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By George Lacey
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Tottenham blogger George Lacey summarises the Lilywhites’ transfer business.
As the transfer window slammed shut at 11pm on Monday night, it was confirmed that Spurs were the highest spenders in the Premier League after bringing in a total of seven new signings.
A whopping £108million was splashed out on new talent by the north London outfit. However, despite the high-profile signings including Spanish international striker Roberto Soldado and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho to name but a few, Spurs’ most significant signing came in the shape of newly-appointed technical director Franco Baldini.
It was the Italian Baldini who negotiated the transfers on Tottenham’s behalf, granting Andre Villas-Boas’ wish to bring in top players from around the world in a sensational influx at White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas announced his intention to work with a technical director at the start of the summer and his wish was granted by chairman Daniel Levy. As a result, a ruthless summer spending spree began as Spurs started to plan for life without Gareth Bale.
After a summer of haggling between Levy and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, a deal was finally announced the day before the window closed, confirming Bale’s status as the most expensive transfer in history at £85m.
In addition, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Clint Dempsey and Steven Caulker all left the club during the window for a combined fee of around £22m, meaning that despite the influx of stars Spurs they pretty much broke even overall.
Whether or not the transfer window was successful or not remains to be seen and only time will tell if the talented group of individuals that Tottenham have captured during the summer can gel to form a side that are capable of challenging for the Champions League places again come next May.
Replacing the 26 goals that Bale scored last season will be the biggest task for Villas-Boas’ side – and a lot of faith has been put into Roberto Soldado’s goalscoring prowess.
However, after four goals in four games so far, he looks equipped to carry the mantle as Tottenham’s new talisman in an exciting new era at White Hart Lane.
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