It finally happened; signing no players finally caught up with the squad. Firstly, before delving into the problems now facing the Tottenham board, massive respect and props need to be given to the Argentine genius Mauricio Pochettino. The man has dealt with more problems than any other top six manager yet he has not thrown his toys out of the pram, he hasn’t moaned to the press, he’s just got on with it, a man we at Spurs are genuinely lucky to have. A father figure to the players, a statesman to the press and a messiah to the fans, Pochettino has done more for the global profile of Spurs than any NFL deal ever could, and this is why it’s so frustrating to see such a talented man be limited by a board which seems intent on making poor decisions.
Pochettino and his genius aside, there’s now a problem facing Daniel Levy and the Enic Corp that even the master businessman Levy himself is going to struggle with; the decision to stick or twist? Daniel Levy is a master businessman, a man so tough at negotiating that even the great (and scary) Alex Ferguson said that dealing with Daniel Levy over the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov was “more painful than his hip replacement”. There’s countless reports of Levy being difficult, fleecing opposing clubs and trying to get every penny he possibly can, but what happens when Levy and Enic told the fanbase there would be no money for new signings? If you’d have offered Spurs fans in August that by January we’d be in the last-sixteen of the Champions League, third in the league, in a league cup semi and the fourth round of the FA Cup most Spurs fans would have taken that but the last few days have plunged our club into a crisis, relatively speaking, of course.
This is where the problem arises for Levy and Enic; injuries to Harry Kane and Sissoko, Son leaving for the Asian games have laid bare the thinness of our squad; with Llorente never quite looking like he can do the business for Spurs and Vincent ‘not in my plans’ Janssen looking like he’ll never pull on a Spurs shirt again, what is Daniel Levy and Enic to do? The Enic Corp and Levy are genuinely stuck between a rock and a hard place, Tottenham need to sign players, our squad needs beefing up in midfield, fullback and up top, but this raises the question if the board can find money to invest in the squad when it looks like our season may be about to implode, why did the club not make signings in summer to try and avoid this situation in the first place?
It is again more reactive business done by the Tottenham board; waiting until a situation becomes so dire before they make any movement. There’s no denying that Levy and Enic are more bothered about growing the brand of Tottenham Hotspur than they are the actual team itself, which is why the current squad has been allowed to get to the point that it has. The only positive to come out of this situation at Spurs is that it does force Levy and the Enic Corp’s hand, either they now come out and back Pochettino fully and sign some players or they just push their head into the sand and hope that people forget about progressing the team and focus on the foam fingers and cheese rooms at the new ground.
In reality Spurs will probably be fine, we’ll probably finish in the top four, but is this all we want? Yes Spurs operate on a smaller budget than the rest of the big six and yes we’ve built a new stadium but is another season of being nearly there enough for our club? Another season of semi-final defeats and contract disputes is not a good look for the club as a whole and it really is time that Levy and the Enic Corp did something about that. The fans, the manager and the players seem to all be pulling in the same direction and the board must be aware that Pochettino is who garners the fans adoration and not themselves, all that can be hoped for is that the board use this window to finally back Pochettino, bolster the squad and hopefully be able to take ‘the next step’ that everyone at the club is talking about.
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