Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Jeremy Mathieu the 30 yr old defender from Valencia for a reported 20m euros, that should be the end of all the speculation surrounding our own Jan Vertonghen and will hopefully lead to another of our important players signing a new extended contract. Of course if this does turn out to be the case Tottenham must not relax as they still need to bolster the defence with the acquisition of a right sided central defender to play alongside him once Michael Dawson has signed for Hull.
Every Tottenham supporter remember only too well the summer transfer window before we set out to take Europe by storm in the Champions League, as the window was about to close although we knew we had a decent team there was a feeling that more quality was needed and at the last moment Daniel Levy pulled a rabbit from the hat and signed Rafael Van de Vaart for a knockdown price of just £8m, this was the same player that had allegedly attracted an £18m offer from Bayern Munich a couple of weeks earlier. We know that Daniel Levy generally does well when it comes to buying and selling players
Though there has still been no announcement regarding the deals for Davies and Vorm it is likely that they will happen soon and that Gylfi Sigurdsson , the first signing of the last new era, will head in the opposite direction. Along with the sale of Jake Livermore for £6.5m it seems that after the first bout of trading Tottenham will still be ahead by about £4m just as Daniel Levy likes. It doesn’t look like it is going to end there though, contrary to Pochettino recently suggesting that he expected a quiet transfer window it actually appears that a great deal of work is going on to ensure that he has everything in place to bring success to the club.
Everywhere you look Arsenal supporters are full of themselves and are convinced that the signing of Alexis Sanchez is the gamechanger that will secure them the title for the first time in a decade. They overlook the fact that he is not an alternative to Giroud but more a replacement for Walcott, Podolski or one of their other midfielders. Tottenham supporters are repeatedly reminded of the shadow cast over them, their state of the art stadium and their all important participation in the Champions League, this they say ensures that they retain the ability to sign some of the best players in the world while we have to settle for second best!
Sky Sports are reporting that a £5m fee for Michel Vorm has been agreed between Swansea and Tottenham and the 30 yr olds representatives are in talks with the club. whether an agreement will be reached remains to be seen but though Brad friedel seems to go on for ever realistically it is becoming important to find an alternative while the youngster Jordan goes about learning his trade.
Mauricio Pochettino agreed to become the new Tottenham coach only a little over a month ago and has only been able to work with some of the squad for a couple of weeks, soon he will have the benefit of several more players as those with extended leave having featured in the world Cup are due to return soon, add a couple of the recently injured a couple that have contracted illnesses and an entire team will be added to the ranks.
In recent days the new man has told the media that he expects a quiet transfer window for the club as he is more than happy with the quality and size of the squad available to him, those comments were probably in response
Tottenham are well on their way to having a team full of superstars in just two or three years as they go about purchasing the players needed to make them a force in the future. They have been working on this project for some time but there is still some way to go and some gaps to fill as Franco Baldini and the Tottenham scouts go about the job. To get the perfect team will not be easy as other clubs seem intent on going down the same route and will have their own ideas as to the team and formation preferred.
Well it seems that Ben Davies will soon be announced as our first signing of the Pochettino era no matter how long it might last, a good brand of football, decent results and a better haul of points from the current top four teams will certainly suffice for his first season, though a decent run in a cup competition or two with perhaps a bit of silverware at the end of it will have us all eating out of his hand. No matter what most Tottenham supporters will be thrilled that a new left back will soon arrive and one that will probably soon take over the role permanently. Though Pochettino went on record to suggest a quiet transfer window perhaps he was just throwing us a red herring
Our new coach has now started to speak a little more freely, presumably as he is now becoming more comfortable in the job and hopefully realises that he has a better squad to work with than he could have imagined. Following release of the new home and away kits incorporating the words “Echo of Glory” in memory of the great Bill Nicholson our new coach has really got on board and in an interview he has spoken of his desire to win the Premier League title
After just one season out of the top five and a concerted challenge for a Champions League slot for the first time in 5 seasons it seems that Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are confident enough to dismiss Tottenham as top 5 challengers, both only seem concerned with themselves and the challenge that will come from a rejuvenated Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City. A seeason of turmoil and upheaval resulted in a points total just 3 less than in our record breaking season but only led to a 6th placed finish.