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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Transfer Window - An analysis

Those of you who wanted an exciting close to the transfer window were not disappointed yesterday even though the late striker arrival was not quite what we expected.

The window has been a busy one for Spurs once again. People forget when over one summer with Christian Gross in charge all we had to show was a left back called Tramazzani so the comings and goings during this window and the last two have shown the intent by the board and the manager that they really do mean business.

The transfer dealings actually started in January when we announced that Tainio was to arrive on a free transfer. I hadn’t heard of him myself but his displays in pre-season and in the opening matches show we have a player who is quick, can pass well and, most importantly, is better than what we already have. Our second Bosman transfer was Stalteri, a Canadian international with Champions League experience. He has already shown that he is not afraid of a tackle and can get forward. Whether he will be better in the long run that Stephen Kelly is not yet clear although he has added strength and depth. Tom Huddlestone arrived from Derby and is one very much for the future as is Aaron Lennon, a very quick, talented youngster who adds a lot of pace to the wings. Routledge joined as well who adds pace to the wing. He is better than Simon Davies but needs to improve his final ball.

The final day then became interesting. Kanoute had left a week before so we were all hoping for a striker. First to be signed was Jermaine Jenas from Newcastle. A full England international who is an attacking midfielder he does provide something that maybe our midfield lacked and that is hopefully goals. Lee followed him and is a highly rated left back. Clearly better than Edman he will slot into the team nicely. Speaking of Erik, he left for Rennes in a surprising move as it does leave us a little short in the left back position. Finally Grzegorz Rasiakn was signed in the very final minutes of the window. It was quite a surprise and I have to admit that I know very little about him. Looking at the stats he has shown he can score goals in the Championship and has international experience but he wasn’t the massive name we were all hoping for. However I think the move makes sense. Kanoute was let go for a number of reasons. His attitude about Mali and pre-season tours was the thing that ultimately finished him at Spurs but his ability to not show up in more matches than he did was another contributing factor. The chance to make a profit on a player who offered so much but in reality delivered much less was a chance we could not refuse. Jol and Co then looked at options. Kuyt would have been amazing but with Feyanoord asking silly money and Kuyt deciding to show some loyalty to his club it meant that that signing was not going to happen in this window. This left Spurs with a few options. Blow a lot of money on someone they didn’t really want or go for a back up option. They clearly assessed what we had. Two world-class strikers in Defoe and Keane and Mido, a big guy that either of the other two could play off. First choice is going to Mido and Defoe so we had to get a tall man in to provide cover. Spurs made their move for Grzegorz Rasiak to provide that cover for Mido. Rasiak will be happy to warm the bench while providing something different to Defoe and Keane. He will be fourth choice striker and will be happy to fill that role. This buy allows us to keep a large wedge set aside for further strengthening in January when we can hopefully get who we actually want without being held to ransom.

So this leave Spurs with cover once again in the forward positions with a much stronger squad overall. Kuyt would have been a great signing and would have meant that Levy and Co deserved an A+ for their dealings. It wasn’t to be but the window has still been a success and I think the sensible option of providing cover at a low cost while we wait for who we really want means that Levy and Jol still deserve a B+ score for their dealings.



Blogger Adrian Westlake said...

one thing you forgot to mention, was that we got lee for 1.36m which will prove out to be a huge bargain.

7:14 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really pleased with the signings.

7:27 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous doh said...

yeah... and Davids!!

7:37 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

With regards to Edmans transfer, the more I think about it, Rennes must have offered a large sum of cash, for Levy/Jol to even consider letting edman go. As has been pointed out a lot, we have no cover at LB now. Also Rennes finished 4th, which gives them CL cash. In addition, Rennes poor defensive record has been well documented too, so they were desperate for defenders, meaning they were keen to get a solid and dependable LB. And if solid and dependable is what you want, you can't do much better than Edman.
But if you a want pacey attacking LB to give you added attacking options then Lee is your, and now our, man.

I intend to keep an open mind on Jenas, I remember his first few games for Newcastle where he was immense. But since he hasnt really met those performances.

As for Rasiak, what I have seen of him on The Championship, he looks the business, but I dont remember him being especially tall...

