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Daniel Grigg, London24 Spurs columnist
Saturday, September 3, 2011
“I always saw Cahill as a luxury player to begin with, rather than a necessity, so missing out on him wasn’t so big a deal for me.”
Tottenham Blogger: It was a strange final day of the transfer window for Tottenham, lacking so much of the urgency and stress of others in recent memory.
After Scott Parker was signed early on, and with the minimum of fuss, the later hours were spent chasing Gary Cahill, while the rumours of interest in the likes of Kaka and Mario Balotelli were worth chatting about, even if they were never going to happen.
I always saw Cahill as a luxury player to begin with, rather than a necessity, so missing out on him wasnt so big a deal for me.
The fact Spurs didnt match Boltons valuation seems to suggest that there wasnt a desperate need for him - they surely would have done had the Tottenham hierarchy really been worried about Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul.
Keeping hold of Luka Modric was, I believe, a very good thing. While Spurs might never get offered 40million pounds for him again, the games against Manchester United and Manchester City showed that if the Lilywhites are to do anything this season they will need the mixture of creativity and control that Modric, at his best, provides.
Also, with Chelsea having signed Raul Meireles from Liverpool, their interest in Modric must have greatly reduced, which should hopefully help the Croatian midfielder to settle back into being a Tottenham player again.
The acquisition of Emmanuel Adebayor around a week before the window closed also meant that this time, unlike January, there was a lot less checking of watches and biting of nails.
Mercifully, there was less listening out for strikers who may have been en route to White Hart Lane and, thankfully less of that horrible sinking feeling you get late on when hope turns into desperation and you think surely, surely they cant have let another transfer window go without signing a proper goal scorer!.
The main reason for staying up late this time was making sure that Stoke Citys 10m signing of Peter Crouch did actually go through - it took forever to be officially announced.
Crouch may have played a vital role in Spurs Champions League success last season, but its hard not to feel elated at his departure when you consider he is nearly 31 years old, and especially when you compare Stokes extraordinary valuation against his awful record of just 12 goals in 73 league matches for Tottenham.
However, the BBC still had Spurs bracketed with Everton as the two worst performing clubs throughout transfer deadline day, basing it almost entirely upon the flawed logic that a team who sells a few players must have done really badly.
In reality, in my view, Tottenham didnt do badly at all. Selling Crouch and Wilson Palacios for a combined 18m was brilliant business especially when the Honduran had even slipped below Jake Livermore in the pecking order in midfield.
Admittedly, Spurs could have got more for Alan Hutton, but neither he nor Jermaine Jenas were likely to play much anyway, so it was worth sending them off to Aston Villa. Meanwhile, the fact they found somebody willing to take David Bentley on loan for a year was a miracle in itself.
With a front six of Scott Parker, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Rafael van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham should at the very least ask some severe questions of almost any defence in the Premier League - the important thing now is to become a real team again, and to build a little confidence, starting with Wolves next weekend.