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Will This Transfer Window Be One to Remember for Tottenham Hotspur?

white hart lane Will This Transfer Window Be One to Remember for Tottenham Hotspur?

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The 2010/11 season was a mixed bag for Tottenham Hotspur fans. Some of the more memorable highlights of the season included beating Milan in San Siro, Gareth Bale’s hat trick against inter, and coming back from 2-0 down at half-time at the Emirates to stun north London rivals Arsenal. This came as a bittersweet resolve as the failure of Spurs to make a top four finish in the Premier League resulted in settling for a spot in the Europa League.

Harry Redknapp considered the 2010/11 campaign better than 2009/10 and I must say that I wholeheartedly agree. Fans learned a lot about this team, which was stretched from all the injuries and additional matches that come with Champions League qualification. Though inconsistent, this team was able to hang with the best clubs in the world when healthy. How they do in this summer’s transfer market will depend on how well they can build off this season’s successes and learn from their mistakes.

Let’s examine each area of the pitch to see where Tottenham need a new injection of players, or not:

Midfield

The best aspect of this Hotspur team in 2011 was midfield. This midfield could stack up against any team when healthy. Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael Van Der Vaart put together great seasons. All three of them logged some time on the injury list at some point during the season. But these three did exceptionally well.

Bale was voted player of the year, which was hard to argue against after his amazing first half. At times, it seemed he could run forever. Van Der Vaart put together a great season, scoring 13 goals in 28 games and had 8 assists, which was good for most on the team in both categories. Modric’s season may not look amazing on paper, but he was very good at creating space and moving the ball through the midfield. As of now, he’s attracted a lot of interest from other clubs, including fourth place rival Manchester City. Harry Redknapp insists it’s essential to keep Modric. However, this may not be Redknapp’s decision and a large sum of money may sway the club to let him go.

Although Modric was a great playmaker, his sale could benefit the club if they were to replace him with the right players. Scott Parker has been strongly linked to Redknapp and Spurs. Though five years Modric’s senior, Parker was similar tactically on the pitch in being a playmaker. His pace may not be as great as Modric’s, which is fine given Spurs’ speedy left and right wingers of Bale and Lennon respectively. Parker is valued at £8 million by recently demoted sellers West Ham, which is still very reasonable for the 2011 Football Writer’s Association Footballer of the Year. I predict he goes for less. Parker could be a deep-lying midfielder and Van Der Vaart would play more up top as an attacking midfielder. Some have suggested Redknapp move Van Der Vaart instead of Modric due to his lack of pace not meshing with such a speedy midfield. While pace is important for a midfielder, Van Der Vaart was deployed as an attacking midfielder and sometimes a striker role during the 2011 campaign. His results speak for themselves and he seems to really enjoy White Hart Lane. A midfield of creative playmakers is equally important as speedy playmakers. Playing VDV up top with support behind from Parker and Sandro, while also getting support from speedy wingers Bale and Lennon could work really well.

Striker

A working midfield of both speedy and creative playmakers can make a striker’s job of scoring goals all that much easier. Despite having a top midfield, Tottenham strikers were inept at converting opportunities into goals. I can’t tell you how many times I watched the Tottenham midfield run all over the opposition only to get the ball to a striker who couldn’t convert. Jermain Defoe is the main culprit, despite a brilliant 2009/10 campaign in which he was a leading goalscorer. Selling him for a young, ambitious striker may just be what this club needs to break into the top 4.

I liked Pavlyuchenko’s grittiness and scoring prowess. He scored 9 goals in 18 games started and came on as a substitute 11 times. He scored twice against Birmingham in the last game of the season to prove that he belongs on this team. At 6’2″, he’s also a solid force in the air. Despite scoring an own goal against Man City and getting a red card in 15 minutes at the Bernabeu, we shouldn’t be looking to sell Peter Crouch either. He scored the game winner at San Siro and you would rarely see him lose an air challenge. Both Pavlyuchenko and Crouch will be valuable assets as substitutes and as starters in the many Europa League games Tottenham will be forced to play. This means Spurs are in desperate need of a legitimate striking force capable of playing many games. If Modric gets sold for a kings ransom to a team willing to overpay, Tottenham may be able to get a talented young striker. My guess is as good as any since Spurs are linked to almost every name under the sun. My hope is that we get someone with speed and creative instincts so that this midfield can properly do its job.