As with all new signings, all we can hope is that when that pull on that sacred Spurs shirt, they up their game and become a part of the club, because when they do the fans will show their massive appreciation as we have done with Englands undisputed number 1.


7:49 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Husky said...

You forgot about Davids...

7:57 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope that the Polish geezer can play in our team without embarrasing himself. We have quite a squad now and if this guy can fill in for Mido for the next 3/4 games, and then prove a solid back-up afterwards, we should be OK.

8:05 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question is, can Jol keep all our players happy? Signing them is one thing but getting them to fit in without putting other players noses out of joint is another. Winning games is the key. Come on you Spurs!

8:21 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

u gave it a B+!!! r u mental lad? dont you realise we have signed 2 of the best 10 midfielders in the world, in one transfer window! i love the way levy and jol combine and i seriosly do want either of their babys...maybe both?


8:49 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

we will know how good this pol is if he put one past robbo, watch out mido think you gonna lose your place. ha you fool..

8:52 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The maain signing of the summer was Davids. A midfield leader who can teach Jenas, Carrick and Davis and Mendes and Tainio and huddlestone (?) etc, to be truly class midfielders. Lee for Edman is an impressive swap, especially since Lee was dirt cheap! Routledge and lennon are lightning and incredibly young. Jenas is a box to box attacker who is only 22. Rasiak is an interesting replacement for Kanoute. I agree about Kanoute being wayward, and Rasiak will not be following Mido to the African Nations, so that is a plus for the club. I thinkhe will be an insired choice, but only time will tell.

8:54 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Edgar Davids said...

er...u fuckin missed me out numbnuts (edgar davids). Not forgetting me chums reto ziegler who is out on loan...oh and davies, ricketts and atouba who pissed off!

8:55 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:49 anon.

when did jenas became one of the ten best midfielders in the world??

just about makes top ten in prem to be honest.

8:55 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

name your top ten then?

9:02 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

White Hart Thompson Thunderdome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:04 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

tesco stadium

9:10 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...


in no particular order

not my arguement though

9:18 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

swap murphy for jenas

9:28 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

pwhor that list is so biased; with exception to the odd fabregas and cahill additions

tough decision to pick the top 10 though; would just go for all of ours; give them a few years

the future is gonna be god damn interesting for us; and after so many mediocre years- i like the players weve signed over the last window and cannot wait for the january window action to see who goes and who comes

i dont want to see pedro leave; i think hes a class midfielder; itll be sad to see him go but i think he will not tolerate being a rotated or backup player

9:31 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:32 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Maybe a touch biased, but the top 2 are dominant at chelscum.Keane,not what he was but still up there as is Scholes, Gero is L/pool end of, the gooner as much as I hate it does look very capable. And we have that many we must have at least 3!

9:34 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes the Edman thing selling for 2 million replacing with a "better" player for 1.2 million, club make £800 000 profit, result good business, all round!

9:43 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you have to put xabi alonso in there too

9:45 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with anonymous

9:53 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

carrick......just about.

10:00 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can tell you spurs fans now we have agreed in principle 2 sign rosicky of dortmund and guess wat kuyt will join as well in jan. brown and mendes wil be off.up the mj blue army.

10:07 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kuyt is a massive gamble and I would say a costly one at 12mil

10:13 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rasiak will be better than Kanoute. Lee is better than Edman. Davids will go on the left, which is where he plays for Holland, so he will be happy. You need steel on the wings too you know. Leaving Carrick and Jenas in the center. England's understudy central pairing. It's all good. Trust me about Rasiak, he will be a revelation. He has physical presence and great touch. He can hold the ball and has good aggression in the air. Lacks a bit of pace, but it won't matter.

10:20 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen this comment about Davids a few times, Davids plays on the left of the central midfield pairing or on the left wing?

10:22 PM, September 01, 2005

Blogger TonyGalvinsShinpads said...

I think it would be a mistake to play Davids on the left wing, especially at home - Davids should really be ever present away when we need an added presence in midfield - looking forward to seeing all of our England squad members playing together.

