Ahhh, there it is again. That same ole’ familiar feeling as the transfer window slams shut. Only for us Spurs fans, it feels like it slams down trapping our private areas in the process.
Another window has gone by and the club hasn’t produced the goods. We’ve made good signings don’t get me wrong, but this window cannot be seen as successful whilst the ‘harry-kane-being-our-only-striker problem still exists.
I began writing this piece prepared to look at all possible culprits, in a proper Cluedo style investigation. But no sooner had the Mystery Machine’s wheels started turning, it was so clear who was responsible, even Shaggy and Scooby could have solved this one.
Without Baldini blowing the cash, Redknapp hanging out his Range Rover or Real Madrid’s yearly pillage - there’s only one man to blame - Daniel Levy.
The majority of fingers are usually pointed at Mr Levy. And after the last few windows, all equally as disappointing, he is the common denominator.
As chairman it’s his job to work with the manager and the scouts to bring in the players he wants, and he didn’t.
His reputation precedes him though and he is seen across the footballing world as a shrewd negotiator who won’t be taken for a mug. As much as he has pulled off a few stunning deals in his time, it’s summers like this where it becomes a problem – so much so that clubs struggle to do business with him, as Sir Alex cited in his autobiography.
Berahino was there for the taking. A talented, young English striker looking for a new challenge in the Premier League, at a club resigned to the fact they would struggle to keep him – all they wanted was a fair deal in the current market.
Levy’s love for a bargain took over though and he refused them the money they were after, hiding extra money in add-ons and bonuses. If we needed Berahino as badly as we did, just pay the money they want. Our final bid of £23m consisted of so many clauses that West Brom would only receive £3m up front, for their prize asset. No wonder they weren’t happy.
He’s pulled off deals in the past sure – securing Rafa Van Der Vaart for a mere £8 million a definite highlight, but is it starting to hinder us more than it’s helping?
The grass isn’t always greener. I’m not asking for someone who blows money like nobody’s business as leaves the club in a blackhole of debt, but in a results business, he hasn’t produced.
Credit where credit is due. Levy is building a fantastic new stadium. He has, albeit slowly, built a decent team at Spurs. But his man management of managers, players, chairmen etc. rubs people up the wrong way – not ideal when working with those people day in, day out.
Is Levy now becoming more of a comedy character whom rather than cheering when we score rubs his hands as the price for that player rises? It might just be time Levy negotiated his own transfer away from the Lane.