Transfer Window Review – January 2014

We didn’t sign anyone this transfer window, there were calls from fans to sign another striker and a left back, but we did neither and I think that is due to many things. Personally, I am not disappointed we didn’t sign anyone, if anything I am pleased we didn’t panic and shake the squad up even more, which certainly isn’t needed. What we need, which is what Sherwood thinks, is our injured players to return to the pitch and give a big push until the end of the season for Champions League football, that’s the aim, we’ve got the players to do that. We need them to perform and get us there.

The teams around us didn’t do a lot of business:

Manchester City and Liverpool signed nobody! City maybe didn’t need anyone, but I think Liverpool needed at least 1-2 players for squad depth.

Manchester United signed Mata, which although is a brilliant signing you could say they didn’t particularly need him, I think there are a lot of other areas of the pitch they needed to strengthen.

Arsenal only signed Kallstrom on loan. In my opinion probably needing a striker.

Everton made two signings, Lacina Traore on loan and Aiden McGeady, two good signings though.

Chelsea were busy, but sold Mata, signed Salah and Matic with Zouma coming in and being loaned out straight away.

What other teams did shows that the January window isn’t a good time to make signings, especially long term signings, for us, signing nobody showed that nobody worth buying was there. I can’t think of many realistic signings that would hugely improve or improve our squad at all.

Our departures in January…

Jermain Defoe to Toronto for £6 million. – Expected departure, he’s here to stay until March, will be sad to see him leave as he has been a great player for us over the years. We’ll have a great send off for him in his last few games.

Simon Dawkins to Derby for an undisclosed fee. – After being on loan and impressing, the 24 year old has finally left Spurs permanently, good luck to him, was never going to get the chance at the Lane.

Shaquile Coulthirst to Leyton Orient on loan. – The young striker has impressed for our youth side, now he gets the chance to strut his stuff and score some goals with some experience under his belt!

Jon Obika to Brighton on loan. – Forever on loan, now 23 years old, it doesn’t seem he’s got a future at Spurs. It’s a chance for him to score goals to secure a permanent deal away from Spurs I presume.

Ryan Fredericks to Millwall on loan. – Big future for Ryan at the club, he has also signed a new deal at Spurs until 2017 and this loan will be great for him, I’ve been really impressed with him for the U21s and for the first team. Now he can gain some experience and get into the first team next season.

Adam Smith to Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee. – Upsetting it hasn’t worked out for Adam at Spurs, after a few appearances in the first team some thought he could be direct back up to Kyle Walker, but with the emergence of Fredericks it seems he’s no longer needed in the future.

Lewis Holtby on loan to Fulham. – I’m glad Holtby can get first team football in the Premier League, he deserves that. A brilliant player who will probably keep Fulham in the League, he needs to show his quality at the Whites and then come back to Tottenham next season even better and even stronger. I still have confidence Lewis has a big future at Spurs. I’ll miss him for the rest of the season though!

The deals that never materialised.

Dimitar Berbatov to Spurs. – Dimitar ended up at Monaco on Deadline Day permanently from Fulham! After being heavily linked, it is reported Sherwood said no to possibly signing the Bulgarian striker. I was on the fence about his signing, on one hand he is a player who disrespected our club greatly when leaving to Manchester United, on the other hand he was still the player that made my mouth-water when I watched. Difficult to chose. But, it’s not happened, so we don’t have to worry about the backlash!

Etienne Capoue to Napoli. – The deal didn’t go through! Yay! I’m happy he’s stayed, been one of our better signings, early on he was incredible for us, now he gets to stay and continue his time at the club. Good news, although I must say I thought he would depart. Maybe his goal against Manchester City persuaded Sherwood to keep him!

Conclusion.

Nothing special! Not many shocks and not any incomings. Some may have wanted a left back or a striker but I fully believe we have the squad to compete heavily for the top four places. Thank God it’s all over, we can fully concentrate of football. No excuses now! Let’s have a right crack at it! COYS!!

