Given Tottenham Hotspur’s tumultuous transfer window experiences in recent times, it seems somewhat naïve to speculate as to what might happen over the next two weeks.

For supporters, the remit is plain, simple and overwhelming in its consensus. While fans may perhaps dispute which of the two takes priority in terms of coming through the door first at White Hart Lane, it appears all are in agreement that Andre Villas-Boas’ side need both a new frontman and a driving creative force in midfield to boost their quest for Champions League qualifications.

The recent additions of both Ezekiel Fryers and Schalke’s prodigious Lewis Holtby were welcomed amongst the White Hart Lane support but although fans were pleased to see chairman Daniel Levy completing deals earlier on in the window for a change, the duo aren’t likely to be able to do much to influence Spurs’ season. The 20-year-old Fryers has linked up with the club’s development squad upon joining, with German international Holtby not set to arrive in North London till the summer.

Tottenham’s goalless draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday only served to highlight the lingering impotence of the side’s forward unit and given the disastrous approach to the January window 12 months ago, supporters are understandably anxious to not see history repeat itself in 2012.

But despite many assuming that Villas-Boas’ recent insistence that the squad doesn’t need strengthening was little more than the exhibition of a poker-face, there is a school of thought that the Portuguese might not have been bluffing after all.

Recent speculation circling about the depth of Tottenham’s warchest and the possible retention of funds towards kickstarting the new stadium project is hardly anything new and it’s not without substance either.

But with little over two weeks remaining till the end of the window, it’s only served to fuel speculation that the club’s January shopping may have already reached it’s zenith. Scaremongers would have it down as the doomsday scenario where as optimists would tell you it’s more smart calculation than care-free catastrophe. Although what happens if Spurs don’t make any more moves during the transfer window?

If we purely look at the implications this would have for the squad, as opposed to the wider outlook of why the club haven’t sought to invest, it throws up some cautionary observations.

The most pressing situation facing Andre Villas-Boas’ side in coming weeks is of course a potential famine of talent in the forward ranks, with Emmanuel Adebayor now expected to imminently depart for the African Cup of Nations barring another soap opera. Publically, Villas-Boas has insisted that his side can cope adequately with only Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey in the squad, although the feeling amongst fans has been that this is little more than a public front.

Yet if we do take AVB at face value, while it’d represent an undoubted risk, he’s hardly being delusional in his expectations. The side managed to cope just fine – albeit with its share of teething problems – till nearly mid-November with only Defoe and Dempsey to pick from up front. With Togo sitting at 66/1 to win the tournament, you get an idea as to quite where their chances lie in advancing to the latter stages and if they do exit at the group stage as expected, Adebayor may only miss Spurs’ next three games.

The issue here is that such has been the lack of contribution the former Manchester City striker has made this season, even if he was to miss the African Cup of Nations all together, the side could still do with another frontman. Considering Spurs went into the QPR game having created more chances from open play than any other team in this league, the case for purchasing a new striker hardly constitutes rocket science.

Although should Spurs amble on without another striker for the rest of the season, issues with the supply line to their attacking unit is hardly without its faults, either. In fact, you can make a case that such has been the side’s inability to feed their strikers and breakdown stubborn defenses; the need for a creative spark in midfield is of higher urgency than a new forward.

The Lilywhites have been linked to everyone from Christian Eriksen to Wesley Sneijder in recent weeks, but should they stick with what they’ve got, they’re going to have to hope their current attacking contingent really raises their game as the season continues.

Before his recent injury, Clint Dempsey finally began to show signs that he was capable of offering Villas-Boas a productive outlet in the No10 like role he was being asked to play, but he’s going to have to find another gear if Spurs have designs on keeping the pressure on for a top four finish. Gylfi Sigurdsson has cut a frustrated figure at times, but given a lack of a real run of starts in the league, perhaps the jury remains out on his ability to really make a difference in this Tottenham midfield.

Ultimately, it’s not going to be game over for Tottenham’s season if they fail to bring much in the way of reinforcements in. Given Dempsey’s poor showings up front on his own, the biggest worry would be overcoming Adebayor’s absence, but should come out of that unscathed, this squad still has enough to compete for a top four finish.

But despite it offering a second January in which Spurs have failed to strengthen, in not buying reinforcements, Daniel Levy is yet again failing to back Andre Villas-Boas following the debacle that was their summer transfer activity. It’s early days and a lot can change in the next fortnight. Yet if Tottenham fail to produce during the transfer window, fans will be expecting something in the way of stadium-based developments to boot. And if that’s the case, the club could do with being a little more honest with supporters.

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  • sickof cretins
    1 year ago

    “Daniel Levy is yet again failing to back Andre Villas-Boas” What evidence is there that Levy is failing to back AVB?
    How is he failing to back AVB AGAIN. ?
    Opinions dressed up as fact are not elf fulfilling. The ego overcoming research or justification makes it a poor article. Obviously not for grown ups!!!

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    • A R EDGE
      1 year ago

      Forget about word play and whether DL backing AVB or not.The bottom line is we need a striker and fast.We have outplayed most teams but when we get near goal we fold and lack penetration.A thought.If we had a Suarez or Van Persie we would be challenging MU and MC,not worrying about Arsenal,Everton or even Chelsea.
      Forget about Adebayor,he is overrated and should be offloaded.Dempsey wont do it either.We here in SA will have to put up with watching Adebayor fall all over the place in the African Nations Cup.Levy is very astute and a good man for Spurs but he must surely realise we have to find money for a top striker by now.We cant always be hanging on by a thread for 4th spot when we have the rest of the squad capable of challenging for the title

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    • Sam Antrobus
      1 year ago

      AVB asked for Moutinho and Willian – he got served up Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey, the latter being a player that had no natural place in the formation he was looking to play. Please enlighten me as to how Levy backed him to the hilt during the summer.

