Since the final whistle blew at Eastlands on May 5th, Tottenham fans were licking their lips at the prospect of talent that would join the club due to their Champions League status. Nearly three months have since passed and the most mentioned possible signings of Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker are anything but tasty.
But the lack of players entering the front door of White Hart Lane disguises perhaps the biggest plus of the pre-season period, the nullity of those leaving from the exit.
In recent times, Spurs have failed to keep hold of their best players, the likes of Michael Carrick, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov all left in search of more likely success with ‘bigger’ clubs. The past season’s achievement however has raised the north-Londoners to a platform where they can prepare for the new season without the fear of having to replace the key members that got them there.
Stability is craved by every club but is becoming increasingly harder to achieve due to the trend of aiming for instant success. Tottenham on the other hand, are showing (for once) that they are on the right track. None of the first team has been linked with moves away from the club; even faint whispers of Luka Modric to Manchester United and Gareth Bale to Inter Milan were quashed as soon as they appeared.
Harry Redknapp has shown he has faith in his current squad and has every right to. With one of the lowest average age squads in the Premier League and strength in depth in nearly every position, this Spurs squad is growing and improving, together, with each step it takes.
Seeing rivals Arsenal being pestered for their captain and Liverpool having to sell their anchor man plus still unsure of their goal machine’s future while silly Spurs have their feet up with no such worry is something that no fan could have written a year ago.
Written By Andrew Vou