Tottenham Hotspur supporters started this summer with a sense of optimism, which quickly turned to joy when Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke signed on the same day. We all thought that this was a show of intent that suggested a change in the club’s philosophy, but since then weeks of inactivity have followed and optimism quickly turned to negativity amongst the fanbase.
Now, with just hours to go before the transfer window shuts, Spurs fans find themselves in familiar territory. The club have once again waited until the very last moment to try and conduct the bulk of their business.
This is a policy that has sometimes reaped rewards, most noticeably when Daniel Levy returned home Real Madrid with the cut-price ‘present’ that was Rafael van der Vaart. Yet for every success, there have been more failures. Deals that did not get over the line because time ran out. Substandard players bought in desperation.
With the clock ticking, Tottenham are said to be close to the signings of Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon. The Nice right-back Youcef Atal is another reported target who could be signed before the deadline ends. Bookies focusing on Premier League predictions have at the time of writing, priced Dybala as short as 1/12 to join the club, with Lo Celso at 1/14.
If Spurs could get a couple of those players in then you would have to say that it’s been a successful transfer window. Three and it’s a very good one indeed. All four and the petition to have Levy knighted starts here. It would be Tottenham’s greatest ever transfer deadline day and surely also, one of the best ever for any club in the Premier League era.
Yet as good as the news filtering seems to be, history tells us to be cautious. No one would be surprised if everything broke down and we ended up resigning Fernando Llorente on a free transfer and perhaps a veteran English goalkeeper.
Strap yourself in and get ready for the most nervous transfer deadline day of your lives. Of course, the club could put us out of our misery and announce these signings early on in the day and we can all go outside and enjoy the sun, but there’s also the far more likely scenario that as the hours pass we’ll still be waiting and growing more frantic, glued to Sky Sports News and constantly refreshing Spurs Community’s ITK page.
Will this be Spurs’ best ever transfer deadline day, or the biggest disappointment?