I am shocked by some negativity hanging over Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. With the club sitting just three points off of the Champions League places with a game in hand and on fantastic form surely they should be favourites to steal that fourth Champions League spot for the second time in three years ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool.
Yesterday Roman Pavlyuchenko slated manager Harry Redknapp for failing to select him after praising his form and now defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto believes the club will fail if they don’t spend big this year. Having been worryingly quiet in the transfer market this summer, Redknapp managed to bring in Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor and more importantly hold on to his key players that have started the season well.
With Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart firing up front and Parker and Luka Modric combining in midfield, the first eleven is looking very strong. There is a lack of strength in depth at White Hart Lane but that does not seem to be affecting the results on the pitch with five wins in six games moving Spurs up the league to fifth.
Left back Assou-Ekotto, has urged the club to offer new, improved contracts to van der Vaart, Modric and Gareth Bale to prevent them leaving the club in the near future. Modric was persuaded to stay at Spurs in the summer by chairman Daniel Levy after Chelsea came in three times to buy the Croatian. With a current contract not set to expire until 2016 and the club rejecting a £40million bid in the summer, surely he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Bale has also stated his confidence in Spurs going forward, and is in no rush to move on; however Real Madrid and Inter Milan are interested in the Welsh winger. Van der Vaart has started to score goals again, playing in his favoured attacking midfield position and may attract interest in January or the summer.
Assou-Ekotto told the Evening Standard: “If we want to become great, the club have to do certain things differently so as to match what the top teams do in a financial sense. Since we qualified for the Champions League, we can say, yes, we have become a big team.
“Now, to become like Chelsea or Manchester United, we need to keep the same team for the next couple of years and make everyone happy to stay, rather than being in the situation we were with Luka Modric during the summer.
“There’s a lot to be excited about at Spurs now with the new training ground and maybe a new stadium. It feels like the future could be really good for the fans but if the players don’t stay, we could end up like Aston Villa. Instead of being able to build on what they had, players ended up leaving Villa, so I hope Tottenham will make the right steps.”
Is Assou-Ekotto right to be worried or have Tottenham shown their ambition over the summer in rejecting a £40million for a player and now showing the rewards on the pitch looking very impressive?