In my Football manager addict days this time of the season was important. It was the time I would spend hours scouring the scout reports for those who’s contracts will be expiring soon. I remember the heady days of signing Taribo West for Burnley, or Daniel Amokachi for Neuchatel Xamax. Well now is the time for the real life clubs to follow suit.
With budget’s tighter than every these days it’s an important time of year for all clubs, even the one’s with money to spend. Spurs summer looks set to be a time of big changes for the squad, whether we want it to be or not. With many fringe players leaving, Spurs can look to some of these to possible solutions to repopulate the squad.
I remember when a host of clubs were after Drenthe back in 2007 after his show stealing performances in the Under-21 Euros. Real were the winning team and all was looking bright for Drenthes’ future. But as often happens in Madrid he found himself languishing in the B team. A loan spell to Everton has shown just how much talent the boy has, and Spurs will have to fight a host of clubs to win this potential bargain signature.
Drenthe has played 19 games and scored 3 goals this season, and more importantly has shown he has the speed and strength for the Premier League in abundance. Drenthe would join an already crowded area of the field, but the summer looks to be a time of changes for Spurs and who knows who’ll line up where next year. Whoever’s in the team, I’m sure there’d be room for Drenthe somewhere.
Spurs also have a pretty unique chance to grab France international and current Barca star Abidal. Left back/wing may seem like a position we have sorted, with BAE and Bale. But Eric would add depth in the case of a long term injury to the pair. He has also increasing played at centre back when called upon, an area which Spurs do need reinforcements in. At age 32 he still has several years of top flight football in those bounding, fast legs.
Most free signings are ageing players, or well travelled journeymen. 22 year old Colback offers Spurs the chance for something different, the chance to snap up an improving young talent before his fee increases. Colback has been part of a young, exciting Sunderland team. The versatile midfielder would probably be somewhat of a back-up initially, but he has shown promise of more in his 23 games for Sunderland this season
Much like Drenthe, Pogrebnyak (or Pog as I hope he likes to be called, as he inevitably will be) has made quite the mark since entering the Prem in the January window. Pogrebnyak is on loan at Fulham from Stuttgart and has scored 5 goals already this season (in the same number of matches). Spurs forwards have all contributed something this year, but none have given the impression they are clinical finishers. Pavel has. May not be a big enough name to lead the attack, but possibly a more capable understudy than Defoe or Saha.
Spurs don’t have goalkeeper troubles per sea, as Friedel is doing an admirable job between the sticks. But Old man Fridel is now 40 and can’t have that long left at the top level. Behind him is Gomes, a man who, entertain/comedy aside, most Spurs fans do not see as a long term solution. Therefore we are still in the need of a keeper, and German Adler could well be it.
A 10 cap international, and Leverkusen’s starting keeper for going on 5 years. Injuries have caused him problems over the last year, but with a year behind Friedel to regain form, the player aged just 27 the player could be a stalwart for the club for years to come.
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