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The “A” team starring Lewis, Levy,Baldini and AVB.

Posted on August 22, 2013 by Scraggs

Not since the sixties have Tottenham managed to win the league title a fact that every supporter seems to be constantly reminded of, but in every decade since then Tottenham have managed to build a good squad capable of winning silverware but for one reason or another unable to sustain a title challenge.

The eighties brought together some top quality players, the Argentian World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa linked up with Glen Hoddle, Micky Hazard, Garth Crooks and Steve Archibald amongst others, trophies and challenges on all fronts followed until the Falklands conflict was the catalyst for the break up of the team and the challenge disappeared.

The nineties brought together another good team and more exceptional players, Gazza, Linneker, Mabbutt and Stewart led by Terry Venables. There was a tremendous feel good factor surrounding Tottenham but fairly soon Gazza was on his way to Lazio and Venables was sacked.

Into the 2000’s and again Tottenham began to build toward competing, nowhere near the level of the “Sky Four” of course but closer than in any previous Premiership years, Carrick, Keane and Berbatov began to give hope and then they were gone. Towards the end of the first decade and Harry Redknapp managed to crack the top four and the squad carried on improving, since then no silverware but a constant challenge for fourth place.

On to 2012 and another fourth place finish but no Champions League due to a technicality, Chelsea winning the competition against all odds, that resulted in Tottenham being unable to retain the services of their one world class player Luka Modric and the sack for Redknapp.  Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy took an enormous chance in sacking Harry Redknapp, even though I believe it was self inflicted, AVB was appointed following what can only be best described as an average period with Chelsea, Modric went for a substantial amount of money but it was all re-invested and five or six new players arrived, eventually the new coach managed to turn results around, the team grew in confidence and ability and many players individual performances hit new heights. A record points total followed but still no Champions League and so another superstar seems set to leave.

What was learned from AVB’s first season at Tottenham was that he is a special coach, probably one of the best in the world, the players enjoy his methods and to a man speak very highly of him, he has managed to improve team performance and results as well as drawing the very best from players. Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy clearly made the right decision and Tottenham could reap the benefits. Lewis approved a fairly hefty transfer fund irrespective of the Bale situation because AVB had impressed so much, while Levy seems set to secure almost double his value if Bale is to leave.

On next to appointing a Director of Football and Franco Baldini was the choice, most coaches would have been very wary of this change of direction but not AVB, he encouraged and embraced the situation. Since the appointment of Baldini the sheer number of quality players that have already joined and the number of others close to joining will probably end in a very memorable summer of transfer dealing. Not only is Baldini bringing established quality to Tottenham but fantastic players with the best years still ahead of them and players with world class potential, Halilovic, Lamela and Chiriches are all very talented and are all rumoured to be Tottenham targets. Looking at some of the players Baldini took to Roma should be testament enough of his ability to recognise quality, Lamela and Pjanic as well as Marquinhos a player he took to Roma just a year ago now sold to PSG for £32m.

Tottenham fans emotions have gone through the ringer this summer, hope as Paulinho was quickly snapped up, humoured by Madrids pathetic attempts to lure a settled Bale away from his mentor AVB, excitement as more quality players were linked, quickly followed by despair when Bale was finally suckered in. As of now hope has turned to expectancy as more players have joined the revolution, with the likes of Willian close to signing as well as Coentrao, Lamela and Chiriches rumoured as likely candidates the excitement amongst supporters is close to fever pitch.

Tottenham are close to completing quite possibly the greatest transfer window in their history, the “A” team are actually quite close to transforming what everybody was fond of calling a “one man team” into contenders for every competition entered and creating one of the strongest squads in the league, to do so without spending a penny is nothing short of a miracle.

Joe Lewis, Daniel Levy, Franco Baldini and AVB take a bow.

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  1. 23spur says:

    Looks like Spurs are re-investing the GB fee, and improving the squad overall.
    A first League title since 1961 would be fantastic.



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