For Daniel Levy, the January window hasn’t open yet, and that may be the positive fans can draw from the lack of arrivals at Tottenham this month.

Lewis Holtby’s summer move from Schalke has been brought forward, and that’s naturally going to be a boost for Andre Villas-Boas and his squad. But while the German is not short of being able to make an impact for the remainder of the reason, the Tottenham manager will be hoping that his chairman will spring into life come sometime this Thursday and present him with a signing in the mould of Rafael van der Vaart.

And it’s not that Spurs are desperate for a midfielder – although a short-term replacement for the injured Sandro wouldn’t go amiss – but rather a striker who captures the imagination in the same manner that the Dutchman did during his time at White Hart Lane. Holtby isn’t that player yet, however it will be interesting to see how he works out in England. But Levy must surely be aware of the prize that’s sitting on the table and waiting to be snapped up. Champions League football is on the horizon and well within sight. Tottenham are looking a far better and more assured outfit this season than their north London rivals, and teams like Everton may not have that extra gear to push them into a top four spot.

As of now, Spurs are also without the spark that could turn a very big likelihood into something further down the meter towards a guarantee. Injuries may come into play and you really can’t bet for sure that Tottenham will be able to fend off any unexpected problems that may arise between now and May. But Levy really needs to make sure that the club have done all they can to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

What would have happened if all of Tottenham’s summer signings were done before the start of the season? The team weren’t playing badly, but it wasn’t enough to turn a loss into a draw or a point into three. What if by the end of the season a place in the top three of the league is lost because Spurs were one point shy?

The thing is it doesn’t even have to be a big signing whose name alone will inspire the crowd. Bringing in good players who are flying well under the radar may be the way Levy wants to go, and it may certainly be best if he’s not willing to spend big. Clint Dempsey has a few goals in recent games, but it should never have come down to him being the only senior striker available. He may provide goal numbers in double figure, but that’s not the point.

Jermaine Defoe has played well for the majority of the season but his injury remains a concern. Furthermore, how much faith can be placed in Emmanuel Adebayor? He’s always been a striker who works for himself, and now that he has the stability of a contract at Tottenham, it might be unwise to expect similar performances to that of last season.

At this point, it’s still too early to say whether Levy has done enough for Villas-Boas this January. He may even opt to look past the deadline on Thursday and towards the summer where he can strengthen with choices closer to the top of his list.  If European football is not the priority (which seems doubtful) then Tottenham are well on course to overachieve on what might have been expected of the new manager this season. But if the top tier of European football next season is the ultimate goal, it’s imperative Levy strengthens this side now. It may still be a few years before Tottenham can spend in the same market as teams like Chelsea, which is why such an opportunity this season cannot be taken lightly.

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  • RhinoNeal
    2 years ago

    We all know this but the problem is Levy doesn’t. Every window us Spurs fans have had to put up with Levy and his basement bargain buys. Every window a lot of fans make excuses for him which I can understand to some point because of his business acumen. The problem is Levy’s judgement in the last five windows has been pretty poor and a lot of us fans are really getting fed up with it. There is no way Spurs should have been left with just two strikers at the beginning of the season and now look at the position we find ourselves in. We all made excuses for Levy when Redknapp was with us and thought he just didn’t want to back him but now he has brought AVB in surely he has to try and do something for him otherwise we are just going to either stand still or go backwards and lose all our top players as they run out of patience.

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  • defectedmonkey
    2 years ago

    Levy had done quite a bit for the club. Look at Aston Villa at the moment. They are in big trouble and Randy Lerner refuses to buy them vital players they lack. When Harry took charge we went on that big spending spree. Then he continued to spend money on players who took the club to a higher level. I think he will continue to do that. But what fans must realises is that the higher you go the harder it becomes to keep improving on what you have got. So we must subscribe to patience.

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    • spuds4me
      2 years ago

      we’ve been subscribing to patience since I first gargled the word “spurs” in my nappy! now’s the time for levy (the tight little git) to remember the words written at the lane “to dare is to do” and “the game is about glory”. instead his version should read “to dare is risky” and “the game is about balancing the books”.
      goodness sake we’ve hovered in and just out of the top 4 for several seasons now, when are we going to actually go for it? levy is prepared to leave avb who is looking like the man we want, with half a striker? poor defoe badly needs a rest and a period as super-sub once he’s recovered fully from what is obviously a niggling injury. adebayor is on a differant planet now that ‘arry’s gone. mark my words; no striker to boost our chances, no top 4 finish and next summer no bale.

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  • dave
    2 years ago

    Mr levy we need a striker two strikers no where near enough look at man u how many do they have 4 5 to compete with the top we need to buy.

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  • faizan
    2 years ago

    6 or 7million for both siggy nd dempsey 5for ade ths iz about 17 or 18million if he paud ths moNey for a negeredo or damiao then nobody would ever have talk abut lack of strikers nd both were available were for ths price at summer negerdo
    would be less thn ths price i cant understand y everbdy keep saying tht levy iz a genius ya he made some good signings in past but with every vdv there iz a bentley as well bd both would hve scored more goals thn ade dempesy nd siggy combined frm a chelsea fan i m nt under ratng levy but ths transfer window he wasted tht 18million dempesy has some 8goals but near 30 apperances nd half of them hve been agnst lower ter teams except tht two tape ins aganst utd

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  • spuds4me
    2 years ago

    levy you sacked ‘arry for not getting champions league (despite finishing 4th) yet you’re willing to bugger up avb’s chances of achieving the same glory by leaving him in a situation whereby we’ve only got one striker and he’s carrying an injury, for goodness sake I wouldn’t expect to see that situation in league 2 let alone the PL. disgusting lack of support for a great coach, its enough to break his confidence. GET IT SORTED. look at the other challenging sides and count the strikers they have!!

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