to the table apart from sh*t players?

    Think Levy knows that Comolli’s time at spurs is up. He is hanging by a very small thread and I think we should replace him with Monchi (Sevilla DOF) who has an outstanding record of recruiting talent!!

  7. Rubbish, Rubbish, Rubbish! The article takes a blinkered view at the situation. As do the posted comments. The squad is changing, not only has it been slimmed down but there is more strength in depth and the ability level is higher.

    Whilst Gomes looks a great keeper he will only be as good as the 10 players in front of him. But today he has his confidence intact and Robbo didnt. So a step forward.

    The defense has dropped Chimbo, Kaboul and Gardner, with the return of BAE and Bale and the purchase of Corkun we now have decent coverage at the back (remember Hudds played CD at Derby)Another step forward.

    The midfield swapped Gio for Steed, Modric for Taino and Bently for Boatang. Ok where is the our holding player? take your pick from Zokora, Huddlestone, King and now Corkun. I say another step forward.

    The strikers, out went Keane, in came Bent. Ok different players but lets give a boy a chance. Bent was never going to prove his price tag with his backside warming the subs bench. Out went Berbasulk and in came Palyucheno. The guy hasnt pulled on the shirt yet and we should give him the chance to prove his reported quality. Campbell is here to take Bent’s place on the bench. An improvement to the strike force, probaly not but it might pay off. only time will tell.

    The players signed can and will play in a number of position and formations which will become spurs asset.

    The transfer window is there to allow teams to try reshape and improve their squads. Whilst losing Keane and Berbastrop may sound a disaster on paper. We didnt need either of them at the bridge did we.

  8. LEVY HIRED COMMOLI. LEVY SHOULD F*CK OFF.

    LEVY HAS BOUGHT PLAYERS BUT HE HAS MADE A PROFIT ALSO, 7 MIL MORE THAN HE HAS SPENT.

    WE ENDED UP WITH AN AVERAGE RUSSIAN, BENT AND A 20 YEAR OLD LOAB SIGNING UP FRONT WHEN WE HAD THE MONEY TO REPLACE 2 TOP CLASS STRIKERS WITH PLAYERS WHO WERE JUST AS GOOD, WE DIDNT.

    LEVY IS TO BLAME, HE HIRED COMMOLI, EVERYTIME LEVY F*CKS UP ITS SMEONE ELSES FAULT.

    IF THE OWNERS OF THE ARSE HAD AS MUCH MONEY AS WE DO TO SPEND, WHICH THEY DONT, I GUARANTEE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE F*CKED IT UP LIKE LEVY DID.

    TO LOSE 2 STRIKERS WHO GOT MORE THAN 70 PLUS GOALS LAST YEAR AND TO HAVE THE CASH TO REPLACE THEM BUT END UP WITH AN AVERAGE STRIKEFORCE AND A LOAN SIGNING IS A MONUMENTAL COCK UP.

    LEVY’S HAGGLING AND HIRING OF COMMOLI IS TO BLAME.

    I’LL BE AT THE THE VILLA GAME SHOUTING LEVY OUT AND I WONT BE THE ONLY ONE.

    LEVY OUT.

  9. Not rubbish, not rubbish, not rubbish!

    It’s ok saying the players we have brought in are better on paper, but you can’t keep selling your best players and expect to progress.

    The players that have come in need time to settle and gel. The big four hold on to their best players, so should we.

    It’s all very well saying you can’t keep them if they don’t want to play for you but they only have this attitude because Spurs continually allow player to get away with it.

  10. I agree with Danny, we are never going to step up to the next level, there is no doubt that we are stronger in other departments, however it’s just the same as last year just the other way round, good defence now, poor attack, there is no way we will be challenging for fourth this year, has anyone thought about if Bent get’s injured, we are then left with three very inexperienced unproven prem forwards.

  11. But Danny, you are missing the point. Is the point that you want to keep certain individual players or you want to improve the team as a whole?

    My point starting Rubbish, Rubbish, Rubbish was despite losing certin players, Spurs have improved as a squad. ENIC, Levy, Commoli and Ramos must be appaulded for doing so.

  12. Anyone who labels Pavlyuchenko ‘Average’ obviously hasn’t bothered to check the facts… But then, why should facts stand in the way of a good old typical Tottenham fan whining..

    Pavlyuchenko averages one goal every two games – and has a proven record in scoring in internationals, too. Arshavin – who everybody seems ridiculously obsessed about – has scored 47 in 217 games in club football; great forward player he is, yes – but if it is a striker to contribute goals like Keane and Berba did, then Pavlyuchenko is a far better prospect.

    Also, we now have Bent (Whose record pre-last season was outstanding, at Ipswich and Charlton…), Pavlyuchenko, Frasier Campbell, Dos Santos, and Pekhart to possible return at some stage.

    Let’s be honest – all the talk about who we’re going to sign up to deadline day is just gossip; just be real.

    There is NO DOUBT that the additions of Corluka, Modric, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko and Dos Santos bring FIVE top quality signings to the squad.

    Let’s stop whining and watch the season….

  13. Spurs stand a much greater chance of securing points by stopping the goals flying in at the back. Last season we had no problem scoring, granted we have sold 75% of our strikers since.

    But if you can keep the oppositions out you have got 1 point before you even look at what Bent, Pav, Campbell, Gio, Lennon, Bently and JJ might acheive.

    The midfield will without doubt create more chances for the forwards then last season as well. Take MU, Yorke & Cole werent the best strikers in the world, but they got great service and scored alot of goals.

    We have failed to progress as a team because we can stop the other team from scoring. So lets start there!

  14. The selling of our stars will never change as long as we are a PLC. The whole fact of the matter is that Daniel Levy has to report to shareholders. If a big offer comes in for any of our players and they want to go we will always sell ie Carrick, Keane, Berbatov…. The only reason that Villa were able to hold onto Barry and Utd hold onto Ronaldo is that they are privately owned and they can do what they want. The whole threat from Levy of letting Berba rot in the reserves was B*llocks. As long as he has to explain to Shareholders that our biggest saleable asset is rotting in the reserves and depreciating in value there was never any chance of this happening. Until we become a privately owned company, preferably by sheikh something or other, our beloved Spurs will always be also rans. And Levy knows that now. Spurs will be foreign and privately owned soon and i for one cannot wait…

  15. I really cannot understand some people, Pav’s goalscoring record in Russia is irrelevant, you only have to look at Dirk Kuyt and Andrei Shevchenko, they were brilliant in Holland and italy and then look what happened when they came to the prem and played for better sides than tottenham!!!

  16. Some differences. Barry does not sulk like Berba. Man Utd ultimately stumped up the cash for Berba and Liverpool did that for Keane. Liverpool refused to do that for Barry.
    If Ronaldo started to sulk and say he is not the right frame of mind, would Utd have kept him on?
    I agree that Commoli has not done a great job – especially with getting a good holding midfielder and a left winger but getting the likes of Hutton, Woodgate, Corluka, Modric, Bentley is not so shabby either.
    Also we don’t want to end up like West Ham and Leeds. I can remember how we use to say that Spurs should be like Leeds.

  17. Why dont you all just be honest and admit that Spurs are shit.

    Go on, you will feel a lot better for it……………

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