Even without the sale of Gareth Bale, Spurs have been exceptionally busy in the transfer market buying up a host of midfield players. So how will Andreas Villas-Boas keep them all on side with even more cash set to land in his lap with the departure of the Welsh wizard?
At the start of pre-season Andreas Villas-Boas would have sat down with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to discuss possible transfer targets over the summer months. As we have seen, the list was clearly an extensive one as Tottenham look to build on the momentum of last season and push into the top four. With the assumed cash generated from Gareth Bale’s eventual sale – which still hasn’t happened yet – and Levy’s renowned shrewdness in the transfer market, Spurs have spent big this summer.
In total, fans that bet on football have seen five new players have joined the club for around £55m and Spurs still aren’t happy with their lot. AS Roma confirmed Erik Lamela was on the verge of joining the club, while Levy has made a subtle yet very genuine bid for Ajax’s Christian Eriksen. The mass spending on players is almost obscene as Villas-Boas transforms his attacking and midfield options, with a flurry of players exiting through the back door.
Tottenham must be careful not to overdo it. Adding three midfielders – and possibly four in Eriksen – into an already-competitive position is dangerous for squad harmony, for AVB is buying first-team players who expect their names in the match-day line-up. Paulinho, Nacer Chadi and Etienne Capoue must work their way between Aaron Lennon, Lewis Hotlby, Mousa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sando, Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll.
Even without Bale, they still have too many midfielders and although AVB may want to field five at a time he will struggle to keep them happy. Where are they all going to fit? If you’re Lennon or Holtby or Sigurdsson, you must look at who has come in and wonder what your future holds.
For years Tottenham have spent as a means of improving the squad, rather than developing a team within itself or its youth ranks. Last season they spent in excess of £50m and back in 2009/10 over £32m. This summer they’ve taken a big gamble parting with so much money before the Bale sale has even gone through yet Levy clearly sees this level of spending as a means of joining the big boys.
Tottenham are a good price in the football betting odds to contest for a top-four place this year and may even push for third, yet AVB’s biggest challenge is to keep his bolstered squad singing in harmony.
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