Tottenham fans may loathe Frank Arnesen but his legacy still lives on at White Hart Lane. It was his approach in the transfer market that has propelled Tottenham from a struggling mid table team to challenging for the top four. With a new stadium set to be built, Spurs need to find way to invest in talent as well as pay for the new stadium. Bringing Fran Arnesen back into a position of power at the lane may upset a few fans, but for the long term future of Tottenham it would be an extremely wise move.
Look at the legacy that Arnesen still to this day has at Tottenham. Frank Arnesen purchased Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon five years ago and they are now first choice players for the club. To have such an impressive legacy five years on is testament to his abilities to spot young talent, something Spurs need to seriously think about. As well as buying specific players, Arnesan gave Tottenham a model to follow and it was worked out fantastically for them. The purchases of Gareth Bale and David Bentley came from this philosophy that Arnesan set out, and although David Bentley hasn’t made the grade at Tottenham, Gareth Bale is fast becoming one the the best young talents in world football.
His record is there for all too see, and we don’t need to go into too much detail about it. However, it is important to note the work he did at PSV. Tottenham have to accept that not every player they bring in will make the grade so they need to retain sell on value. At the same time, if somebody comes in with a too good to refuse offer for a player like Gareth Bale, most clubs have to sell. This is exactly what he did at PSV. He brought in Jaap Stam, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben who all had big transfers to England. He did his job well. Tottenham are not a selling club but Frank Arnesen has a history of maintaining market value in youngsters.
The positives are the for all to see but how would it go down with Harry Redknapp. Would he be able to accept a new man coming in and taking some responsibility in the transfer market. Redknapp is an old school manager and has expressed his frustrations with the director of football role. Frank Arnesen would not have this role, but you can see where the problem lies. However, there are going to be limited finances at Tottenham over the coming years and if there is a way to increase the quality in the squad and continue to invest in the stadium, Tottenham should think very carefully about offering Arnesen a return to White Hart Lane.
The role has seen massive successes and Tottenham fans should be open to the idea. Sure Damien Comolli and Frank Arnesen’s reputations at White Hart Lane have taken a battering but their records speak for themselves. Arnesen was hugely successful in his one season at Tottenham. In Damien Camolli’s case, during his time, Spurs had some clear successes: Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent, Didier Zokora and Jonathan Woodgate. He also brought in Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka in the summer before he left, players of evident quality. Bale is fast becoming a star at Tottenahm, Gomez is showing he is a very good goalkeeper and Benoit Assou-Ekotto has become first choice left back. His record in the transfer market is impressive.
Tottenham need a a bigger stadium to compete with Manchester United and Arsenal in terms of match day revenue, but at the same time need to continue to invest in quality players. They will not be able to spend a vast amount of money in the next five years or so – so why not look into bringing Arnesen back to Tottenham. Whatever you might think of Frank Arnesen or Damien Comolli, has the position itself not proved its usefulness? Tottenham need someone to think about the next five years, Arnesen is the man for the job.