Following the Manchester massacres, Spurs finally got their season up and running with an excellent win away at Wolves.
After soaking up the pressure in the first half, we took the lead through the debutant Emanuel Adebayor, before Jermain Defoe made sure of the points. It was refreshing to see two Spurs strikers playing together and both getting on the score sheet, while in midfield Scott Parker impressed alongside transfer victim Luka Modric.
On the wings Gareth Bale still isn’t at his best, but he will improve with more games and Niko Kranjcar played a part in both goals. At the back Ledley King once again showed his class (who knows how good Spurs could be with a player of his calibre fit each week) and his partner Younes Kaboul reassured fans that with the right partner he has the ability to succeed. Kyle Walker and ‘Mr Consistency’ Benoit Assou Akotto both looked assured and determined to keep their places in the team.
After conceding more goals in two games then he would usually concede in a month; Brad Friedel looked his commanding self and made one world class save to keep the scores level. The signing of the American has been criticised, but I believe at the end of the season fans will look back and realise that he’s a lot less error prone than Gomes and the defenders feel safer with his presence behind them.
Harry rightly pointed out than Molineux is a tough place to pick up points and after leaving with all three, hopefully Spurs can take that form into the next fixture with Liverpool. Redknapp informed the media this weekend that Heurelho Gomes was looking to leave in January and apparently Giovanni was close to leaving too.
With more players looking to leave, the lack of consistency in defence and only three recognised strikers, Spurs may have to complete some business in January.
The general opinion is that the board are holding onto the clubs funds whilst the manager’s future hangs in the balance, but if the right players are identified by Harry, maybe Daniel Levy will put the team’s needs first and sanction the deals.
These are the players I believe Spurs should be looking at bringing in:
Asmir Begovic – The more I see of this goalkeeper, the better he gets. Chelsea and Spurs have both scouted and considered the twenty four year old Bosnian keeper in previous transfer windows, and I don’t think it will be long until a bigger club snaps him up.
He very rarely makes errors in judgement and at six feet, five inches he has a great presence in the area. At such a young age he has a big future in the game and the player now has plenty of Premier League experience. If landing Begovic wasn’t possible I would consider Wayne Hennessey of Wolves.
Gary Cahill – After coming close to landing Cahill recently, I hope that Spurs haven’t blown their chances of landing the commanding defender this season. The asking price was high considering the player’s contract is running low and obviously this was the sticking point whilst negotiating with Bolton.
Of all the top teams in the Premier League, only United look solid at the back, so there’s every chance we may now have to fight for his signature. Without Champions League football, Cahill will probably look elsewhere, which would be a shame as there aren’t many players with his ability. If landing Cahill doesn’t happen, Spurs should turn their attention to Phil Jagielka.
Leandro Damiao – I really hope that our affiliation with International can secure the Brazilian’s signature, because with every month that passes his value is increasing. The classy forward has every attribute required to be a world class talent and he must now be on the radar of every ambitious European side, after his recent displays for club and country.
With the success of Damiao’s national teammate Sandro at Spurs, hopefully Daniel Levy will offer what’s required to sign the prolific Brazilian.
To purchase these three players would prove expensive, but the funds are in place and by adding players of this quality to the squad, Daniel Levy will be assembling a talented crop of stars to attract a top coach to the club once Harry leaves.