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Match Preview, Tottenham vs Norwich.

After the international break, we’re back in action again. We welcome the tough opposition of Norwich City to White Hart Lane. After a decent start to the Premier League with six points out of nine, we’ll be looking to get another win. Disappointment of losing to Arsenal was big, then Gareth Bale leaving caused another blow, but we can now focus on getting a good result against Norwich to get our season back on track. Norwich have improved a lot in the transfer window, bringing in some top talent, they will be difficult to overturn, especially with how organised they have become under Chris Houghton. Ricky Van Wolfswinkle is the Canaries main threat on goal and he’s started the season well. Our defence will have to be wary of him, as AVB has pointed out. They’ll be hard to break down, but with our creativity and scoring threat, I’m confident.

20130913-193101.jpgErik Lamela and Christian Eriksen are both available to make their full home debuts against Norwich at the Lane, these players will be key. We’ve lacked creativity and these are the two to provide that. I’m very excited to see them in action for Spurs! Vlad Chiriches is not eligible as he has yet to receive a work permit, but it’ll be resolved soon. This is the first game after the window closing and most new boys will play, it’ll shed a lot of light on our new style for the upcoming season. Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue are both injured for this game, Sandro should replace Capoue and Townsend should hold onto his starting position. It’s key that we score a few goals at White Hart Lane and provide Soldado with more clear cut chances, if we can do that, a win is all but assured. If Eriksen doesn’t start, or Lamela doesn’t, Holtby is a good option to have to create from midfield as well, he’s been in great form since coming back from injury. Finally back in action, lets get a win! The game is on Saturday, 14th September with kick off at 3:00pm GMT. COYS!!

My predicted/preferred line up to face Norwich at White Hart Lane:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Paulinho – Sandro
Lamela – Eriksen – Townsend
Soldado

Transfer Window Review Summer 2013.

Incomings.

Paulinho, 25 years old, £17 million, Central midfielder – We started off our summer spending by breaking our transfer record for Brazilian box-to-box midfielder Paulinho. The Corinthians hero became a nailed on target during the Confeds Cup and during that competition he gained massive praise and showed his worth of £17 million.

Nacer Chadli, 24 years old, £7 million, Winger – We continued our summer signings with FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli, he showed his desire to move to Spurs by turning down Swansea and Russian clubs. The transfer came out of nothing as most didn’t think we needed wingers, but he was brought in for a cut price for someone described as ‘the best in the Dutch league’, another Belgian too!

Roberto Soldado, 28 years old, £26 million, Striker – We broke our transfer record once again for Valencia and Spain striker Roberto Soldado. After all this time without a top striker and the pressure from the fans to spend big on one, Levy finally delivered a beauty. A proven goalscorer at Spurs, finally. The deal was long, but it got through in the end to everyone’s delight.

Etienne Capoue, 25 years old, £9 million, Defensive midfielder – Etienne came in out of the blue. We had all thought our midfield was full, but AVB believed we needed more depth and so we brought in the Toulouse and France ‘tank’ midfielder as a back up to Sandro. He may well surpass Sandro’s level as he has seriously impressed. He is very highly rated in France.

Vlad Chiriches, 23 years old, £8.5 million, Centre back – This transfer was more of a saga. Early in the window it looked most certainly off as the owner of Vlad’s now former club, Stuea Bucuresti cancelled the deal spectacularly. Later in the window, we continued to push for the Romanian international and pushed it through for a Romanian record £8.5 million. We were short at centre back so this was needed.

Erik Lamela, 21 years old, £30 million, Right winger – We smashed our transfer record once again in the summer window with the signing of Roma forward Erik Lamela. Another long and drawn out saga that needed our technical director Franco Baldini to be in top form to bring him in. Lamela is one of the brightest young stars in world football and so is a massive deal for us. The ‘next Gareth Bale’ already being mentioned.