Defense

Spurs’ defense in 2011 was probably the least talked about. The back line was solid through and through despite injuries to players such as veteran Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Alan Hutton. Sandro and Wilson Palacios fit the defensive midfield mold, so they may be considered part of the defense as well. It seems as if Palacios will most certainly be sold. He rarely played and is being crowded out by Sandro and Danny Rose.

Dawson was great in the games he played. William Gallas proved that Wenger was wrong to sell him. Younes Kaboul proved his worth down the stretch as well. I am especially excited about the prospects of Danny Rose. Though a left midfielder on the youth squad, he’s taken to the left back role extremely well. He was on loan to a Championship team all season except for the last three games of the season. I was especially impressed by him in those games. He showed exceptional pace and skill against Manchester City and Liverpool. He could be a nice first team squad player in 2012.

Another young defender who might make an appearance is Kyle Walker, who was on loan at Aston Villa this season. He will likely start Europa League games. I like Tottenham’s depth on defense. Though, it couldn’t hurt to buy a cheap, young defender from the Dutch or Belgian leagues. If the defense can stay healthy, they should be very good.

Goalkeeper

Last but not least, there’s our goalkeeper situation. Gomes was possibly the worst EPL goalie in 2011. I don’t believe he was this bad. There’s a chance he gets sold. There’s also a chance he stays. Veterans Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini are going to be competing with him for full-time duty. Having three goalies that want full-time duties may be too many, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Gomes gets sold. Getting a top goalkeeper would cost way too much for an disproportional level of production.

I probably didn’t need to breakdown every position to conclude that this team needs a striker and maybe a defender. While I’d love to keep Modric, a big club offering big bucks may be too difficult to pass up. Scott Parker is an affordable midfielder who could fill a void left by Modric, which would give us extra money to get a striker and defender. If Redknapp and Spurs ownership can accomplish this, Tottenham should be right up there with the other top clubs for Champions League qualification in 2012/13. I wouldn’t count out a run at the title either if the other top teams play as poorly as they did in 2011.

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46 Responses to Will This Transfer Window Be One to Remember for Tottenham Hotspur?

  1. mickthemallet says:

    While I agree with some of your opinions ( I’m especially looking forward to seeing Kyle Walker taking his place at the Lane next season) the idea that selling Luka Modric to one of our (Champions League place) competitors is utter madness. Scott Parker is a fine player but he is nothing like Modric. Modric has the ability to find space on a premiership pitch. His ability to play the “killer” pass is matched only by Fabregas at Arsenal and possibly David Villa at City. Can you see either of those teams preparing to sell their creative drive to another premiership team? Thought not. While Nasri at Arsenal desires a move to Man Utd and there’s a strong possibility that he’ll leave the Emirates, Wenger has intimated that on no account will it be to another premiership club. Remember the tantrum Sir Alex threw when Gabriel Heinze wanted to move to Liverpool? I sincerely hope that Tottenham resist the short term benefits of a £35 million plus bid for Luka and concentrate on the long term rewards of consistent Champions League campaigns year after year. To achieve that we need the creative ability of the likes of Luka Modric.

