In the week where Tottenham confirmed the controversial signing of William Gallas, it is another former Chelsea and Arsenal player that Spurs are after, but this time there cannot be any split opinions
Lassana Diarra has been told he can leave Real Madrid and his former boss Harry Redknapp is keen to add him to his current Spurs squad as they prepare to embark on their first ever UEFA Champions League adventure. Despite the addition of Brazilian starlet Sandro to an already strong center midfield, it is clear that Redknapp is keen to bring in one more before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month after also declaring interest in West Ham’s Scott Parker
When comparing Diarra to Parker, it is like having the option to buy a Porsche cheaper than a Ford Focus. £15million for a player that gets credit from the media simply due to what it says next to ‘nationality’ on his passport is ludicrous compared to £9million for someone of Diarra’s quality. But wait a second I hear you cry, Parker is a good, competitive old fashioned midfielder. But then again if you were dating a girl who was not the most pleasant on the eye would you say you that or would you say she has a wonderful personality? A “good, competitive old fashioned midfielder” is just a nicer way of saying “not a great player but works hard”, but enough about Parker.
When Real Madrid signed ‘Lass’ in January 2009 for £20million, Spurs and all of the other teams who wanted him thought that there chance was gone as he would go on to become a Madrid icon, when he became their player of the season in just six months those thoughts were seemingly confirmed. But we all should have known better with Real Madrid being the notorious talent-wasters; they made the same mistake with Claude Makelele and Esteban Cambiasso which took them until they signed Diarra to find such an able holding midfielder… and they are about to do it again
Similarly, Wilson Palacios joined Spurs at the same time as he joined Real and had an instant impact, winning over his new supporters and teammates with some pulsating performances. The Honduran added to Spurs what they had been missing for a number of years, determination, bite and a genuine presence in midfield. The Champions League dream would not have been possible without his contribution and must be acknowledged but his dip in form in the last half of the season plus Luka Modric’s superb displays alongside Tom Huddlestone in the big games means that he is no longer a guaranteed starter.
Looking at Spurs’ strength in that position it would be wrong to sign anyone, unless they were signing a world class player, and that is exactly what they would be getting with Diarra. One of the best in his position, impeccable at recuperating the ball and knows how to build up play from deep positions. He is not just the new Makelele, I genuinely believe he is his clone.
A problem stated by Redknapp was that his wages could be a problem in reaching an agreement as he earns around £110,000 a-week but this is a player whose normal value is double the suggested £9m Real are asking, that saving alone should be worth meeting his wage demands.
An opportunity not to be missed for Tottenham, a player whose impact would improve the team greatly. Now to sign a top class striker, Adebayor anyone?
Written By Andrew Vou