Tottenham have the best squad that they have ever had in recent memory, certainly in the Premier League era, and possibly beyond that. They have already been the victim of injuries this season, and seem to be coping despite the competitions they are involved in (perhaps the exit in the Carling Cup is a good thing in the long run?), because of the number of quality players that now ply their trade at White Hart Lane.
At the absolute minimum, this Spurs side is a top six club, anything below that should be deemed a failure. The squad they have is capable of finishing in the top six without making any more improvements, even next summer there wouldn’t have to be wholesale changes; when a team reaches this status there should never have to be an overhaul, just gradual improvements. This now becomes the necessity, because for Spurs to make the next step, the improvements must be done off the pitch, or more precisely, on a new one.
When released, the plans and photos of the new stadium were exciting; they created a lot of buzz, and were a signal of the club’s intent to try and compete at a higher standard. Although it has since hit stumbling blocks, the club should eventually be in a new home, and this will help them progress. This development will all be for long-term gain, and during the transition, Daniel Levy may well have to cut back on Redknapp’s pocket money.
Everyone loves a new signing, but few more than Harry Redknapp. Transfer window time is when the man comes into his own. Renowned and revered for his tactical awareness and man-motivation, it is his dealings in the transfer market that are, and will be, remembered. Even he must be happy with the squad he has at the moment? But both Redknapp, and the Spurs fans, must now realise that there may have to be a few years of thriftiness.
Too many clubs have, or are, suffering from being over-ambitious, or neglecting to run their clubs in a financially sound way. Spurs are on the brink of cementing their status with the big boys, and the last thing they want is to ‘do a Leeds’ and push things over the brink, to then plummet if things don’t work out as quickly as anticipated. The increase in average attendances and season-ticket sales, as well as the huge revenue generated from naming rights of the stadium, will see an increase in the turnover at Spurs. Levy has already declared that the naming rights will have to happen for the project to go ahead and once those things are in place, they can then afford to make bigger moves in the transfer market.
It is definitely worth (and Spurs fans will not want to hear this) the club looking at their neighbours to see how they conducted themselves during their transition from old to new. Arsenal’s move to The Emirates was achieved so successfully, and almost effortlessly, partly due to their transfer policy and wage structure. The fact that the club weren’t spunking outrageous fees on players, and had a firm grip on weekly outgoings, meant that as much risk as possible involved in building a new stadium was eliminated. Spurs should take note.
Looking from the outside, it is easy to tell Spurs fans to be patient, far easier than them carrying out that patience, but a tightening of the purse strings may be in order to ensure the club doesn’t dig itself a massive hole. It will obviously be hard to see, as Man City spend enough for everyone, but once the work is complete, it will help pay for the next rung on the ladder to be climbed. In the meantime, they must try to maintain their current standards to give them the base to launch from.
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