In a transfer window dominated by stories of Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney it has escaped the notice of many that Tottenham have been very active in the window so far.
Whilst the exhausting saga of Spurs’ number 11 has rumbled on throughout the summer, Daniel Levy has surprisingly been rather open about his bank account. With the arrivals of Pauliho from Corinthians, Nacer Chadli from FC Twente and Roberto Soldado from Valencia, Spurs have spent a staggering £50 million in a month and a half.
For many, this comes as a surprise as Spurs are globally recognised for their wheeler dealing and signing players on the cheap. However, Spurs broke their transfer record early in July, acquiring the services of Paulinho for £17 million.
This was not all as the N17 side once again splashed out to bring in much needed striker Roberto Soldado for another club record fee of £26 million. After supposedly failing to lure David Villa and Christian Benteke to North London, Daniel Levy had to show his commitment and open his chequebook to land the Spanish international who scored 59 times in 101 games for Valencia during his three year spell with the Spanish outfit.
Real Madrid set out at the end of the season to land their annual marquee signing. After Gareth Bale became a household name in world football, it was clear that the Bernabeu side were keen on bringing the 24 year old to the Spanish capital. The future of the Welshman has been uncertain over the course of the window and the saga has had twists and turns since the end of the season in May. The Spanish and English media have had a huge say in this saga and Real Madrid have infruriated many a fan with their clear tapping up of Tottenham’s superstar. There have been ups and downs but everybody involved at White Hart Lane hopes the Welshman remains at the club, at least for another year.
The intent has been shown by Spurs and the contract is on the table for Bale to sign. The club have spent quick and spent big, showing their desire to not only finish in the Top 4, but to bring silverware back to the streets of Tottenham High Road.
Spurs are still looking to strengthen in the Centre Back, Left Back and possibly Striker departments but with the chequebook wide open, it doesn’t appear to be a matter of who and how much. There are names flying around on forums and Twitter but one thing is for sure, Spurs are not yet finished in the market.
Andre Villas Boas is clearly trying to build something special at Tottenham and with the backing of Joe Lewis & Daniel Levy and the transfer expertise of Franco Baldini, the Portuguese man is certainly the man to bring trophies to White Hart Lane.
After a successful year of transition, Spurs now have the squad to take on the biggest teams again. The squad is strong and has plenty of depth to compete on all four fronts.
Let’s hope we can fill the gaps in our squad in the remainder of the window and start well against Crystal Palace on Sunday 18th August.
You can follow our new signings on Twitter:
Paulinho – @paulinhop8
Chadli – @NChadli
Soldado – @R9Soldado