New Football FanCast columnist Dan Rawlings feels that calls for Harry Redknapp to strengthen Spurs with player X, Y and Z in January, are slightly premature.
Tottenham fans are ones who generally strive for perfection and who are extremely judgmental of its own players; who can go from being our saviour to our biggest hindrance in a matter of weeks. I have to admit that I am just as guilty as most of writing off players if they don't yield instant results, however this summer's performance in the transfer market has opened my eyes to the fact that there is a lot to be said for some stability and keeping faith with the current squad.
The proof of the pudding has been our excellent start to the season and despite our best one in years, I have noticed reading blogs and other message boards that there is still a clamour from Spurs supporters to go out and buy X, Y and Z in order to improve this and that. Whether it be David James in goal, a new centre half, the signing of a Scott Brown in midfield, or another centre forward, there seems to be unrest that we haven't got what is required to be able to challenge the top four. Don't get me wrong the squad is by no means perfect, but aren't we a little premature in thinking we need to make significant changes; it is not as if the current isn't doing well at present – if results are showing that what we have isn't broken, then does Harry really need to fix it; I mean is David James honestly any better than Gomes or Cudicini?
I know the clamouring for expenditure in January is simply down to us all being desperate to see our club play Champions League football, but we have to accept that even by our high standards that this season (Harry's first full one at the helm) is one for consolidation after what has been two topsy-turvy years. Although the media are trying to paint a different picture and are building us up, we mustn't buy into it and accept that this is a season for Redknapp to assess the capabilities of the squad before making a conscious effort to build a squad next summer that will be able to challenge for the Champions League going forward. A top six finish must surely be the realistic target this season…isn't it?
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