Tottenham: The Deadline Day Signings

A Tottenham transfer deadline day is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. Ok, it’s not. It’s a damn lot more exciting, though.

And Tottenham are the Sky cameras’ favourite deadline day club knowing full well the amount of deals Daniel Levy likes to try and conclude. This time is was Gary Cotteril in all his goofy-‘toothedness’ standing outside giving up to the date reports of the comings and goings from the Spurs Lodge.

It lived up to it’s billing. I don’t know any other ground where in a cheeky dig at Man City’s new signing, a dial-a-cab taxi would nonchalantly drive past with a ‘Maicon’ sign on the window – a comical nod to the two nights where Maicon was outplayed by a wonderful Gareth Bale. And that’s being nice to him!

Anthony Costa of boy band Blue was even there. I’m sure he probably gave a great rendition of “All Rise” to the natives, perhaps prophesying how we’d all feel after a truly brilliant window.

In the end, however, Tottenham’s last signing of the day, wrapped up within the final hour, was American, Clint Dempsey to join the already signed French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham missed out on the main transfer of the day, Porto’s centre midfielder, Joao Moutinho, and also saw Rafael Van der Vaart move back to his old club Hamburg.

It was disappointing but this shouldn’t detract from what has been a great window for Tottenham. The signing of Hugo Lloris is in itself a real coup for Tottenham. It’s not often a goalkeeper of his standing is available and actually wants to sign for the club.

Lloris would expect to walk straight into the Tottenham team and being one of the world’s top goalkeepers you wouldn’t really blame him. As with all players, though, Villas-Boas expects him to fight for his place reaffirming his belief in Friedel as the number one for the time being.

Hugo Lloris is, however, a better goalkeeper and more suited to the role Spurs need the goalkeeper to perform – a ‘sweeper keeper’. No offence to Brad but he loves his white line as much as sweaty, toilet-cubicle hanging rockstars.

He remains, however, a brilliant goalkeeper, saving Tottenham against Norwich on Saturday. But his reluctance to leave the line and not dominate the box really cost Spurs three points against West Brom.

The France captain and goalkeeper doesn’t do this. He’s agile with great reflexes and isn’t afraid to take control of a situation within his own box. At just 25 years old he has the potential to be number one for the next 10 years.

The signing of Clint Dempsey was a bit out of the blue. He looked certain to go to Liverpool but as they didn’t stump up the money Fulham wanted he became a Tottenham player.

Tottenham seem to be making a habit out of taking Liverpool targets being the second one this summer!

Dempsey has the ability to play in midfield or upfront and was bought for his versatility more than anything. Fulham played him in four different positions – all across midfield and up top – in which he scored in every position and assisted in all but one.

Playing on the right of a front three, he would offer goals and immense work rate.

His 17 Premier League goals last season was only bettered by three people: Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero. He ended up with 23 goals in all.

He’s willingness to graft and his never say die attitude is a great asset to have and one which Tottenham will need after only two points from their opening three games. Once the players have settled in and got used to the new system, Tottenham should start picking up points.

Besides, I expect things to be quite a bit different from the “Fackin’ run araaand a bit!” days of old.

Hugo Lloris is a brilliant acquisition for the club and Clint Dempsey is an intelligent signing so here’s a thought: Get behind the manager and support the team.


Written by William Hold

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