    • Red says:

      I agree with your well written blog except your forgetting one thing..
      ‘arry stated Modric is not for sale.
      He had no intention to sell Modric but Sir Alex does what he does best and planted the seed in Modrics head that he would love to have him and is willing to triple his wage!
      Sooo it will be Modrics desision if he wants to go hence the reason ‘arry is lining up a replacement.
      The question is If Modric goes, is the Manu deal with Berbatov chucked in the best one for Spurs…I think so:)

  2. Trickybrkn says:

    While it will pain me to see Parker with football crapping bird on his chest, it’s probably the best move for him. But be warned… It won’t be cheaper then 8 mill. The David’s will be looking to cash in on Parker, as many of the players leaving the club are out of contract, and Parker will be one asset that they will try to sell high. Also keep in mind that the two said very vocally then they took over the Irons, that they would not sell to Spuds. Obviously times have changed, but don’t expect any favors…

    • dan says:

      being relegated doesn’t give West Ham such a good upper leg on selling for top price. sadly, selling Parker midseason would have been the best business knowing what we know today

  3. Jeff says:

    I’d love to have Modric for the coming years. Because we have such a strong midfield, selling him would give us enough money to spend in areas that would improve our club more than keeping him around. Unfortunately, Tottenham doesn’t have an unlimited checkbook like City.

    • AJ says:

      You may have a lot of talented midfielders, but you do not have a player with the type of ability as Modric. Touching the ball out of pressure and creating with passing is not something that Sandro, Huddlestone, or Jenas can match. Don’t get me wrong, I like the other midfielders, but Modric is th heart of the team. Take him out and you have a completely new team; one that I think is less dynamic.

  4. Gareth van der Sandro says:

    your a complete TW*t
    Parker as good as Modders? you must be English.
    We tend to way over rate our own.
    Not of the same class.
    Sorry I had to stop reading after that, the rest of it might have been brilliant, who knows.

    • james says:

      Hahaha thank you. Not many class playmakers like modric in the prem.. if modric is sold, use the money for more depth. no way to replace modric. harry will probably have to tweak the system. maybe move vdv to midfield and buy a new striker up top with defoe/crouch/pav.

  5. MennoDaddy says:

    Modric’s influence on this team can’t be underestimated. As stated, his stats don’t look very gaudy on paper, but he had a role in setting up the majority of the goals scored by Spurs this past season. He won’t score much for any team he’s on, but he’ll be involved in just about every goal in one way or another. I’ve rarely seen a more crafty attack-minded CMF.

    That said, I would welcome Scott Parker. With Palacios likely to go, Huddlestone still not back to his pre-injury form, and the emergence of Sandro, another solid playmaker behind Modric could be good. I see him as the kind of player Spurs supporters should welcome with open arms, whether or not he’s replacing a departing Luka Modric. Last season has proven that you can’t have too much depth in midfield.

    #weneedastriker

    The defense worries me a bit. Ledley might hang on another year but he cannot be counted on as a mainstay in the back 4. Woody is as good as gone. He’ll either retire or take a pay-for-play deal. Dawson is good, and while Gallas was immense last season he’s not getting any younger. Spurs desperately need some depth at CB for cover when the injuries hit (and they will). Rose’s emergence at LB will push Assou-Ekotto, which is a good thing. Corluka is fine at RB, if not pacey, but Kyle Walker should slot in nicely.

    So, all that said — Scott Parker + CB cover + 2 solid strikers (one of which whom can play alone up top in continental games) = VERY VERY good team and a return to the Champions League.

    COYS!

    • dan says:

      I’d like to see another RB as well. I liked Hutton but he was too inconsistent, a pacey RB to overlap with Lennon would just make us unstoppable.

      Gallas and Dawson made an excellent pairing but I agree that they aren’t getting younger. Wasn’t Khumalo our backup?

      • Matt says:

        what? none of this is true at all. first off, we have walker who is a pacy rb. secondly, we have seen time and time again that a pacy, attacking rb behind him almost never works (hutton or johnson for england).

        dawson is entering the prime of his career pretty much. khumalo is not exactly our backup, considering the order is probably:
        king
        dawson
        gallas
        kaboul
        bassong
        khumalo, or possibly corluka covering as a stop gap instead.

