Another new dawn at White hart lane. It’s all change since last season when we were nailed on for third, then settled for fourth before Chelsea ruled us out of the champions league in circumstances, that I will never forget.
Harry Redknapp has gone, following him out of the door his assistants Joe Jordan, Kevin Bond and 1st team coach and Tottenham man Clive Allen.
Andre Villas Boas has become the new head coach on a three-year deal. The Portuguese manager had been out of work since his time managing London rivals Chelsea came to an end. Andre has brought in his own staff , Luis Martins as first team coach and Jose Mario Rocha as first team fitness coach along with Daniel Sousa as head of opposition scouting. The new assistant manager is White hart lane hall of fame entree Stefan Freund. Les Ferdinand, Tim Sherwood, Tony Parks, Chris Ramsey and Geoff Scott have all been kept on in there existing roles however there is talk of Tim Sherwood being promoted to a higher role within the new set up this is yet to be official confirmed.
The following Players have left so far permanently – Niko Kranjcar 6m, Vedran Corluka 5m, Steven Piennar 4.5m, Ledley King (retired), Ryan Nelsen (free), Louis Saha (free) Ben Alnwick (free) along with younger players whose contracts have not been renewed these being Oscar Jansson, Mirko Ranieri, Jessie Waller Lassen, Kudos Oyenuga, Lee Angol, Paul Mcbride, James Yeboah, Ronnie Hawkins and Ramil Sheriff.
Two more players who have moved on with their loans expiring are our top goalscorer from last season Emmanuel Adebayor who i do expect to join the club permanently once his negotiations with Manchester City have been concluded and young Brazilian Bruno Uvini who now according to reports looks set to join Italian giants AS Roma, he was also in the Brazil squad for the Olympics.
There has also been more exits from the lane on a loan basis with Bongani Khumalo heading to PAOK in Greece on a season loan, promising Australian youngster Massimo loungo has joined championship outfit Ipswich Town on a season loan and has already been earning rave reviews from his form in their pre season build up. Lightning quick winger Ryan Fredrick’s has joined league one Brentford on a season long loan. There is also talk but nothing yet confirmed on the OS, that Young goalkeeper Jonathan Miles ( Pictured below) will join Bishop Stortford on a season loan, and will hopefully follow in the footsteps of our young goalkeeper Jordan Archer who made the same loan move last season and performed admirably.
It would also seem likely that there could be further departures for players such as Heurelhio Gomes, Kyle Naughton, William Gallas, Sebastian Bassong, David Bentley, Ryan Mason ,Luka Modric, Jermaine Jenas, John Bostock, Giovanni Dos Santos, Simon Dawkins and Jon Obika.
There has been some incomings but with the transfer window shutting at the end of the month and our first game just five days away the fans would have liked there to have been plenty more, two strikers, a winger and a young goal Keeper come on Levy make it happen!!
Jan Vertongen has joined on the back of being the Dutch eredivisie player of the season and Ajax captain the tall classy center back will likely form a partnership with Younes Kaboul he cost around 8million and will be seen as the immediate replacement for Ledley King, Jan has signed a deal until 2016 and will wear the number 5 shirt.
Gylfi Sigurdsson joins on the back of a memorable loan at Swansea city in which he scored seven goals in eighteen appearances coming from an attacking midfield position, he is likely to be seen as the long-term replacement to Van Der Vaart , at just 22 he is a player for now and the future and a player with a potential for a large sell on value, he has joined from his former parent club Hoffenhaim from Germany for 10million he will wear the number 22 shirt this season and has signed a five-year contract until 2016.
Ezekiel Fryers who has not yet official been confirmed has joined the club from Manchester United pending a tribunal as united are entitled a fee for his development they are looking for around 6million, Spurs are looking to pay around 2million, so it will not be officially confirmed until a tribunal has set a fee. Ezekiel has played for spurs development squad in a 5-0 defeat to Middelsborough.
This looks a very promising signing as United wanted to keep the defender who can play at center back or left back and has been capped at Under 19 level for England, he made 6 first team appearances for United last season.
Steven Caulker has returned to the lane after a successful period at swansea gaining much-needed premier league experience. Since his return the 6ft 3 center back has signed a new long-term deal at the lane until 2016 has represented Team GB at the London Olympics and has now been called up to the England senior squad for the upcoming friendly against Italy in Switzerland. I would expect this season to be his breakthrough season at the lane and make between 20-25 appearances in all competitions. Steven has already made his debut for the club in the Carling cup defeat to Arsenal before he joined Bristol City on loan in the 2010 season.