Christian Eriksen, 21 years old, £11.5 million, Attacking midfielder – The lack of creativity was a certain concern amongst Spurs fans, we missed out on Willian who went to Chelsea and were lacking in chances, Eriksen was then brought in rather quickly for a bargain price of £11.5 million from Ajax. The Danish youngster has been on the radar of all the top clubs and has the potential to be a world class player.

Total Price of incoming players = £109 million.

Outgoings.

Steven Caulker, 21 year old centre back, £9 million to Cardiff. – Many fans thought this was a shock exit. The young and promising English centre back who had, had a decent first season at Spurs was sold in a relatively good deal for £9 million to Cardiff. Our centre backs were settled, but AVB may have saw the opportunity to sell a player wanting regular first team football and buy an arguably better player in Chiriches for a cheaper price. Good business I think.

Clint Dempsey, 30 year old attacking midfielder, £6 million to Seattle – The player that completely cut Spurs fans down the middle. Some fans loved him, some fans loathed him. A ‘panic buy’ on Deadline Day some may say. He gave us an okay season, but it was time to move on and we got our money back. He was replaced well too. Good luck to him in America.

Tom Huddlestone, 25 year old midfielder, £5 million to Hull City – Tommy has had a great few years at Spurs, but it was the right time for him to move on. He didn’t have the pace for our game. He wanted to move on for guaranteed game time, and this was something Hull could certainly give him. We got a decent amount of money for an injury prone player. Good signing for Hull and a good deal all round.

Scott Parker, 32 year old midfielder, £3 million to Fulham – Hard as nails. Proper old fashioned hard tackling midfielder. Not a player AVB really needs in his system. He wasn’t good enough on the ball for our game and can be classed as deadwood. Slightly small fee, but for a 32 year old, it’s an okay deal. We replaced him very well in Capoue. Fulham have a player who will give his all!

Gareth Bale, 24 year old forward, £86 million to Real Madrid – The deal of the summer. One that we didn’t want to go through. Our best player went to Real Madrid in a world record deal. It went on for a very long time and after being adamant he wouldn’t be going anywhere, the pressure from the player was too much and we had to let him go. Think we got a good price! Whether this is a good deal we’ll wait and see. We’ll miss him for sure.

Loans: Assou-Ekotto, QPR. Tom Carroll, loan. Adam Smith, Derby. Jake Livermore, Hull. Bongani Khumalo, Doncaster. Grant Hall, Swindon. Alex Pritchard, Swindon. Ryan Mason, Swindon.

Total price of outgoings = £109 million.

Summary.

We’ve had a stunning transfer window. We’ve spent a shed load of money on top quality and overall improved our squad into one that can challenge not only for the top four, but possibly for the title. We spent the most money in the Premier League this season, but in reality we’ve actually made a profit. I guess only Levy could do that.

High Point. – The last Friday of the transfer window must be the best moment of the window. We brought in Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches for £50 million. Truly great day.

Low Point. – The sale of Gareth Bale. Even though we may have known it was coming, it still hurt all the same. Our best player gone. We move on, but that wasn’t a good day by any means.

Surprise Incoming. – Erik Lamela. The pure calibre of the player made it a shock. To smash our transfer record for the third time in the window and bring in the perfect replacement for Bale.

Surprise player to stay. – I certainly thought Adebayor would leave us this window. He remains a Tottenham player and so will certainly have to up his game to challenge Soldado. Hopefully he can regain his old form.

Hopefully this transfer window holds us in good stead for the season ahead and puts us well up there! COYS!!

I’m going to miss him. Spurs are going to miss him. The Premier League are going to miss him. Gareth Bale.

It’s finally confirmed. Gareth Bale has joined Real Madrid in a world record £85 million deal. The 24 year old from Wales has completed his ‘dream move’ to Spain, and has taken all the challenges that come with that.