  6. Harry says:

    Seling Modric and replacing him with Parker would be utter madness. Modric has technical skills to match the best midfielders in the world. Parker is a decent English midfielder but when he goes up against international players he looks very ordinary. He woud be a good backup at Spurs.

  7. Nelson says:

    Selling Modric is surrendering. It would be acknowledging that Champions League football is not our goal. I hate the mentality of these big clubs thinking they can just poach our team. It would be fun to play there game and start some rumor gossip that Spurs want to reinforce their squad with one or two key players: Rooney, Tevez, Frank Lampard, John Terry or Chicharito. It’s sad to see teams like Everton and Villa getting poached. Let’s hope spurs doesn’t become an academy for Man U, City, or Chelsea.

    • MennoDaddy says:

      The problem with that line of thought is that everybody knows that Spurs can’t afford the wages for players like Tevez, Lampard, Rooney, etc. even if they could get them to come to WHL. So long as Levy is not willing to beggar the club for short-term gain (and he shouldn’t), then it’s no secret that Spurs won’t be in the running for many of those kinds of aging superstars in the twilight of their careers, unless they’re willing to make a major pay cut. And that’s a pretty hard sell.

  8. Keith says:

    I thought Gallas went to Tottenham for free. Wasn’t he a bosman?

  9. dan says:

    Great article! I agree almost 100%

    However I think we don’t need to sell Modric no matter the price since we have so many fringe players being sold for very good prices (Kranjcar, Palacios, Keane, Defoe, etc). I think the sale of these guys will definitely give enough funds to secure a world class striker, a young defender and perhaps another young up and coming striker. I agree about keeping Crouch and Pavy

  10. Jeff says:

    As the author of this article, let me clarify a few things. I never said Parker is as good as Modric or that I don’t like him as a player. I merely said that selling Modric would allow Spurs to become a Champions League caliber team because we could then go out and buy a good striker, Parker (who’s solid), and an extra defender.

    You guys need to understand that Tottenham doesn’t have an unlimited checkbook like Man City. Keeping Modric means that we would only be able to afford me at striker. If you think Kranjcar, Palacios, Keane, Defoe are going to pay for all that, you’re dreaming. Selling Vaart wouldn’t work because no one wants to overpay for him and he’s also a nice player. Just so you all know, if we could somehow keep Modric, I would be happy.

    • Matt says:

      selling our best player would not allow us to become a champions league caliber team, thats just retarded. we can’t attract world class players as it is. even if we can afford a 30m signing the player won’t come. he isn’t going to be any more likely to come when he sees that we are a selling club. we have to improve the squad to convince top players to come, not sell the ones we have off to randomly take punts at other expensive players that we can only hope match the quality of the ones we just sold.

  11. Jeff says:

    I also forgot to talk about Assou Ekotto, who was awesome this season.

  12. Gareth van der Sandro says:

    Listen Jeff,
    Yes at some point we are going to have to sell both Modric and Bale.
    Lets keep them together for at least another yr or 2.
    We can afford at 1 if not 2 top strikers thru money from sale of- krancjar 6, keane 5, ohara 5, bentley 7, palacios 10, gio 6, hutton 6, and if need be one of defoe, crouch or pavy 10,and more we can off load if the price is right hud, jj, etc…
    Those are conservative numbers and add up to at least 40M+
    Must keeps: modric, bale, sandro, lennon, thats the one area we are very very good. add a top quality to striker to that mifield plus we will have VDV, 2 out of 3 of Crouch, Defoe, Pavy and we’ll be a much improved side.

    • Jeff says:

      While selling all those guys would bring in funds, I doubt those players will be sold at the prices you value them at. Loaning some of them is a more realistic option. Defoe, Krancjar, Palacios, and Gio will realistically be sold. I don’t envision anyone wanting to buy Bentley outright.

      If we can keep Modric and afford a good quality striker, I’d be ecstatic. Based on what Redknapp’s been saying, I would say Modric staying is 50/50. Don’t forget that Tottenham is a business and after this upcoming season, new champions league financial fair play rules will go into effect. Though, I know Spurs were one of the few profitable clubs.