10:25 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you all mad? i can only assume when you said midfielders you meant central midfielders? In what way is fabregas one of the best? Did you see the scum chelski game last year? him and flamini went missing all match! What about giggs, pires, ljungberg, parker, Hamann, thompson(actually very good), downing, ronaldo etc the list goes on of midfielders (ignoring age potential etc)that are better then Fabregas and Taino its not just biased its fucking stupid and if your talking world football, ballack, riquelme, baptista (midfielder before he played up front), zidane, emerson, kaka, gattusso, cambiasso, giuly, figo, valeron, aimar, rosicky, Joaquin, Xavi and so on... theres probably only 2 players in the english league to stake a claim in the top 10 in the world, Gerrard and Lampard who are probably the best 2 CM in the world, outside that I'd say theres a top 20 but couldn't break it down to a top 10! There is no spurs player close to being in the top 10! But that is nothing to be ashamed of and its stupid to say they are! Just as stupid as saying we'll finish 4th with all these new YOUNG players, 6th will do and will be bloody good considering the level of the premiership.

We should not be going around saying 4th and putting pressure on the club and ultimately looking like a bunch of clueless tossers!

10:30 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ten best>>
makalle ( wrong spelling i know )
zidane ( when he turns up)

what a great time to be a tottenham fan. Anyone who is complaining about any of transfer dealings should really get a life and fast. This is the best team in years and is more than capable of giving every team in the league a game that is if we keep 11 players on the pitch. When the midfiled eventually clicks up the gears it really will be a joy to watch as there is true quality right across the line and there all hungry for success which is what is required if you want to win things you need to be hnugry. There are only a few squads that can match ours now and no one will be looking forward to playings us the next say 5 years at least so give it time and all be revealed

10:30 PM, September 01, 2005

Blogger TonyGalvinsShinpads said...

Someone very famously said Man utd couldnt and wouldnt win a thing with a team of "kids", so I think 4th is not unrealistic - its all down to attitude and ambition - and inspiration from the management team - top 2 places are out of reach - agreed. And apart from some diehard scousers who in world football thought Liverpool would win the CL at the beginning of last season - I think we have got true quality across the pitch - this season will be all about desire - Davids is still ambitious and i amsure he will prove to be a true leader and inspiration to the team whenever he plays.

10:36 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear 10.22,

When we say on the left, we invariably mean on the left wing in a 4 man midfield. At least that's what I meant anyway. He has played on the left wing for Holland and been f*(king marvellous. I believe he has been told that he is in contention for the left midfield slot at germany 06 if he plays well for spurs.

10:36 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whey hey twatty bollocks, the question was centre of the park, and premiership!
If you my man are telling me that Parker/Thompson and Hamman are 3 of the top 10 premiership central midfielders then thank fukc you are not our gaffer! Still each to their own, clearly some of the other posts were biased towards our Spurs but its a bit of fun. Could be a good thread though, who would swap Davids/Carrick and Jenas for Hamman/Thompson and Parker?

10:40 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can that iPod freak please f-off with all his ad shite

10:42 PM, September 01, 2005

Blogger qp boy said...

Hello all,

I'm a huge 'Spurs fan from Canada ( yes we are a small demographic )

I've been following them for some time now and I'm really happy with the moves. To a certain degree.
Lee was unnescary, Edman was quality back there. No need for change.

Up front we are fine. Rasiak should be good.

I think the crowd in midfield is where we will have problems. I like davids, carrick, Mendes, Routledge, and Jenas. Tanio is playing out of postiojn on the flank but where do we find space in the middle of the park for him?
Ried, hes just not fit. Great left peg but no pace and very little ambition to move up field fast. Wish Zeigler had no been loaned out.

Just my 2 cents from Canada

10:44 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either play Davids on the left or Jenas on the right. Either way, Carrick, Davids and Jenas must be first choice in the middle, with Carrick doing a Makalele.

We have so many adaptable players who are more than capable in many positions now (Lee can play on the wing or in defense, Davids center or left, Jenas center or right, the list goes on) it's scary. Total football is on it's way to the Lane, and Jol can really exercise his tactical skills with the players available.

10:45 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time for a formation change

10:47 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Greetings to you from London from a fellow spurs fan.

I have to say though, don't agree with all your points.

