Marquee signings are what we we’re renowned for. Tottenham signed Jimmy Greaves for £99,999 when Bill Nicholson bought him from AC Milan in 1961. We were making double swoops for Argentine heroes when Tevez and Mascherano were nothing more than a glint in their fathers’ eyes. Klinsmann was making the leap from AS Monaco in July 1994 without even a glance at another top flight club. Mido was... never mind.
We have a tradition of making bold signings who shine and glimmer in the off-season sun. So why not now? What are we waiting for? There are some big name players out there who, given the right transfer fee, could be snaffled up by the club. I’m thinking about players like Fernando Llorente, Leandro Damião, João Moutinho and Robert Lewandowski.
These players, although costly, could make or break the club this season. As I’m sure you are all well aware Chelsea have spent a lot of money this summer on a lot of talent. Not only that, they appear to be sticking the ball in the net with relative ease. Bearing this in mind it would seem that Chelsea are nailed on for a top four finish; Abramovich will not again run the risk of winning to qualify. Thus the top four places are once more going to be extremely tough to attain.
Under Wenger the Woolwich Wanderers have never failed to reach the top table. So our challenge must be to change that statistic. The Manchester monopoly looks likely to continue and as such Tottenham must overturn our most bitter rivals. Not that we should need an incentive to beat them, surely finishing above them in the league is incentive enough, but as this season unfolds it could become our ultimate objective.
A marquee signing could push us over the edge and give us the fire-power to blaze a trail up the table. Marquee signings also bring with them the fanfare, the shirt sales, the pub conversations and the newspaper headlines.
What does a marquee signing have to do with this? It is intrinsically linked. A marquee signing could push us over the edge and give us the fire-power to blaze a trail up the table. Marquee signings also bring with them the fanfare, the shirt sales, the pub conversations and the newspaper headlines. I don’t think that AVB needs the media limelight diverted from him – he appears to have handled it well so far – but a marquee signing could give him a little respite.
Besides, who wouldn’t want to see a star running out onto the hallowed turf of White Hart Lane decked out from head to toe in the fabled lilywhite. We all like those moments and we all thrive on that baited anticipation. A header, a volley, a free kick, a shin; it doesn’t matter how the ball goes into the net, when that player scores that first goal its instant vindication.
The financial implications of such a deal could have repercussions should the purchase fail. But with Modric now gone Real have given us the cash flow to make a transfer happen. We know that Levy is as shrewd and hard-nosed as they come, but a headline grabbing £30m player could quell the current Harry grumbling from your average talkSPORT Tottenham fan. Does that bother Levy? Probably not. He doesn’t seem like the sort of man to be moved by the masses. However, sometimes, probably late at night, I bet he wonders what such a signing could achieve. Think on Daniel, think on.