Tottenham Hotspur were a very active club during the last two days of the 2011 summer transfer window. They turned down an offer believed to be £40m for Luka Modric, sold Peter Crouch for £12m and finally after months of speculation and constant praise from manager Harry Redknapp, signed Scott Parker from West Ham for £5.5m.
But this was not their only activity on 31 August 2011. They still found time to sell Wilson Palacios to Stoke along with ‘Crouchy’ for £6m, Alan Hutton to Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee whilst David Bentley and Jemaine Jenas went on season long loans to West Ham United and Aston Villa respectively.
Prior to the mad rush Tottenham had already Released Jonathan Woodgate; who was snapped up by Tony Pulis, sold Robbie Keane to Beckhams L.A. Galaxy for 3.5m and Jamie O’Hara to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £5m.
Spurs managed to offload a huge selection of experienced players but only signed three worthy of talking about. One is Brad Friedel, signed for free from Aston Villa as Harry Looks to temporarily fix the problem he has been having with his unorthodox number 1 Heurelho Gomes. Two is Scott Parker as previously mentioned and three is Emmanuel Adebayor. However the Togo international was only signed on a season long loan from Manchester City.
Unfortunately Harry has not managed to sign any new defenders whilst releasing injury prone Woodgate. Ledley King, one can assume, will make only a handful of Premier League starts. Here in lies Harry’s main cause for concern. Arsenal took note of a lack of depth, equipped with experience and signed two new defenders. Tottenham still do have as mentioned Ledley King, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, William Gallas and Sebastien Bassong. But where in lies a centre back capable of pushing Tottenham Hotspur towards a Champions League place or winning the Premier League title.
Any pundit would point out that Tottenham had far too many midfielders and that it was about time they got rid of some. The worry for players like Luka Modric is that they have not been replaced by any single player deemed ‘World Class’ such as he, Bale and Van Der Vaart are often referred.
Many would argue that Scott Parker is a brilliant buy, based on his previous season with West Ham United. But it seems naïve to presume such a thing, especially when West Ham were relegated to the Championship and that the players surrounding him were simply awful.
One can only presume that Harry will settle for a 6th placed finish this season and plan for a push during the 2012-13 season, in which he will cash in on more deadwood players in an aim to sign one or two more ‘world class’ players.