Firstly, Lee was far from unnecessary. You wait til you see this guy in action. He's equally good in attack as he is solid in defense. He's aggressive, skilfull and very pacey. Respect to Edman, but this guy is a different class. Edman actually asked to move because he wants regular first team football to make sure of his Sweden place.

As for 'oh but we must accomodate such and such because we spent money blah blah': no. What is happening at Spurs is very subtle but important. We are becoming a player dealership like all the massive clubs. All the players we have bought have been sound investments. Witness the difference from the old days. We made a profit on Edman, Atouba, Davies, Kanoute to name a few. It's about the club, and as Fergie has demonstrated at United, no player is too big for the chop.

About chubby chops, I am no blind Reid fan, but I never tire of setting the record straight. He really isn't fat. The medical staff at the lane carry out various tests on the players, and they have stated that Reid is the fittest player at the club.

Mind you, rumour has it he asked for his shirt to be covered in batter so he can have a nibble during the game (stolen from another blog).

10:55 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The left wing just looks dodgy with Reid who does not deserve to be playing in our first team until he has lost some wait.

11:04 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We won't play Reid we'll play with 2 wing backs instead of to full backs and 2 wingers. Thats the difference with Stalt and Pyo as opposed to Pama/Kelly and Edman.

3-5-2 or 3-5-1-1

11:07 PM, September 01, 2005

Blogger TonyGalvinsShinpads said...

I didnt realise so many people had it in for mr reid - personally i think he offers something different to the squad and i can remember watching a certain mr gascoigne who was never the most athletic looking person.

11:07 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

formation. go back to the diamond of old time. and as much as i hate to admit it, i would put christiano ronaldo in the top ten. the boy has skill and porential.

jenas not sure about.

rasiak. I saw him plat a lot in the championship, and all his goals were speacial. but then that is the championship. Look at bobby zamora. good at championship level. but then not at prem.

nuff said

Jermain'd a freind

11:08 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does a fat little kid like Riedget in ahead of Mendez. Play Mendez on the left until the next transfer window. The most experienced mebers of the squad should always be playing.

11:08 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Playing players out of position is bollocks, does them no favours or the balance and shape of the team. Teemu hasn't been half as effective out of centre, neither mendes, Jenas on either flank is bollocks as his spell at Newcastle proved.We have a big enough squad with enough quality that we should be able to adapt, change formation etc to suit our players strengths, if it means somemissing out tough shit thats life.

11:16 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

where does this guy who said rosicky is a tottenham player " in agreement" get his info from?

11:34 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous paul said...

first team squad of 34 7 or 8 have 2 go who,s 4 the hi-jump in jan window

11:44 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous rui_costa said...

Very happy with YP Lee finally signing - I was really impressed with the guy after watching a few CL matches and Dutch Eredivisie highlights. Against AC Milan he was a constant threat and set up several goalscoring chances.

Jenas should hopefully fill the attacking/goalscoring midfielder position we desperately needed, to provide the link-up/support between midfield and attack.

I don't know why we didn't go for Andy van der Meyde, after persistent rumours linking him with us at the time of Edgar Davids signing. I believe he would have displaced Andy Reid on the left wing - and he can and does play on the right wing too, so would be a great cover for injured Routledge, if Jol must play Reid every game!

I'm really puzzled at Reid starting every game for us - is there a clause in his contract guaranteeing him first team place unless injured?....

11:47 PM, September 01, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone slagging reid off obviously hasnt been to the games this season. i have. the guy doesnt stop running his bollox off and tackling back. he delivers a decent ball too.

davids will not be played as a winger. jol has stated he was signed as steel in the middle of the park which we lacked.

mendes on the wing? the guy who said that obviously knows fuck all about football - how can u play a born and bread right footed, short passing, possession keeping centre midfielder on the left wing - it defies belief.

tainio CAN play out wide and often drifts in to make up a very narrow centre 3 - leaving stalteri with the space to move forward and deliver (so far ineffective balls).

rasiak has been bought to win headers, plain and simple. he has great feet however, and often features on soccer am 'show boat'

that is all, i thank u.

12:00 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry, but whoever writes about the top 10 midfielders in the world and doesn't include RONALDINHO must b stupid!

Gonna b a good season 4 the yid's!