      • Gareth van der Sandro says:

        Ok so maybe we get a little less for them.
        Maybe…
        I personally think its difficult to find a decent premiership quality player for under 8M.
        We never do.
        On the other hand we are not in need of extra dosh.
        We all know at some point Gareth and Luka are leaving but now doesnt make sense.
        And all the players that people dont want to buy outright I keep.
        There all decent squad players.
        No problems selling – pavy,palacios, jj, gio, niko or defoe if needed.
        Ok Bentley might be diificult for anywhere near true value.
        SO keep him. you cannot find a replacement in the market plaece worth buying for under 8M.

        • Jeff says:

          Why would you sell Pavs? He proved his worth last year as a part-time player and played every game with rigor. He also doesn’t want to leave and wants to fight for a spot. Getting rid of Niko, Defoe, JJ, and Palacios are a given. Bentley will always be on loan somewhere. No team wants to commit that dough until he proves something.

          I don’t see the point in selling hutton. I like him a lot as a player and we could use that defensive depth. If you’re estimates are right, we’ll probably have enough for a middle-tier striker who might need time to adjust to the league. Or we could get a guy like Sturridge. Regardless, we aren’t going to get anyone who will definitely score for us for 20 million pounds. I do like the idea of getting a foreign striker, parker, and another defender while keeping modric.

          • AJ says:

            Pavy is a goal proacher…but thats it. Everyone goes on and on about his size but he never holds the ball. Any physical center back puts him on the turf 9 out of 10 times. His passing is poor as well. When was the goal you saw that came off of a play that he was part of the build up. He has a great shot but top class strikers provide more.

  13. Kevin says:

    If you think selling Modric and buying Parker and a striker will make Spurs a Champions League team again you’re wrong. Modric is twice the player Parker is and is more consistent. Yes, Spurs need to sell Defoe, Keane and either Crouch or Pavlyuchenko and bring in a top-class striker. But it would be madness to sell Modric and replace him with Parker.

  14. Cam says:

    The reason Spurs have one of the best midfields in the EPL is solely due to Modric. Without him, this team falls apart. I’d rather see Bale go. Spurs can win without him.

    • Jeff says:

      I do not agree. Modric is a great player, but he was not the main reason for their success. He was one of the reasons. For the money you could sell Modric for, think about what you could get in return. You could buy young midfielders in addition to parker. Modric is at the peak of his career. He’s not going to get any better.

  15. dan says:

    Most of the conclusions above are logical, and familiar to Spurs fans. You might have mentioned the long list of players under contract who should be shipped out, including Gio Dos Santos, Bentley, Keane, Bassong, Hutton, Krajnar (unfotunately), Palacios (possibly), O’Hara, and perhaps one or two others. There is 50-60 million there, so there is no reason to see Modric for less than 40, or 30 and a top player, and by top I don’t mean Berbatov.

    More to the point, replacing Modric with Parker will send an unmistakable signal to teams that Bale can be had as well. Harry must keep Modric another year, and Levy must use that year to find a manager who is better able to utilize the talents of continental players.

  16. pete says:

    Spurs best signing this summer will be getting walker into the right back slot, no money needed. This kid is going to be special, a right sided ashley cole. Parker wont be instead of modric, he’ll be bought to play along side him. Parker does the enforcer role and moric the deep sitting playmaker scholes type. should be good for spurs fans if it turns out that way

  17. dustparticle says:

    It’s good to see passionate debate about my spurs even if most of it is in a drug fueled daze. Pav proved his worth? what? Pav is a joke of a striker, the amount of missed chances, lack of effort, poor control, him an palacios have to go. Moderic is the silent engine for spurs,I don’t think that everything he does is appreciated, (e.g…his movement of the ball to draw players attention away from the flow or development of an attack) The club needs a new ground to take advantange of the 25000 fans on a waiting list for season tickets, it’s not just that tho, its the mentality of the chairman and Harry.

