Spurs have played a blinder this transfer window
OPINION: Trust Daniel Levy to produce the goods with new signings
Thursday, 31st August 2017 — By Dan Carrier
HARRY Kane’s comments while on England duty this week can be loosely translated as ‘In Levy We Trust’.
He said he would not be watching today’s squad boosting scrambles on transfer deadline day, and told fans to chill out. He called Levy a “great businessman” with his club’s best interests at heart. And whatever fans think about the annual last minute rush to bolster the cards in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s hand, today (Thursday), it so far seems like Levy has done well with the resources he has at his disposal.
As any homeowner knows, having the builders in is an expensive and fraught time, so Spurs can’t just blow megabucks.
Instead, Tottenham have shed players who Pochettino deemed surplus to requirements – Kyle Walker, Kevin Wimmer, Fazio, Nabil Bentaleb – and loaned out fringes players such as Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers to make some space on the bench.
Now, as Levy’s busiest day at the office each year ticks down, Spurs fans should be quietly happy with what the supremo seems to be doing. As things stand, the club have sealed the deals for centre back Davinson Sanches and full back Serge Aurier – they both seem decent signings.
On top of that, it appears a target of 10 years ago – steiker Fernando Llorente – has chosen trips to Wembley ahead of Stamford Bridge and a move to a Chelsea, which on its own is a cause for chuckles for Tottenham fans.
His signing looks to have a knock on effect for Vincent Janssen. It is a shame he hasn’t managed to shed a pound or two and convince Pochettino that he deserves a little bit of game time, but Tottenham’s young squad could do with someone with Llorente’s class and experience.
Bring him on with 10 to go and you can imagine the striker employing a range of tricks to defend a lead from the front, or sniffing out a fox in the box finish if we need to conjure up a winner.
Janssen can now go on loan to a team where he’ll start each week and get up to speed in the Premiership before coming home in much better shape.
The last piece of the transfer jigsaw needed to complete a happy picture would be the Ross Barkley saga coming to a positive end. And if he doesn’t sign for Spurs, maybe he’ll stay on Merseyside and Pochettino can nab him for the price of a train fare next Spring.
But for all this chat of incomings, outgoings, wild cards and shock deals, perhaps the greatest trick Levy and Pochettino have managed is to keep the guts of a squad on comparatively ‘low’ wages together.
No bids were entertained for the cream of the team, and for that alone, the club’s transfer committee have played a blinder.