I’ve never been one for sporting directors, or even a whole lot of scouts, but I have a good feeling about the current regime. With who’s in charge, we look strong and positive, with our transfer dealings. Sure, we may not have signed a whole host of players, but recent years have shown us that we don’t need a lot of signings to make our team strong. It’s the players we get linked with, and ultimately sign, that define our team.
The tag team of Mauricio Pochettino and Paul Mitchell that worked wonders at Southampton has moved to Tottenham recently, can be seen in the transfer targets that the club has been linked with. Usually, we get linked with players who could potentially be good, but could be equally as bad. Now, we get linked to players who are solid, proven in the Premier League and good enough for our team. Player like Saido Berahino, a young proven goal scorer in the Premier League, Sven Bender and Christophe Kramer who are ball winning defensive midfielders, the type that Pochettino loves, and all these players show to us, the fans, that the manager is finally picking players and the board are going after them and pursuing them. It worked with Redknapp (to a degree) and Levy realizes that this is the way forward.
The way that Tottenham has conducted the transfer business has been commendable. A steady transfer window was what the club needed, and fortunately everyone was on board with the plan. It works when Mitchell and Pochettino work together, as it clearly worked at Southampton, and when Baldini and Levy essentially stay quiet, and just get deals done and stick to the business side, then things will work out. No one in the Premier League works finances better than Daniel Levy, and I can imagine that Franco Baldini has some strange charm that makes everyone love him all of a sudden.
Just because Tottenham haven’t been as vocal about their business, I don’t think that means they have been doing nothing with their time. The coaching staff have been looking at the current squad, assessing who needs to move and who deserves a chance. Pochettino likes to bleed youngsters through, and if pre season is anything to go by, players like Josh Onomah and my hometown boy Dele Alli will play a big part in the season. Levy must love not having players thrown at him with the manager and having the choice of saving money.
One of the things that fans will have to remember is whether the players we look to bring in can be with us for many years. I see that many fans would have liked us to sign Yohan Cabaye, but in hindsight, it is probably a good thing that we missed out on him. It means that we aren’t looking for quick fixes that after a few years may falter away and lose their legs, but we are after young players that can grow under a manager who can grow players, similarly to the way that anyone can play Football Manager and develop the new Lionel Messi. The fact that the board are preparing to give Pochettino and Mitchell the freedom to look at young players like Berahino, N’jie and Kramer, with the oldest being 24.
It is a time to look at and be patient as a Tottenham Hotspur fan. If we want to achieve our goals, we will need a few years of staying as we are as the young players develop. We will need to wait to see our youngsters at our new stadium, and hopefully, some silverware at the same time.