Tottenham Hotspur had a jolt into their bank account that the 140 year old club had never had before. Unlike the influence of the Glazers or Roman at two of England’s top clubs, Spurs received the money from the sale of their star player, Gareth Bale. In fact the transfer to Los Blancos not only set a club sale record, but a world record. Real’s investment seems to be starting to pay off as the Madrid side won their Champions League group without so much as a hiccup and are in striking distance of the top spot in La Liga. On the other end, Tottenham has struggled to find goals without their explosive Welshman, and worse yet they are starting to concede them.
Up to the last week Tottenham had been one of the most defensively difficult teams to crack in the Premier League. In fact 11 of the 21 goals Spurs have conceded this year have been in the last two games. While Michael Dawson and Kyle Walker have been terrific on the back line this year, Spurs’ injury woes have left them without a quality 2nd central defender. This combined with holding midfielders that love going forward, leaves the London side without an answer against some of the more talent attacking sides in the Premier League. Jan Vertonghen should be able to return come January, so a move for a big time central defender is probably out. However, Spurs would do well to consider looking to Germany for one of the Bender brothers. Sven and Lars work rate would considerably strengthen a midfield that seems to be struggling to defend the more talented midfields in the Premier League.
The summer splurge on attacking players hasn’t quite played out the way Tottenham fans would have expected. In fact Luis Suarez has scored more goals to date then the entire Spurs side. The obvious blame falls on Soldado, who seems incapable of scoring goals in England that aren’t from the penalty spot. As a neutral, it is hard to think why natural number 9, Jermain Defoe, remains on the bench while the Spaniard struggles to find his form. Soldado isn’t 100% of the issue though. Since the injury to Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, the side seems void of ideas in the final third. To correct their midfield woes, Tottenham have reportedly entered the chase for American Born Italian Giusseppe Rossi. The Fiorentina man leads Serie A with 13 goals, a league not deprived on natural goal scorers. Rossi would most certainly add goals to a Spurs side, who at the moment, are completely deprived of them.
With a healthy attacking midfield of Rossi, Eriksen and a plethora of attacking wingers, Spurs should be able to create more chances. Soldado might not be the man to put those chances away though. While the Spaniard has scored twice in three games in Europa, he has only scored 4 times on English soil, despite being the favored striker. More concerning is that 3 of those goals have been from the penalty spot. Tottenham are rumored to be chasing former AC Milan star Alexander Pato. Apparently the Brazilian side Corinthians is looking to unload Pato come January. Statistically the Brazilian has scored a goal about every other game throughout his career. However Spurs fans be wary, there is a reason he is playing in Brazil and not for a top European side.
After the spending spree that Tottenham was on this summer, the London side will need to hit the selling market yet again if they look to have some cash to splurge on talent this January. If Spurs are able to secure Pato, they could then go on to sell disgruntled Striker Jermain Defoe. The clearing of his wages, as well as a decent transfer fee would certainly add to Tottenham’s ability to bring in more talent this January. There are also rumors that 30 million pound Argentine, Erik Lamela, could find himself on his way out of London, if just for a while. Athletico Madrid seem to desire his services on a loan spell while they compete for a La Liga and Champions League title. Tottenham could also find some cash by selling out of favor Emmanuel Adebayor. While no one seems to be jumping to claim the Togolese striker at the moment, there are enough teams that require a dynamic forward for him to remain on the market much longer.
Another reshuffling of the team may help Spurs steady the ship, and compete for a Europa league spot. With the form of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Southhampton it’s hard to imagine Spurs edging their way back into the top 4. The cost of this failure has meant the forfeiture of Tottenham’s manager Andres Villas Boas’ job, who has been sacked from both Spurs and Chelsea before the age of 37. Tottenham does need a leader soon, especially for the transfer window that could prove to be a busy time for them. The name Harry Redknapp seems to be on everybody’s lips. His return to White Hart Lane would mean the abandonment of his QPR post, a project he seems to be heavily devoted to. However, the money Tottenham now has to spend, and the talent that surrounds the squad would make the job hard for any championship manager to turn down. Recently sacked West Brom manager, and fellow Mourinho prodigy, Steve Bruce, is also looking for a job. Other power names such as Michael Laudrup, Frank de Boar and Glen Hoddle have also been linked to the Spurs job. It is still too early to call but whatever happens, it should be an interesting upcoming month in North London.