12:03 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone was saying stalteri is a better attacking option than kelly..........?
i'm not buyin it, kelly is class, i'd have him in every time.
and i cant understand why we gave stalteri the number 7 shirt.

1:04 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

12.00 spot

1:25 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure, playing people out of position can work, ie look how King benfited from his season as a centre mid. Nothing harder for a player say a left footer to be told to play on the right side of midfield. It can work cos the chap would tend to cut inside his say right back marker, who would be weaker on this left foot, hence giving the attcker a better chance of shotting. Hence Atobars goal at Newcastle, and Stephan Dalmart's genuius.


1:53 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, calm down. Time will tell. I think in January Robbie Keane will go and Mr. Jol, consider a potential player in Celtic called Craig Beattie please.

2:29 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Brad said...

All this banter is good but if we really knew what we were talking about we would be calling the shots at Spurs rather than BMJ. Everyone should just relax, sit back and enjoy the ride! Its going to be a cracking season for us Spurs supporters and there will undoubtedly be a few occasions where we are the ones providing the upsets for once and handing the likes of ManU, Chelski and the gooners their backside on a plate! Keep the faith in Jol and Levy, they know what they are doing!


2:58 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the formation change.

For what its worth my team would be


GK Robbo

LCB Gardner
CB King
RCB Dawson

LCM Davids
CM Carrick
RCM Jenas
RWB Stalteri

FWD Mido
FWD Defoe

Carrick will drop and hold the midfield and provide cover for the 3 centrebacks.

Formation could easily be changed in game by subbing Gardner for Tanio or Routledge such that Lee and Stalteri drop into traditional Left Back roles, Davids goes LW and Tanio/Routledge go RW

Too easy!!!


3:44 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Shelf thinks that if we get Kuyt, Levy and Co would get a A+ and since they didn't they get a B+.
That's naive I'm sorry to say.We have the most forward looking management team and a shrewd chairman in Levy.While Rick Parry of Liverpool don't go as far as picking up a phone to pursue Owen,we have a chairman that went to Italy at the last day of the transfer window to trash out a deal b'cos of the sense of urgency of getting a extra striker.
He even have the contingency laid out when we actually call Derby at 7.00pm when it seems all esle have failed at Italy.
I don't know of another chairman with such dedicationa and we are very lucky to have him.
The Kuyt transfer is not just about giving the 12mil Feyenoord's also about the other transfers which we are pursuing and the other clubs are pursuing.For example, do you guys know that if Newcastle have not bid for Owen, the Jenas transfer would not have gone through ?
There is more current under the surface and Levy and Co. deserve great praise and gratitude from spurs fans.Of all the EPL clubs we have probably pulled out the most value added deals.


4:42 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is 2 ways to look at the Kuyt affair this transfer window.It's either shrewd gamesmanship or another one who got away.
Van Bommel indicated in 2004 he wants to come to Spurs but we are hesitant than as he had just returned from injury. We knew that subsequently he went to Barca but we nearly got him for as low as 5mil. His subsequent comments toward spurs was one of spite as he claims that we are not big enough for him.
History seems to repeat itself with Kuyt, some of you thinks that the window transfer window is going to pull his price down further but the opposite may happen.He might have scored 20 goals for Feyenoord and good heavens what he would cost by then.
But you can't circumvent all these issues as chance events do happen.
But at least there is very little left to upgrade in the midfield and defense department and we could concentrate on bringing a real big name striker in Jan.Maybe even someone that cost more than 12mil. : )...Van Nisterooy,Kuyt,Ronaldo etc....


10:29 AM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a look at this goal if you're unsure of what our Pole-Yid is capable of...

Not bad eh?


12:56 PM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rasiak can play i tell you.for a big man he's got a great touch and scored some good goals last season,he may be a very good signing.I watched him play and he moves like chris waddle can't wait hope he does well

11:08 PM, September 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rasiak move like Chris Waddle ?...or good heavens..this is the new millinieum we don't want players from the 90's.Yup. Saw the goal on Derby's website.That's a great goal for the championship, you not going to see one go in like that at premiership.
Hope he cut it, man...we need a target man upfront and not fancy footwork.

6:46 AM, September 03, 2005


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