    Levy (who ran rangers) and spurs controlling group who have shares in 4 other clubs in europe are happy to run it as a business not a side that wants to win the premier league title. There has to be financial risk if you are going to win the biggest prize in english football, you can mange financial risk without sinking the club and I think that club makes consistent good money, and that is Levy’s deal, thats what he cares about most.

    He is not going to take a risk and say over the next 5 years let’s invest in the players to put us in a potion to win the premier league. All this lets aim for champions league football is crap. You think Fergie, Wenger, the Ruski, Daglish or man city ownership wake up thinking lets aim for 2nd or 3rd or fourth or even “lets get into the Champions League”? NO! they aim for the top, to win the premier league!

    The Champions League is just a byproduct of not achieving their goal of winning the league. Harry is also guilty of this lack of ambition, the best season the clubs has had, really harry? coz spurs haven’t finished 5th in the league and had a good cup competition in the last 8 years? I believe Jol got us to a similar position. This whole lack of ambition from ownership and manager is what stops players coming to WHL. As a life long fan I want my statements above to be proved wrong, I just don’t think levy and harry can do that. (don’t even get me started on moving form the Lane) — Rant over

    • Jeff says:

      Good points. I know Modric is one of our best. I just don’t think you guys are giving our other guys enough credit. Harry calls him irreplaceable at the going rate for him. If some team comes in and offers in the 50 mill range, maybe he won’t be so irreplaceable.

      But perhaps you are right about champions league and winning the league. Neither of the other big clubs are profitable like tottenham. So maybe we need to start running a deficit to compete. Hopefully, new financial fairplay rules will get those big clubs to start having more reasonable signings.

      • Gareth van der Sandro says:

        Obviously if someone offers us 50M quid for Modric he’s going.
        But once again Jeff I think you miss the point, just like your saying about only getting a 2nd tier striker for 20ish M. Who are we gonna get to replace Modders without spending big money???? Parker? waste of money, good player yes, wrong side of 30 not in Moddders class, would be a nice squad player for us.
        On to Pavy, he is the 2nd tier striker your talking about. Lavy, often uninterested and some weeks a heck of a goal scorer, just not often enough. I would just like us to buy one that has power, pace, desire and an eye for goal.
        A better than average striker with a bit of confidence and abilty to take on a player would score loads of goals in this team.

        • Jeff says:

          Pavs is fine and can play europa league games. A top striker like Giuseppe Rossi is only going to come for big bucks.

  18. MennoDaddy says:

    With Modric, it’s not a matter of IF he’s going to leave Spurs, it’s WHEN. Until Spurs can build a new stadium that is the size and scope equivalent to Old Trafford, Emirates, City of Manchester, etc. there will always be greener grass on the other side of the fence. Modric could stay for the duration of his contract, but then he’ll likely go elsewhere… and on a free.

    I don’t personally hold to this, but there’s an argument that you sell Modric now when his stock is at its highest and cash in. I’d rather get back to the CL next season and THEN maybe sell Modric, as we’d be in a much better position to attract a replacement for his position via the lure of Champions League football.

    • Jeff says:

      Finally, someone who sees my point in cashing in on Modric while he’s still regarded as Tott’s best midfielder. If we sell him for 40-50 million pounds to ManU, we will have that money to buy Rossi and some young center mid and scott parker and perhaps more.

      I know champions league would help us attract players, but plenty of players around international football see tottenham as a team on the upswing. We’re one of the more exciting teams to watch and play for, which definitely counts for something.

  19. MennoDaddy says:

    I didn’t say I agreed with it. I said there’s an argument for it. Without Champions League we’ll have a hard enough time attracting top talent to Spurs, irregardless of selling our best player to finance it.

