The clock has just gone to twenty past six, another week of business comes to an end, Luka Modric is still a Tottenham player, who is being payed £40,000 a week and not in the right state of mind to pull on the famous lillywhite shirt of Tottenham Hotspur.
Until that yellow ticker, flashes across the bottom of the skysports news he will remain our player, however much the notorious Madrid tabloids namely Marca like to make out, or any of these so-called ITK’s on twitter. This week however did see the official Real Madrid website publicise a picture of our little magician as a first team player that they owned, is an announcement imminent who knows, from the stats against Newcastle in last weeks 2-1 defeat it can be shown that we missed him as our normally high passing percentage was down on the figures of last season, there is no doubting Luka Modric ability as a world-class footballer, the only team he wouldn’t get in the central midfield of is that Real’s great rivals in La Liga Barcelona.
I hope Daniel Levy a man whose judgement and iron fist as described by ex spur Chris Perry this week in a talksport interview, holds out for near to the 40million mark as this is what if you look around at the transfer market he is easily worth. He will leave this window and we will lose a world-class player, but we need to get the money and move on from this affair before it disrupts anymore of AVB’s settling in period.
Andre Villas Boas in his pre West Brom interview, has stated that he did not mind if Mr Tottenham, Michael Dawson where to stay and fight for his first team place, or to leave the club with a bid having been accepted from Queens Park Rangers of around 10m, Stoke City and Sunderland are also reportedly keen, this is great business for an injury prone 28yr old who we purchased in an 8m double deal with Andy Reid in 2005. Solid in the air, fully committed and apparently told he was to be the skipper for the season, this news came as a surprise to some, however it must be noted that he does not fit into AVB’s high line tactics as he lacks the required pace, and we are already very well stocked in the center back position with William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertongen and Steven Caulker battling for two spaces amongst four.
Some will be sad of he does move on to pastures new, as he is labelled as one of the few genuine nice guys left in football, but i sense AVB means business with this no-nonsense attitude and if he doesn’t believe in Dawson’s ability and we can get a fee of around 10m, then I am fully behind this decision to move him on, he will always be a warm favorite of the White hart lane faithful, and receive a similar reception on return as what Paul Robinson has come to expect. Good luck Daws and goodbye.
Tom Huddlestone underwent a medical at Stoke City this week and it was ex gunner Jermaine Penant of all people who confirmed this via his twitter account. Tom was set to join the potters on a season long loan deal in order to build up match fitness and be playing games week in week out, this evening reports are coming out stating that terms cannot be agreed and that deal may now fall through. The idea of Loaning Tom out albeit first came as a shock seems like a good idea in theory as he could return next season the Tom we all know spraying about balls from his (Quarter back) role and unleashing bullet shots into the top corner, lets not forget that this man captained us our in the San Siro against Inter Milan in our biggest match of the last 20 years, i hope the move does in fact go through for Tom’s sake as i don’t see him getting many games for spurs this season in an already overcrowded midfield and him not currently fitting into the pressing style that AVB expects from his troops. I hope we see a more fit and mobile Tom next season raring to push on.
Chris Houghton still seems to have some loyalty to Spurs, after this week confirming the 5.5million signing on Sebastian Bassong.The Cameronian international had spend last season on loan at relegated Wolves after a disappointing campaign and with us already being well stocked at center back i expected Mr Levy to try and move him i did not expect such a high fee to be received it seems Daniel Levy pounced on the fact that Norwich had just conceded 5 in there opening game to Martin Jol’s impressive looking Fulham. Bassong a 8million signing from Newcastle will be remembered for some important goals he scored for the club, especially on his debut against Liverpool the season we finished 4th in 08/09 and Sebastian also scored our first ever champions league goal away to Young Boys of Bern a vital away goal as we were trailing 3-0 at that point. Good luck Sebastian i suspect you will be very busy this season.