First of all, the situation we faced this transfer window. At the start of the window, it was certain he would stay at Spurs another season and help us achieve our goals of Champions League football. The stance from the board was that he was, and I quote, ‘Not for sale.’ We continued this stance and it seemed as though Bale was happy to stay for another season. Everyone was very, very happy about this. Then, the stories from Spain started to gather pace, Sky Sports News and their sources started spurting out news on how Bale’s stance was beginning to change. Spurs remained clear in their stance that he was not for sale at any price. More and more stories. Back page of every newspaper every day. Madrid talking about how much they admired Gareth, and would love him to join them. Trying to force Gareth into forcing a transfer from Spurs, unsuccessfully at first, but more and more stories came, more and more of Madrid’s players and staff started talking about Bale. In my opinion, this forced the transfer. Bale’s head was now well and truly turned and Madrid was the only thing in his mind. The deal was done, and that was that. Bye Bye Bale.

I’m going to miss the him. Spurs are going to miss him. The Premier League are going to miss him.

Gareth Bale is one of the best players to grace the hallowed turf at White Hart Lane. The ability he has is just unbelievable. A unique talent. The way he can control the ball while running at such incredible pace leaving defender after defender in his wake is something I will never forget I saw. Last season, he started scoring more and more goals and became the complete player. When a game wasn’t going your way, he would pop up and score a stunner to win you the three points. Watching him in action, live, with my own eyes is something I will cherish until the day I die. He was and is that good.

Gareth spent seven years with us. He had his downs, many of them, but he had so many ups. The hat-trick in Milan is a night I’ll always remember him for, the night he announced himself on the world stage as a superstar. Many more moments of magic followed. He was and I hope he still will be beloved by the fans of Tottenham. The players loved him, AVB loved him. Him as a person will be sorely missed, his character, his charm and his determination to succeed are things that just put him above the rest. I can’t tell you how much I will miss having him at White Hart Lane.

Bale has completed what would be a dream move for any player. To play at arguably the greatest club in the world, to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, at the Santiago Bernabeu it’s quite amazing really. I’m Spurs through and through, and if I was in his position I’d still find it so hard to turn down.

In my mind, there is no doubt he will be a success at Real Madrid. He is absolutely outstanding and will show his class on the pitch. His determination to succeed will help him a lot off the field. With all the politics with Ronaldo, Madrid and all his ‘Brand Bale’ work, he will strive to be an even better player than he already is, and I believe that is completely possible. Learning the new language and settling in a new country will take time, but I’m sure he’ll make it work, and for him I really hope it does.

This lad is something special. Someone who can be the best if he gives it his all. It’s been a pleasure, Gareth. You were born to play for Spurs, and I hope you always remember that.

We move on as a club and I’m sure another star will emerge soon enough. Erik Lamela, your time is now.

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Christian Eriksen, the creative spark?

Yet another signing in the transfer window for Spurs, that now takes their spending to over £100 million. We’ve signed Christian Eriksen from Ajax in a reported £11.5 million deal. The player has signed a 4 year contract, with the option of another year. Eriksen is a 21, attacking midfielder from Denmark and has been looked at by many big clubs before, including Manchester City, who he himself turned down. Eriksen has been tipped by many to be a star in the future.

Eriksen is a creative player, and I think we needed this type of player who can play in the number ten role off the striker. Someone who can spot a pass, and open the game up. Soldado has been lacking in chances, so the need for a playmaker was very clear. We have Holtby, who I think can do that job as he has showed at Schalke, he can spot a pass. We also have Sigurdsson, but he is not creative enough for the number ten role. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gylfi offloaded.

We certainly needed a creative player, but is Eriksen the man? We were linked with former Anji player Willian, and he is top class. He was that creative spark we needed. Sadly, we missed out on him to Chelsea as they gazumped us with the fee and wages. £30 million was the fee, so it was a little steep. Eriksen has now been brought in, for £11.5 million which is considerably less than Willian, but bare in mind Christian was in the last year of his contract. In my opinion, Willian is the better player, but there is no reason that Eriksen can’t become the better player in the future as he is younger.

