In football as in life, hindsight is always 20/20 and there are some dissenting Spurs voices that have greeted the impressive displays shown by Jonathan Woodgate in his first two outings as a Stoke City player.
Woody played half a game for Spurs last season after being beset by injuries over the last two years. The irony of that sole outing – a solid performance in the San Siro against AC Milan which led to another injury just seemed to sum up a dreadful couple of seasons.
There had been talk of Woodgate being offered a pay as you play deal at Tottenham but the club let him go, allowing Stoke to take him on a free. After a solid start against Hajduk Split in the Europa League, Woody was arguably man of the match in Stoke’s first Premiership game against Chelsea yesterday.
“I thought he (Woodgate) and Ryan, the two centre-halves, were absolutely fantastic,” Tony Pulis told reporters after the game.
While there are some Spurs fans already wondering whether the club have done the right thing, there is a long time left in the season and while we all hope that Woody stays fit and playing, he is now off the wage bill and ultimately the club has made the right decision on this one.