Tottenham Hotspurs biggest problem coming towards the end of the season was how would they hang on to Gareth Bale. They just missed out on a top four finish last season and without the prospect of Champions League football next year all thoughts on how they would persuade the Player of the Year to stay at least another year. So what do Spurs go and do? Do they fight off bids? Do they hold talks with the player in hoping that he might stay with a wage increase? Well no actually.
Although there have been no official reports of yet of any bids from clubs worthy of making headlines, Spurs don’t exactly go wasting to time to wait for them to come in. They go and do one better and instead of talking to Gareth Bale to try and convince him to stay they show him. With £17m now spent on bringing new boy Paulinho. And they even managed to grab him from Real Madrid who have showed interest in the player.
But the signing of Paulinho this summer is more than bringing in a fresh new face to the squad, it’s a statement of intent from the North London club. They have missed out on Champions League football now for the past two season, although finishing fourth in 11/12 season only to be denied by Chelsea. And this season with Man City being so poor they were even touted for a title challenge at certain points in the season. Spurs have a goal. And that is to move forward.
It’s an usual move for the Spurs board who are renowned for getting good end of transfer window deals but with the club so close to breaking into the top four it cant afford to continue that policy this season as there may not be anyone left to sign by that time. It also wouldn’t be very attractive to top players such as David Villa, who has become a target for the club this summer if they are seen as a last minute bargain rather than a top asset to the club.
With the ‘special one’ returning to Chelsea, Man Utd in a strange new world of a transition of managers, Man City in the same boat and Arsenal currently going backwards, it couldn’t be a better time Spurs to nudge a place in the top four. But with all of the above mentioned clubs spending big this summer, including Arsenals surprise £30m bid for Suarez, Spurs cant expect to break into those European Places without strengthening their squad and maybe even letting go a few dead weights such as Adebayor.
All in all so far this summer it all looks good for the future at Spurs but next season is do or die. Failing to qualify for the Champions League next season would be disastrous for the club as they cannot hope to hold on to these players at the club otherwise. Its time for the club to go from ‘Almosts’ to a force in the Premier League.
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