Eriksen is a player who can pick a pass in tight spaces. He is great with the ball at feet in tight areas, so will always ask for the ball. He’s an option constantly throughout the game. He can certainly score goals, with 10 last season in the Dutch league. He can take free kicks, and is a set piece specialist and this is something we may need if Bale and Sigurdsson were to leave. Eriksen is skilful on the ball and has very tricky feet, and it should be a joy to watch in the Premier League. Eriksen lacks strength, he could be bullied in the Premier League, but with players like Mata, Oscar, Silva and Modric all to succeed before him, he will be fine, I’m sure.

I have had my doubts as to whether Eriksen was the one to come in, but I think I was comparing him to the player Willian is, who is much older and more experienced. I have faith in the players AVB and Baldini bring in, and I’m sure he’ll help us reach our goals in the future. Welcome to Spurs, Christian Eriksen!

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A new Superstar at Spurs. Erik Lamela.

Isn’t this just amazing? We had broken our transfer window twice already this window on Paulinho and Soldado, and now we’ve gone a done it again. Erik Lamela has joined Spurs in a huge £30 million deal from AS Roma. The 21 year old right winger from Argentina has signed a 5 year deal at the club, and he will be looking to make his debut in the massive occasion that is the North London Derby.

Gareth Bale is 99% sure to be leaving for Real Madrid in a world record deal, so Erik Lamela can be classed as Bale’s direct replacement. The two players are similar in the way they play. Power, pace, goals, assists and that decisive edge that can win you games in an instant. Lamela is in my eyes the perfect replacement for Bale, and the fact he is only 21 years of age, means he will continue to grow, and one day I believe he can surpass the ability of Gareth Bale.

Erik is such a quality player. He has many attributes that make him one of the most sought after and highly rated young players in the world. His dribbling, at such a young age, is some of the best in the world, he completed the most dribbles in the Serie A last season, and with players like El Shaarawy, Adem Ljajic, and Hernanes to name a few, that’s quite amazing . He’s very powerful in his dribbling, so he can burst through players, while keeping close control. It’s very good to watch. He also has the ability to change games quickly, with a goal or an assist. He saved Roma quite a bit last season.

Lamela scored 15 goals last season from the right side of an attacking trio. He also assisted 5 times. For a 21 year old, these stats are quite amazing. Erik is still quite a raw player, and has quite a way to go before he can be considered a complete player that he wants to become. His idol being his more than complete Argentine compatriot, Diego Maradona. He wants to emulate how good he became, and he has the potential to become as good as he wants. Hopefully he does it all with Spurs!

In Lamela’s first season in England, he will need time to settle into the pace of the game, as it is much more intense than in Italy, but I’m sure he can do this relatively quickly. An early goal in his Spurs career and I’m sure it’ll set up a great season for him. Big shout this from me, I’d tip him for player of the year if the odds are good. He’s a young player, so he’s got time on his side to fulfil his amazing potential. Who needs Bale anyway when you’ve got Lamela? That’s what I want to be saying come the end of the season. I expect big things from our record singing.

Lamela fits in perfectly to the style AVB plays. He likes big powerful players in his whole team, who are technically gifted, and competent on the ball. That’s the system Lamela played at Roma, so he can fit in well to AVB’s plans. Whether we play 4-3-3, or 4-2-3-1 is still unknown as we have yet to conclude our business. A front three of Townsend – Soldado – Lamela is really quite astonishing, and that’s missing out Lennon and Chadli!

There are still more signings to come this window, but we’ve done a great job so far in the market. Hopefully Erik settles in quickly and I’m sure he’ll be a fan favourite soon enough! 10-15 goals this season from Lamela with Soldado’s goals and we’ll (hopefully) be strolling into the top four.

Welcome, Lamela! COYS!

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Welcome to Spurs, Vlad Chiriches!

Yet another signing in what is turning out to be a quite stunning transfer window. Vlad Chiriches has joined from Stuea Bucuresti in a Romanian record, £8.5 million deal. Chiriches is a 23 year old centre back, with 19 caps for the Romanian national side. Vlad has signed a 5 year deal with Spurs. His nickname in Romania was ‘The Impaler’, so you can already tell he’s a brute!

