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Tottenham Hotspur: Are Spurs Wasting their Money?
"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."
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 feedbackChinedu:
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
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