Luka Modric will be sold to Real Madrid. It may be today, it may be tomorrow, it might be deadline day, but one way or another we will end the transfer window without our influential Croatian playmaker. This clearly leaves us weaker in the midfield department given his classy performance on a consistent basis for the last 4 seasons. Despite this, I am not fully convinced it is essential we replace him right now given we are a day from the season starting, and a replacement would cost 20 million pounds at the cheapest, and a focus on investing in some much needed forwards is far more prudent.
The season starts tomorrow. Bearing this in mind, our Modric replacement will not have the benefit of a pre-season with the team getting to know AVB’s tactics. Joao Moutinho in fairness knows AVB well from their time at Porto together, and therefore knows the AVB way of playing far more than most. However, Moutinho has no previous experience of playing in the Premiership, and unless you are a freak of nature it takes a good few months to get used to playing in the Premier League. It certainly took Modric a few months to adjust. Imagine this scenario: Modric leaves, we then proceed to splash out 25-30 mill on Moutinho, and he doesn’t have the start Spurs fans hoped for. Not only would this heap a lot of pressure on AVB from the media for a big money signing not playing well, but it would turn (a few) idiotic Spurs fans against him. Moutinho would suddenly be under a lot of unnecessary and artificial pressure.
If Siggy can produce the form he showed last season for Swansea he could take VDV's position currently, and contribute with many goals and assists.
As well as this, now we have Gylfi Sigurdsson in our ranks, this is an opportunity to deploy Rafa Van der Vaart in a deeper position. During Holland’s miserable Euro 2012 campaign VDV really impressed me from playing in more of a Modric role. If Siggy can produce the form he showed last season for Swansea he could take VDV’s position currently, and contribute with many goals and assists. I also think VDV would continue to score many goals from a deeper position, therefore we would now have more goals in our side since one of Modric’s weaknesses was his lack of goals. Moutinho also isn’t a regular goalscorer. There is also young Tom Carroll who deserves a run in the Europa League to demonstrate if he has the potential to play to Modric’s level one day (unlikely, but he is talented!) So our team could look like this:
Walker Kaboul Vertonghen BAE
Lennon Sandro/Parker/Livermore VDV Bale
This leaves me to my final point. I’ve left the striker position blank because we have left ourselves in a very vulnerable position. It will Defoe or Kane on Saturday, but this simply won’t do for the rest of our campaign. If we recieve around 30 mill for Modric I would be very tempted to go all out for a sizzling striker. Llorente is an option if he doesn’t go to Juve. Adebayor will do because he knows the way we play, but his actions this summer make this deal less attractive for Spurs fans. We have been bidding for Spanish striker, Soldado who by all accounts is an impressive player. To be honest, I don’t care which striker(s) arrives at the Lane, but whoever does sign must be proven and MUST score a lot of goals if we are to achieve the goals we all desire. Yes losing Modric is a massive blow to our squad, but replacing him at this moment in time might not be the most sensible action when there are gaping holes in other areas of our squad.