With the sale of Steven Caulker to Cardiff in a £9million deal, we were quite light at the back with only three first team centre backs available. AVB has stated his desire to bring in another centre back, because he believes you need at least four top class centre halves in a team challenging for honours such as Tottenham, and I must say I agree. We seemed to have captured Vlad from Bucuresti earlier on in the transfer window, but Stuea’s somewhat crazy owner cancelled the deal from his jail cell. Madness! We continued to pursue the big Romanian, and finally, although late on, have captured him. To everyone’s delight.

Compared to Caulker, Chiriches is much more of a modern centre back. He comes forward with the ball, and tries to set up attacks when he can, a bit like one of our current centre backs Jan Vertonghen. On the ball, Vlad is composed, and elegant, and this suits our style of play a lot. To say whether he is better than Caulker is still not known, as the Premier League is obviously a much harder league than in Romania. Vlad ‘The Impaler’ has been praised by a lot of the top clubs in Europe, including Jose Mourinho, who said if he were a couple of inches taller, he would have taken him to Madrid. High praise indeed. He will need to settle in quickly, and get his mind right, and his ability on the field will show.

I don’t think Chiriches will be a starter. He’s not yet at the level of Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul or Michael Dawson, but he will get games in the many competitions we are in such as the Europa League, Capital One Cup and the FA Cup. He is great back up, especially as Kaboul is coming back from a long term injury, and so may be a little fragile. Chiriches can also play at full back, he covers left back and right back, this can only be good for our squad depth. It will help out in the long run I’m sure.

Great to have Chiriches on board, and still more signings to come. Looking forward to a great season! COYS!

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Etienne Capoue, the French Tank.

Yet another signing in what has been a brilliant window so far. Etienne Capoue has joined Spurs from Toulouse in a reported £9 million deal and a 4 year contract. The 25 year old French international known as the ‘French Tank’ back in his homeland is a centre defensive midfielder, but can also dip into the centre back position when required.

Competion.

Etienne will have to work hard to gain a place in the first team, with the quality we have in this area, but he will give our starters a run for their money, and this is always good. Squad depth and competition for places is needed when you build a squad trying to challenge for top honours. Capoue plays in the same position as Sandro, and it is now a battle between them for the starting spot.

Needed?

Personally, I think Capoue was needed. With Huddlestone leaving to Hull, Livermore to Hull on loan, and Scott Parker looking to be out the door, there is a definite space for Capoue. He is a better player than those three, and a France international, so it is good business to offload them and bring in Etienne in my opinion. We already had a very strong competition for places in the midfield with Holtby, Sigurdsson and Carroll, but they are much more attacking players. We lacked a back up for Sandro, and I’m very glad we now have it.

Attributes.

Capoue is a tank. He is so strong, with and without the ball. He can sit in front of the defence and make key tackles and interceptions. He made more successful interceptions than Mousa Dembele, Frank Lampard and Tom Cleverley combined last year in France, which shows you how important he is defensively. He scored 7 goals last season for Toulouse, and for a defensive midfielder/centre back, this is very impressive. A definite threat from set pieces. Experts on the game in France say he was the best player in the league last year apart from PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which is massive praise indeed. Also, the Toulouse president explained Capoue as the best player Toulouse have produced in 20 years.

Summary.

This signing could turn out as a shrewd move from Daniel Levy and AVB, as he is highly rated in France, and with the World Cup coming up for Capoue he will want to show what he can do, and be starting regularly. A hard task, but it seems as though he has the ability to really push Sandro, Paulinho and Dembele for their starting berth.

Another signing, and more to come. Looking good for the new season. COYS!

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Finally a Striker.

We’ve reached an agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado, subject to a medical. The transfer went on for a lot longer than we wanted, but it’s done now, and we can celebrate having a top class striker at the Lane, finally! We’ve broken our transfer record for the second time this Summer, £26 million the fee, surpassing the £17 million we paid for Paulinho.

