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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Juande Ramos Takes The Bold Approach

There are broadly two ways to pursue the ambition of cracking the 'Big 4' in the Premiership-to aim for a steady progression over the seasons, or to aim for a big year of acheivement to crack the glass ceiling. Juande Ramos has come out firmly for the latter.

Ramos's approach to the transfer market recalls a French marshal of World War 1 who sent the memorable message- 'my right wing in retreat, centre collapsing- situation excellent. I attack'.

He started the summer with his number one forward (Berbatov) expected to go and has since lost his strike partner to Liverpool (Keane). Unabashed by these problems, Ramos unfurled two exciting midfield sIgnings in Luca Modric and Giovanni.

At the same time he's been negotiating with Sunderland to offload no less than 4 players in one go, plus despatching Paul Robinson, as seemed likely from the moment he stepped into White Hart Lane.

Next on the agenda is the arrival of David Bentley to add yet more creative options to the Spurs midfield. Anxious fans can also see movement on the striker front.

As well as apparently rejuvenating Darren Bent, the names of Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko are in the frame to join the club, along with more long term names such as Diego Milito. Finally, the club have also found time to extend the contracts of Jermaine Jenas and Michael Dawson to 2013.

It's all exciting stuff , though with the inevitable worries that come with sudden change. The striker positions do still need replacements and central defensive cover remains a concern. The keeper slot also needs some work.

However, the activity in the summer should also be added to the signings back in January when the names of Woodgate, Hutton and Gunter came on to the staff. This is a radical programme by a coach who knows what he wants.

The impression is far more decisive than the acquisitions late in the Martin Jol area, although to be fair to the Dutchman, he did leave Tottenhgjanm with some excellent young talent at their disposal.

It's clear that Juande Ramos has ducked the idea of edging towards the Champions League by incremental stages and by taking this route he may yet even get to keep Dimitar Berbatov, who remains on the books.

The Bulgarian will have watched the squad surgery with interest and if Ramos can bag at least one big name striker, there's every chance that the centre-forward will decide his chances of advancement are good at White Hart Lane.

Spurs incurred a good deal of opprobrium for the way they dealt with the popular Martin Jol but whatever the rights and wrongs of that decision, they now have coach with clarity of purpose, the respect of his players and an ability to attract top stars to the club.

In the next month he just needs to put the finishing touches to his recruitment drive and Spurs fans could be in for the most exciting campaign for years.

COMMENTS

George

What's so exiting about Jenas?

Andy

lol thats an amazing comment George hahahahahahahahaha!!!!
Fortuately I think mr Ramos has got sense, so lets buy a GREAT 28-30yr old defensive mid to play next to the hudd and allow zokora and jenas to keep dawson and lennon company on the bench!!!

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