Being linked with just about every player under the sun isn’t something that will come as any particular surprise to supporters of Tottenham Hotspur. But even by their standards, this summer’s transfer window saw the speculation that usually circles the North London club go into absolute overdrive.
A combination of a new manager, a new formation and £30million-rated departure saw Tottenham dominate the gossip columns and Daniel Levy requiring an auditor to sort out his phone bill. Seemingly no player was safe from being rumoured with a move either in or out of N17 and as always in North London, the crux of the business was left down to the last minute.
It is far, far too early to judge how the acquisitions that have been brought in will prosper, but such is the scale of players mooted with a move to White Hart Lane, we thought we’d have a look at those that haven’t made their way to Spurs; and decided to make a rival starting XI to boot.
We are at pains to disclaim that if Daniel Levy had acquired all of these players all at once, Spurs would probably be in financial trouble quicker than you could say ‘Peter Ridsdale’ and the balance of this team is more Football Manager 2012 than Villas-Boas reality.
But seeing as we’re all such gluttons for punishment, here is Tottenham’s 2012 failed transfer XI. Lining up in a shamelessly copycat 4-3-3, it’s dubious as to how they’d cope away to Stoke City, but they’re certainly a talented bunch.
Are you glad that some of these stayed well away from White Hart Lane this season? Or do you feel that the team are crying out for one of these transfer targets that they missed out on? Tell me what you think on Twitter: follow @samuel_antrobus and let me know who’s in and out.