    • Jeff says:

      I don’t agree. Look at Adebayor, a guy who played against spurs with arsenal, city, and real madrid. Spurs are an up and coming team who will be in champions league soon enough. You guys say Modric is the best player. I say it’s Bale, though Modric is probably 2nd. Bale also hasn’t peaked. He’s just beginning to tap into his full potential. Modric isn’t going to get better than he was this year. Some of the best deals are the ones that make people scratch their heads at the time. Look at Man City, they spend top dollar for every player they don’t need, like Adebayor, Robinho, Tevez, etc. We are smarter than that.

      • MennoDaddy says:

        Yeah, and we can’t afford Adebayor’s wages either. That’s the point you’re missing here — it’s not just transfer fees. We’ve also got to pay the player’s wages. And so long as Levy isn’t willing to beggar the club we won’t get those guys.

        Until a new stadium is built, Spurs’ success in the league is contingent on acquiring — and holding on to — good young players who don’t demand £100,000/wk wages.

  20. Jeff says:

    We don’t want Adebayor, but my point was that these guys want to play for spurs. Adebayor could be alright if he plays well to spite City and Arsenal. I know we don’t pay large wages. I’ll put it to you this way. Is modric going to sell for more now or more later? You suggest keeping him until we make champions league and then we can attract big names. I’m saying we can attract big names now as long as we are paying good money.

    Modric is still under contract for 4 more years, something I didn’t factor in when writing this article. However, if United throws enough money at Tottenham, it may be too much to refuse.

  21. Jim says:

    This is clueless:

    Parker is not a playmaker, he’s a good destroyer. Crouch is generally awful in the air and repeatedly beaten, it takes 10 lumps before the defender isn’t able to jump and then he can stand and knock it down. Sometimes it works but unless it is the last ten minutes and they are camped it’s an awful general strategy. He brings little else, maybe useful to keep for such situations however.

    You are assuming Modric is gone, which is presumtous to say the least. The likelyhood is he will stay as we don’t want to sell and he is a top lad who won’t sulk who is happy to be part of a team that is still developing and can still match his ambitions.

    Gomes the worst keeper in the EPL is total nonsense as well. He had some clangers but overall he’s still a good keeper and better than most in the epl who wouldn’t save half the shots he does. People overeact to clangers and lose all perspective, he’s been competent in nearly all games and saved us countless more times than he’s had a clanger.

    Bad article full of inaccurate comments.

    • Jeff says:

      I said Gomes was last year. I don’t think he is as bad as he played though.

      It seems that United and Chelsea aren’t going to spend 40 mil for Modric, so I guess he is staying after all. I expected these guys, and City, to offer more. It was speculation, not inaccurate.

      • Jim says:

        Well you were talking like Modric was already gone. While there is a chance of that it is a long way from probable.

        And my comments are also in relation to Gomes last year. It wasn’t his best year but overall people have had a major overeaction to the high profile errors and lost all perspective on what is still a good keeper.

        There are few better keepers around, but its not Friedal, even though he would be steadier. I don’t want steady I want the better keeper, which is Gomes. The amount of shots saves and the presence he has is really top notch. The moments of madness do depreciate him but from world class to good, not from world class to awful like most people make out. That is total bollocks and just an overeaction with no balance to it.

        If we want a keeper, and I agree with you that is about the 4th priority after two strikers and a midfielder, then we should go after Given, Boruc or Schwarzer, not a player that is inferior or at best equal to Gomes and aged 40. Or Cudicini who was a good keeper but is now washed up and weak in goal. Over a season Cuda would be significantly weaker than Gomes and barely prem standard based on his spurs performances so far.

        • Jeff says:

          Given recent comments by Modric, it’s safe to say my article is more relevant. Parker+a young south american/fringe league midfielder will do.

  22. Jim says:

    You didn’t know that at the time though, ;). Still far from certain he will go anyway. I would still back him staying. If he goes Levy will fleece them for 50 million, but I still think we are adament he isn’t going and like Fabregas he will have to recommit at his current club and see if it progresses as promised.

    A few good signings should make him more positive about staying, at least for the time being to see if we can match his ambitions.

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