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    • spuds4me
      1 year ago

      urm he failed to back avb by cocking up the moutinho transfer remember? he sold world class player in modric and vdv and replaced them with dumpsey and siggy; if that’s not failing to back your manager then I don’t know what is?
      good article,

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  • Cretin
    1 year ago

    sickof cretins;

    Please read the title of the article.

    That is all.

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  • are you paul merson author?
    1 year ago

    yawwwwwwwwwwwn… same old levy games and NOBODY ever nows if he is about to spend £100 mil or keep his pennies tucked away for the stadium..either way support what assets we do have and stop wingeing about the best era of football at white hart lane in 20 years!

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  • Spurs fan
    1 year ago

    If we fail in our attempt for a top four place there is only one person to blame…DANIEL LEVY. The guy is an idiot and a tight fisted one at that. We so desperately need a striker and a creative midfield player and have done for quite some time yet Levy still carries on looking for his basement bargains. Get Modric back. Offer him decent money and I’m sure he would love to get back to Spurs as he loved it here. Then go out and finally put a proper bid in for Dalmiao before we lose him to someone else. Get your effing finger out Levy.

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    • are you paul merson author?
      1 year ago

      how deluded are you? we don’t have the money or the success to just demand players of the highest calibre..modric ain’t ever leaving madrid without a fight and if he does he isn’t returning to us..AVB says Damiao ain’t happening and the player seemingly has no desire to leave his club. Just because sjy report it doesn’t mean its happening..in fact far from it!

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      • are you paul merson author?
        1 year ago

        Just because *sky

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      • Slug
        1 year ago

        Have to agree. The big problem seems to be that some fans seem to be labouring under the impression that the World’s best players are desperate to play for Spurs & the only thing stopping them is Levy’s tight fistedness. Absolute rubbish – Spurs have gone from mid table also rans to regular top 4 challengers under Levy & this summer’s “transfer debacle” saw the arrival of quality such as Lloris, Dembele & Vertonghen. Ok we didn’t get Moutinho & Willian – but what motivation is there to pass up on CL football for the Europa without being able to throw silly wages at them. In the circumstances I don’t think we did too badly in the summer & whilst I doubt we’ll see any World Class arrivals this window I trust AVB & Levy to do the best they can for the club.

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        • spuds4me
          1 year ago

          funny that I thought HR guided us to top 4/5 placings not levy?

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        • Sam Antrobus
          1 year ago

          Slug, no one is denying that the acquisitions of Lloris and Dembele were wise ones, but equally Villas-Boas was desperate for another attacking creating force and/or striker, yet he was served Clint Dempsey on deadline day. Now this isn’t to say that Dempsey has played his part this term, but he is a jack of both roles and a master of neither – still, Spurs have a weakness in both those aforementioned roles.

          If the money’s not there, few will expect us to spend what we don’t have, of course not. But the players that Villas-Boas has craved more than any other have yet to be signed. Levy hasn’t sold AVB down the river, but leaving your entire window’s business to the final week and bringing in a player (Dempsey) who fills no defined required role, is hardly debacle free.

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      • spuds4me
        1 year ago

        well its simples; either levy is bold and replaces the good players we lost with like for like, or we don’t qualify for CL. If we miss out again its solely down to him in my book. for chrisake he’ll get a marvelous financial return for finishing in top 4 so what’s he frigging worried about?

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        • Slug
          1 year ago

          spuds4me “funny that I thought HR guided us to top 4/5 placings not levy?”

          And Jol’s 2 5th place finishes – were they down to Harry too?

          Harry did a decent job but most of his better players were already at the club as a result of Levy’s policy of signing quality young players like Bale, Lennon, Modric, etc who blossomed under Harry. Signing quality players young & developing them is the only way a club like Spurs can hope to compete with the richer, regular CL clubs who can pick & choose the World’s best players who are generally beyond our means & usually only want to join regular CL sides.

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    • telboy822
      1 year ago

      Modric didn’t love it here. First he wanted away to Chelsea, then to where he is now

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  • spur1950
    1 year ago

    levys spending in the last 5yrs net is 500,000pounds it shows he has no interest in winning the league until then,AVB has to put up with second class forewards!!!!!!!!!

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    • are you paul merson author?
      1 year ago

      and in that time we have had 2 top 4 finishes and had some of the best players some supporters will have seen in their lifetimes..along with the promise of a new stadium too.. all doom and gloom innit..

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      • spuds4me
        1 year ago

        tell me it ain’t doom and gloom when we miss out on CL again cos levy wont add the extra players we need to solidify a top 4 finish, despite supposedly “missing” out on moutinho by 2 minutes (crap). Many spurs fans have become over confident following a run of good results recently against MEDIOCRE or POOR teams. Yet aside from one flukey win we haven’t beaten any of the top sides, that is not good enough and there’s no way this squad is strong enough for the second and hardest part of the season.

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  • telboy822
    1 year ago

    Get rid of Ade.he is a vastly overpaid waste of space

    Reply

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