FanCast guest columnist Clive Baker feels that Harry
shouldn’t look to waste valuable resource on Glen Johnson.
Normally you can pinpoint Spurs’ weaknesses, understand
the areas that need to improve, however I’m left somewhat bemused as to why we
are continually linked with moves for full-backs; I mean is this really an area
that needs addressing?
One look at our squad and you can forgive the neutral
for thinking that we in fact have an embarrassment of riches in that area, especially
on the right and yet a £10m summer move for Glen Johnson is seemingly gathering
pace. With Alan Hutton, Vedran Corluka and Pascal Chimbonda at his disposal
then a move for the Pompey star seems somewhat baffling to say the least,
especially when he is not overly better than what we have already got. If
rumours are true that money will be tight in the transfer market, then surely
it is an expense that we can do without.
Likewise on the left hand side we have been linked with
Aly Cissokho who has joined the likes of Taiwo as potential transfer targets to
fill a so called weakness in our side. Maybe I’m alone in thinking that Benoit
Assou-Ekotto has been an absolute revelation this season and one of our better
players, but I haven’t seen anyone give him a roasting this season. Going
forward he is excellent and why his final ball can let him down at times there
is no question that he is not a decent full-back. Gareth Bale in reserve has by
no means become a bad player overnight and although this season hasn’t gone to
plan, you would be foolish to write him off so soon.
So are we really in the market for full backs or is
it simply ill informed papers just making rumours for the sake of it? As much
as I rate Johnson I don’t think he is worth £10m or is any better than someone
like Hutton, who looked extremely impressive the other week. Corluka has been
solid all season and we all know what Chimbonda is capable of. That sort of
money would be better spent in finding a long term solution for Ledley King or
one of the other voids within our team. There is an old saying that ‘if it ain’t
broke then don’t fix it’, wise words indeed and more than applicable in this