We have been linked with every striker possible this Summer. The list is endless, but the main candidates were always, David Villa, Christian Benteke, and Roberto Soldado. All three strikers have immense quality, and I would have been thrilled with either one, and thankfully we have one, Roberto Soldado. I think he is the most natural striker out of the three, and he’s a striker in his prime, so I think there is a strong argument that we have signed the best one out of the three.

Soldado is a natural number 9. He has immense finishing ability, that aspect of his game is world class, he also works hard upfront, and makes good runs off the shoulder of the defence. He is a goal scorer, plain and simple; he can score 20+ goals a season, as he has proven in Spain and for Spain. Everyone knows we lacked goals from up front last season, and we have now solved that problem with the signing of Roberto Soldado.

Soldado will work very well in the 4-3-3 formation that AVB prefers. He can hold up the play and include others in the attack, he’s decent in the air, but that isn’t his best attribute by a long way. With players like Chadli, Lennon, and (hopefully) Bale, he will score a tonne of goals. I’m sure he’ll fit in perfectly at Spurs, and the fans will love him as soon as he scores his first goal. Looking forward to that!

At Valencia, Soldado was their best, and most loved player. Their captain, and their hero. He scored 59 goals in 101 appearances for Valencia, a great record. He also scored 24 goals in 35 appearances last season, with is exactly what we need from him this season. As I said, he’s a goalscorer. You could say £26 million is quite a bit to pay for a 28 year old, but he is a goal scorer, and that’s (sadly) what they cost nowadays. If we want top quality, we have to pay top dollar, that’s the reality.

Welcome to the Lane, Roberto Soldado! Lets hope we can have a great year. COYS!!

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A New Belgian at White Hart Lane, Nacer Chadli.

Official! Nacer Chadli is a Spurs player after we agreed a deal with FC Twente for the winger. A reported fee of £6 million, which is an absolute steal for the Belgian international. Chadli was in the last year of his contract, and decided not to renew with FC Twente so they were forced to sell him for what is a cut price.

If Chadli were to have a long term contract, I think he’s a £15 million player, so we’ve definitely got a good player. He was a fan favourite at FC Twente, and their key man last season, they think of him as the best player in the Dutch League, which is a huge tag considering the players that grace that league. Frank De Boer, Ajax’s head coach is quoted as saying that Chadli is the ‘best player in the league’, so he is very highly rated. The likes of Christian Eriksen would probably disagree with that though.

Chadli is 23, and has a lot of room to improve, and at Spurs with our coaches we can definitely help him do that. Just look at Gareth Bale. Nacer will want to replicate the sort of impact he has had here, which is a very hard thing to do, but not impossible. Chadli’s preferred position is on the left wing, but he can play right wing, and centre attacking midfield. He is creative, and can score goals, which we did lack last season.

Chadli scored a very impressive 19 goals in 27 appearances for both FC Twente and Belgium last season, so he will bring goals to the side. I see Chadli possibly replacing Lennon in the starting line up. He is probably the better player out of the two, and can bring more goals than Lennon, which just edges him into my starting 11 for the new season. His attributes are clear, he’s strong, fast, creative, versatile and he can assist and score goals, perfect for AVB’s preferred 4-3-3 formation.

One thing you can see from Chadli’s signing is that AVB is building a powerful squad. He did the same with Porto, and tried with Chelsea before being sacked prematurely. The 4-3-3 formation will be used, as it has done in pre season so far, and having Chadli and Bale as wingers is a great start to this. Paulinho has helped massively for this formation to come to fruition also, as our midfield three is now complete with Sandro coming back as well. Our defence is also very solid with Kaboul coming back and Walker to improve. The only spots in our team that I feel are weak, are the target man striker, and a left back. Hopefully we can strengthen these positions this Summer.

Good news that Chadli has arrived, lets hope he can make a big impact. He now joins pre season with the squad in Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy. COYS!!

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