It’s getting closer; it’s so close that grown men have been spotted unable to sit still. Its not Christmas though, New Year or even the thought of that special gift from the girlfriend that you’ve been promised all year, it’s the January Transfer window.
As Tottenham fans, this time of year is extra special for us. It’s where despite under-performing some years, or flying high in others, we always find ourselves knee deep in speculation.
After a few years under the helm of the Churchill twitching dog, now we are led to believe we have a manager with a plan. Andre Villas-Boas has been in charge over 6 months and this window should mark our progression and his position under Daniel Levy.
If we pull a double swoop for two former internationals with a combined age of 70 plus, we can open our arms to yet another spring of despair, but I think we may be surprised. Perhaps even pleasantly so.
The issues with our squad are plain to see. We lack a creative maestro, we lack cover out wide and upfront we are a JD injury and a two footed lunge away from adopting Spain’s false number 9 tactic.
Therefore who do we sign?
Shall we find out if Demba Ba really does have a £7.5 million release clause and a dodgy knee?
Or should we turn our attentions to Spain and test Sevilla’s finances with a swoop for Alvaro Negredo?
How about a speculative bid for Willian? Or a move for the Porto star Atsu? (bless you.)
Personally I would steer clear of all these, what we need in 2013, isn’t fresh blood, but a New Years resolution to not crumble, falter or throw away points.
For too many years we have allowed the speculation, the hope and the incessant Twitter refreshing to govern how our season ends. Let’s not look to what we could have, but what we’ve got.
[authquote text="What we need in 2013, isn’t fresh blood, but a New Years resolution to not crumble, falter or throw away points."]
We are within touching distance of a mutinous Chelsea, above officially the worst Arsenal team in a decade and equal with an Everton team spearheaded by a player who is desperate to squeeze his afro into any club willing to double his wages.
The management must concentrate on what they have and not allow the team, so susceptible to having their concentration interrupted by any Red Top headline, lose focus. We remember fondly our one outing in the Champions League, but had we focused post Christmas dinner in at least 4 of the last 8 years we would be CL veterans by now.
The January window is good for those hoping to gain site traffic, sell papers and make a nice signing on fee. But realistically how effective is a January transfer?
Scroll through the pages and pages of top signings in January and ponder how many were a success? How many were good value?
Luis Suarez apart, I struggle to name another. Yes there are the emergency loan deals, the panic buys that heroically save a team from the drop, but how many have powered a team to the title or a top four place?
[authquote text="The best thing that AVB can be given this window is the backing of the fans, the resolve of the team and a couple of slices of luck."]
In Italy the giving of gifts in January is called Befana, which relates to The Epiphany, the arrival of the Three Kings. In 2013 we will have our January gifts wrapped, tied with a lilywhite bow and ready to go. We are set to welcome back Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker.
These three internationals have been key players for Tottenham over the last few years. Their return will allow us to field our first choice back four and add the steel that we seem to miss in the last 10 minutes of nearly every game.
The best thing that AVB can be given this window is the backing of the fans, the resolve of the team and a couple of slices of luck. As we have shown in spells this season and over the past few, we are good enough for the top four, perhaps even more. But before we waste any time compiling a wish list and coveting what others have, let’s look at what we have.
Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Mousa Dembèlè, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Sandro, if these aren’t already top four players then chuck a bridle on me, strap me to a sleigh and call me Dasher. We need a New Year resolve, not a new £25 million asset.
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