Inside Lane: Spurs’ transfer deadline day dithering could cost them dearly
So I’ve had a little time to calm down and take stock. If I’d written this piece at 6.05pm last Tuesday it would have been far more of a rant, and significantly less considered.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of our negotiations over signing of Saido Berahino. I think we can agree it was pretty shambolic.
In truth I was never completely sold on Berahino, and did raise more than an eyebrow at the £25 million pound price tag we were being asked to pay. But as the days ticked down, and it became clear he was Mauricio Pochettino’s No 1 target for the summer, I was willing Daniel Levy just to get the deal done. But guess what, once again our chairman had a deadline day to forget.
There have been one or two more revisionist pieces written in recent days that Levy was right not to bow to Jeremy Peace’s demands and once again pay over the odds on a transfer deadline day panic buy. I understand that we don’t want a repeat of the summer of 2013.
But whatever way the club try and paint it, it’s completely unacceptable to go into a season that could involve more than 60 games with one recognised striker.
Last season we played a total of 57 games, and Roberto Soldado was involved in 40 of them - scoring five goals. Emmanuel Adebayer even played 10 games for goodness sake! So now we are left in a position where our whole season hangs on the form and fitness of Harry Kane.
Based on the first four games, that could prove to be a gamble too far.Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot that was right with the summer’s transfer policy. We cleared out the deadwood, with the notable exception of Adebayor.
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We now have a streamlined squad that will allow our young talent to develop and play, the defence has been strengthened with the addition of Toby Alderweireld. Hopefully Son Heung-min and Clinton N’Jie will provide the pace and guile we’ve been so desperately lacking – although their lack of Premier League experience means we can’t expect too much too soon.
I can even get on board with the idea that Eric Dier is the solid defensive midfielder we’ve been looking for. But the simple fact of the matter is we should have bought another striker.
Levy could have gone in earlier in the summer for Berahino, and not gambled on West Brom being forced to offload an unsettled player at the last hour.
Charlie Austin was available, why not just pay the £15million for a proven back-up, who could play in our cup competitions and help take the pressure off Kane? I hope I’m wrong, but I think our deadline day dithering could have costly consequences for the rest of the season.
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