The Lilywhites’ victory has guaranteed a minimum of the much coveted fourth Champions League spot, with a slight chance of overtaking bitter enemies Arsenal on the final day of the season.
The club’s success has brought good feeling to White Hart Lane and the threat of relegation last season before Redknapp took over the helm seems a distant memory, but nobody could have predicted such success so soon despite the fact that Spurs have been touted as possible challengers for the so-called ‘top four’ in the past.
But Liverpool’s sharp decline and the failure of billionaires Manchester City has opened the door for Redknapp’s side and it makes them much more likely to hold onto their best players (Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon etc) as well as opening up a plethora of options for them in the transfer market.
Had the Citizens claimed the extra Champions League place then their billions and the pull of UEFA’s most prominent competition would have made it very difficult for the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton to compete with them next term. Now City will have to settle for the Europa League and probably will not be able to attract a better class of player than they currently have amongst their ranks.
Although the Lilywhites do not have the pure power of the buck that City possess, they have Champions League football, which makes them far more likely to attract top quality players.
Last month it looked like Joe Cole would most likely make a move to Old Trafford should he decide to leave Chelsea and become this summer’s most desired free agent, but considering their qualification into Europe’s top-flight cup competition the Blues’ midfielder may opt for a stay in London and possibly a better chance of a first XI spot.
Another player who Spurs should be interested in is Craig Bellamy, who is allegedly disillusioned with life at Eastlands and was all smiles as he congratulated ‘Arry on his victory after Wednesday night’s crucial decider. Redknapp had the Welshman on his wish-list once before when the striker was at West Ham, but he claimed he was ‘bullied’ by Manchester City’s bucks and missed out on him.
A shock return to White Hart Lane for Michael Carrick has also been mooted as the English midfielder has found himself sidelined at Old Trafford following a less than impressive season for Manchester United. The Red Devils may give the 28-year-old another chance, but his future has become increasingly uncertain and he has taken a fair amount of criticism from a section of the fans. Should Spurs come up with the right price they are likely to get their man and some reports suggest the club will go on a £40m spending spree to bolster their squad.
Potential new signings are promising, but Redknapp also deserves credit for getting the best out of his players and has reinvigorated the likes of Heurelho Gomes, David Bentley, Modric and Bale. The aforementioned have had a few down points in their individual Spurs careers as Gomes was suffering a severe lack of confidence when Redknapp arrived and Bale was ‘cursed’ as he played so many games without a win, but the Spurs gaffer has instilled a winning belief in his players and the White Hart Lane faithful will hope it continues.
Tottenham still have plenty of work ahead of them and have yet to qualify for the Champions League proper, but they’ve taken a significant step in their development.
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