squarefootball  Squarefootball football cartoon, by Antony Melvin
He Should Do Well: Yassin Moutaouakil (Cha...
Frank Rijkaards Jigsaw Puzzle
Manchester City – Are good times on their ...
  Eng: ARS | AVI | BLA | BOL | CHA | CHE | EVE | FUL | LIV | MCY | MNU | MID | NEW | POR | RED | SHU | TOT
 | WAT | WHU | WIG : BIR | SUN | WBA :: Sco: ABE | CEL | DDU | DUN | FAL | HEA | HIB | ICT | KIL | RAN | MOT
 | STM : GRE :: Esp: BAR | MAD | SEV | VAL | VIL :: Ita: MIL | CHV | INT | JUV | LAZ :: Deu: MUN 
:: Ned: AJX | FEY | PSV
rss   site map

Team Sorted

Tottenham Hotspur: Are Spurs Wasting their Money?


Paul Grech

As a young kid, Paul Grech got used to hearing ‘oh no, not him’ when the others found out that he would be playing on their team. He quickly took the hint that he was crap at football. Hopefully, he’s a bit better at writing about it....
[full biography]
25/06/2007 08:00:00.
read: 4786 times.

It might seem harsh to criticize the transfer strategy of a club that in recent years has shrewdly signed up Aaron Lennon, Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick and Michael Dawson for virtually next to nothing, or who believed in Dimitar Berbatov when the rest of the Premiership thought they were paying an inflated fee for a wasteful striker.

Yet Tottenham’s insistence in pursuing Darren Bent seems odd nevertheless. And not because of the transfer fee involved.

That Bent is an immensely talented striker is in no doubt – even though there does seem to be some skepticism about this - and the fact that he rejected West Ham’s highly lucrative contract because he wanted to join a club capable of immediately challenging for the honours has to be a huge point in his favour. Ambition, in an era where greed dominates, is a rare and highly appreciable value.

In virtually any other side in the Premiership, Bent would be a great addition. But not at Tottenham who not only have the sublime Berbatov but also Robbie Keane and Jermaine Defoe. Unless they’re getting ready to sell one of those three or Marin Jol is preparing to play more than two up front, adding Bent will only result in a headache for the manager who will end up with one – and possibly more – unhappy players at the lack of playing time they’re getting.

Attack is not an area they need to improve, certainly not one where they have to throw so much money at.

For Tottenham have more pressing needs. The left of midfield, for instance, remains a major issue and one that caused a lot of worries last term. With left sided players being so thin on the ground, they will have to spend heavily if they are to register an improvement next season.

Then there is the centre of midfield. No real replacement has been bought for Carrick as the combination of Tom Huddlestone and Didier Zokora might offer a lot more defensive qualities but the side has missed his vision.

Last season also exposed how vulnerable Spurs are to injuries. Any side would struggle to contain the number of missing players that Jol had to contend with last year but a bigger squad with more quality in depth would have helped handle the situation better.

With Thierry Henry leaving Arsenal, this might be the perfect year for Tottenham to break into the top four. For that to happen, however, they mustn’t waste money on players they have no real need for.

Latest article feedback


The only thing here is the player's decision saying; I want to join a club capable of immediately challenging for the honours. I ask, bent why not go and join chelsea,leverpool/man u? Becos there you'll get what you need immediately. So what i say is you either go to one of this no matter the amount or go to any other club that will pay higher amount spurs,west h or any other club. Take the right decision bent you know best. Is left for you. Please any body that knows bent email should send him this feedback. Thanks


...all feedback for this article

Add your feedback

Your name
Your email
Article score
(0 - bad; 10 - great)

Click Here to shop at eBay.co.uk


Arsenal: Wenger was right to axe Henry
Four Reasons Why Arsenal Can Survive Henry’s Departure
An Arsenal return for Anelka would make sense

Aston Villa
Aston Villa: Summer 2007 Transfer Targets
Aston Villa Season Review 2006/07

Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers: Summer 2007 Transfer Targets
Blackburn- Just 68 Days to the Intertoto
International Rescue Could Aid Mccarthy’s Chelsea Ambitions

Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers: Transfer Targets Summer 2007

Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic: Season Review 2006/07
Charlton’s Championship Stay Should Be A Short One
Charlton Pay The Price For Post-Curbishley Panic

Michael Essien- The Modern Utility Man
Chelsea: Transfer Targets June 2007
Chelsea Season Analysis 2006/07

Everton; Season Review 2006/07
Who Gets The UEFA Cup Places?
Fulham: Summer 2007 Transfer Options
Fulham; Season Review 2006/07


Forget The Price, Benayoun Is A Good Buy for Liverpool
Odds tumble on Thierry Henry joining Liverpool
Liverpool Season Review 2006/07

Manchester City
Manchester City – Are good times on their way back for City?
Manchester City; Sven and the Blue Moon on a stick
Chris Coleman the latest favourite for the Manchester City job

Manchester United
Do Manchester United really need Fabio Quagliarella?
‘Big Four’ scour Europe for perfect striker
Manchester United: Season Review 2006/07

Middlesbrough Season Review 2006/07
Middlesbrough: Steve Gibson shows no sign of joining the takeover frenzy
Middlesbrough – Striker Crisis Could Derail Southgate’s Summer

Newcastle United
Newcastle United: Toon Army’s Split On Barton’s Arrival
Big Sam Can Get The Better Of Bolton Next Term
Newcastle United; Season Review 2006/07

Portsmouth Season Review 2006/07
Sheffield United: winners all round as the 'Coca-Cola kid' signs for Fenerbahce
Sheffield United; Season Review 2006/07
Relegated Stars ready to make a swift return to the Premiership?
Tottenham Hotspur: Are Spurs Wasting their Money?
Tottenham Hotspur: 2006/07 Season Review
Tottenham favourites to win the league within a league

Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur

Watford Season Review 2006/07

West Ham United
Parker's the top man for Hammers fans
West Ham United; Season Review 2006/07
How to solve the West Ham question

Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic; Season Review 2006/07
Wigan’s Recruitment Drive Hampered By Hutchings Appointment
West Ham Wobble Could Lead To Wigan Escape

News Now  My Football News  Eat Sleep Football 
© Squarefootball Ltd 2001-2007