So Daniel Levy has finally confirmed that Andre Villas Boas will be head coach of Tottenham Hotspur after signing a three year deal with the club, thank god that’s over!
It was beginning to feel like the managerial equivalent to Eden Hazard’s transfer. Now that the manager is in place let the player swapping begin. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vetonghen are both set to be added to the squad with the likeliness of Luka Modric leaving becoming more obvious by the day and according to The Sun Brad Friedel will be fighting for his place next season also.
The British paper reports that Spurs are looking into making France and Lyon number one, Hugo Lloris, their latest recruit as they will start to rebuild, again, in order to hunt down that Champions League spot. Spurs started to look into it once the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said “Lloris can go, but only for a decent price in relation to the market.”
Going into the Euro’s Lloris was probably seen as the only member of the France squad to not be world class, with each other area of the team having at least one individual that plays at the highest level. Of course we now know that the ‘individuals’ are part of the problem within the France set up, something evident when they surrendered to Spain quicker than, well the French.
Lloris though pulled off a number of good saves in that match and during the group stages. He is used to playing consistently at the top level both domestically and on the international stage. Freidel had a great season last year but at 41 I doubt he will be playing for much longer even though we know keepers have a longer sell by date.
Spurs should go for the jugular with Lloris and approach Lyon immediately. We all know how long it takes for a Spurs signing to be made without Harry Redknapp – remember the Berbatov saga? I haven’t slept so well in years – so this time Levy should just give them the amount they want and buy him.
At 25 he will be around for at least a decade and with a new defender, midfielder and hopefully a striker Levy can give AVB what he didn’t have at Chelsea, loyal players. The extent of the player power at Chelsea will probably never be fully divulged but it’s plain to see it exists and was part of the reason for AVB’s dismissal. With King retired, Modric on his way out and a large chance Adebayor won’t be returning to the Lane, a new core of players can reinvigorate the spine Spurs that was tender and frail at times last season.
Hugo Lloris is a very good keeper and with time can become a great one. Freidel has been the most consistent keeper for Spurs for a while after Gomes and Robinson only showed glimpses of quality but unfortunately for Brad time is not on his side. Lloris does have time on his side and I doubt will be fazed by joining a club with such high expectations. Only time will tell but things are looking up for Spurs.
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