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By London24’s Spurs blogger Daniel Grigg
Monday, June 11, 2012
Tottenham fan Daniel Grigg says Niko Kranjcar’s departure underlines a positive factor of Spurs’ strict policy on wages.
Tottenham’s strict wage structure is generally viewed as the most prohibitive factor in the club’s development these days, leaving them with an annual fight to retain their best players and attract the best available talent.
However, Niko Kranjcar’s departure last week underlined the other side of the coin – Spurs have always found it relatively easy to find clubs who can afford the players that they no longer want.
By keeping wages low - at least in terms of the top Premier League clubs - we’ve increased the number of clubs, both domestically and abroad, who have been able to afford the valuations and wages of our players, whenever they’ve become available.
Tottenham may fall short of their Champions League more often than not but, as a club who are genuinely fighting for the top four, we will always find willing buyers for our dead wood - be it from the likes of Dynamo Kiev or Stoke.
Levy is certainly in a better situation this summer than a club like Liverpool, who are paying foolishly excessive wages to the likes of Stewart Downing, Joe Cole and Jordan Henderson, given what they actually produce on a consistent basis.
Kranjcar is the latest in a long line to leave White Hart Lane in the last year, which has seen Spurs bring in substantially more transfer money than has been spent. That should be reversed in this summer transfer window.
We’ve banked a decent fee for the Croatian too, reportedly just over £5million – similar to the amount Wolves paid for Jamie O’Hara last summer.
That is double what Tottenham originally paid to sign Kranjcar from Portsmouth, when the south-coast club had been looking to cut their own unmanageable wage-bill.
That £5m fee may not be a huge amount for an experienced, 27-year-old Premier League and international footballer who was in Euro 2012 action last night.
But, in reality, it’s not bad at all for a midfielder with some major limitations - mainly surrounding his lack of pace and stamina, in a league where you need plenty of both.
Add to those issues that he played less than 11 hours of league football last season and I think it’s the right decision, for both the player and the club.
Having said all of this, there are always exceptions – Spurs have so far failed to shift Giovani Dos Santos and David Bentley.
Believe it or not, Bentley has just reached the end of his fourth season at Spurs, and amazingly he still has two years left on his current contract.
It is sure to be his last in north London, having played a mere 42 league matches in his four seasons – and just two in the last two.