Tottenham’s Technical Director Franco Baldini has come under fire recently for missing out on some top transfer targets, more notably Danny Welbeck on deadline day.
The new Arsenal ace was on the hit list for rivals Tottenham and Levy will not be happy to see that the striker decided to join his club’s most bitter rivals instead, especially considering the lack of fire power at the club at present.
Baldini has missed out on a host of transfer targets for Spurs this summer, having been linked with Loic Remy and Wilfried Bony before Welbeck, and it leaves the striking options looking quite bare with Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado only managing nine goals between them last season while Adebayor made up the numbers with a further 11.
Having lost one of their better strikers in Jermain Defoe, you would have thought that the up-most priority would have been to replace him and offer the Spurs squad a much more potent firing line to achieve the Chairman’s ambition of qualifying for the Champions League. But, after spending in the region of £100 million last summer on a squad that didn’t gel well and had a lot of problems scoring goals, two managers were made to pay the price. But after all of that, a striker still hasn’t been signed and you have to ask whether it is in fact the Italian is the one that should be shown the door instead.
Welbeck, who scored nine goals for Man United last season, would have been a bargain at £16 million and could have offered the depleted Spurs front line some much needed fire power and a different style of attack.
And while Welbeck often criticised, he is still a much better striker than Soldado, who has struggled to find the net since his arrival from Spain despite all the promise of him being a prolific striker.
Some evidence points to some successful recruitment, with the likes of Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela all currently proving their worth at White Hart Lane, while they have some very good and promising players who do add a lot to the current squad of players. But it still does not explain why they have not tied down a deal for at least one more striker and, if you look at the other teams who are competing for a top four finish this season, you will see that they have all strengthened in that department.
Look at their closest rivals Everton. They took advantage of free agent Samuel Eto’o and threw money at Romelu Lukaku to ensure he stayed at the club on a permanent basis. It is no secret that, if you do not strengthen where you are weak, you will struggle, and I think that Tottenham are going to struggle this season when it comes to scoring goals. That is especially in the vital games against bigger teams where the odd goal will decide where the three points end up. Some of those six pointer games could be the difference between a top four finish – and the financial rewards that come with it – or another season of Thursday night Europa League football which for Levy would be another massive blow.
For me, Baldini simply isn’t the right man to make the big decisions on recruitment at White Hart Lane any more and if the Chairman is thinking the same then it could spell the end for the Italian as Spurs’ Technical Director.
If you are going to employ a Technical Director the it needs to be done with the right type of people who will all pull together as a team and agree on what needs to be done to ensure the recruitment of players are well thought out. Franco Baldini’s job hangs in the balance because he failed to secure the services of a top English striker who joined their rivals on transfer deadline day, and it could well prove to be a costly mistake.