A Predictable Way to End a Satisfying Window

Jamie McDonald

January 31st has yet again left a sour taste in many a Spurs fan's mouth, but in reality it was a predictable end to a decent transfer window. It is important to remember that Tottenham's two main signings this window are a major upgrade over the two main signings last January and we not only let go of deadwood, but we also sent promising youngsters out on loan.


Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege for £3 million - Levy finally secured a player who had interested us since the summer, whilst screwing United out of £6 million, which is a good thing on any day of the week. It really is a good example of a Levy signing, but it's nothing compared to Spurs' other signing of the window.

Lewis Holtby from Schalke 04 for £1.5 million - Levy did his thing early in the window and secured a pre-contract for Holtby and he then proceeded to hold Schalke to ransom. Holtby is one of the best talents in the game and this is the ultimate example of a Levy signing. Possibly the most important transfer to Tottenham's season


Jermaine Jenas to Queen's Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee - Jenas is finally gone from Tottenham and our wage bill is about £50k lighter. What makes this even more impressive is that Levy managed to get a fee for the out-of-favour midfielder, although it's likely to be an insignificant sum.

Andros Townsend to Queen's Park Rangers on loan - This is probably the worst move that Spurs made this window, but it is by no means a bad one. Townsend is Spurs' most capable backup on the wings, so his temporary departure means that Andre Villas-Boas will have to rely onClint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurðsson in the event that Gareth Bale or Aaron Lennon get injured. However, Townsend was barely getting any playing time, so a loan to a team that could use him is a good chance for him to get first team football and continue his development.

Heurelho Gomes to Hoffenheim on loan with an option to buy - The controversial goalkeeper has finally departed Tottenham, albeit only on loan. The loan contract reportedly has a purchase clause and Levy would do well to get a fee for the Brazilian.

Adam Smith to Millwall on an extended loan - Adam Smith is playing consistent first-team football in the Championship with Millwall and there is realistically no place for him in the Tottenham first team right now. A loan extension is a smart move for all parties.

Iago Falque to Almeria on loan - At 23 and still struggling to find playing time, Falque needs the sort of first team football which he won't find at Tottenham. Almeria is well within a promotion race in Liga Adelante and could use a player of Falque's quality, while Falque could use it as a stepping stone to first team football, whether at Tottenham or another club.

Souleymane Coulibaly, Alex Pritchard, Tomislav Gomelt and Ryan Mason to Grosseto, Peterborough, Espanyol and Lorient respectively on loan - Good moves all around to get our young talent playing different styles of football to develop their talent. Signing Alex Pritchard to a new 2 and a half year contract was a bonus and it will be interesting to see how he and Coulibaly will handle senior first team football. Gomelt may struggle to get playing time at Espanyol, but even a single late game cameo is more than he would get at Spurs.

The Big One:

Leandro Damiao from Internacional for £20 million - Ah yes, the longest transfer saga in Tottenham history. As always, the Brazilian was constantly linked with Tottenham over the transfer window, and yet this time, it almost seemed like the move was going to happen. Almost. The move reportedly failed due to third-party ownership, similar to that which prevented Joao Moutinho's transfer in August. Whilst Levy probably should have dealt with this better, he certainly made an effort to sign the Brazilian and any claims that he intentionally failed to sign Damiao to simply give the appearance that he was trying to do something is completely unfounded. Levy doesn't want us to not have a world class striker.

All in all, Tottenham by no means had a bad transfer window. In fact, the club purchased a player that could solve the team's creativity issues for only a tenth of his value, whilst also clearing off deadwood and securing loans for young prospects. While deadline day was largely disappointing for Tottenham fans, it should not be forgotten that this January transfer window was one of Tottenham's most productive and constructive windows in a long time. Maybe it's time we take a step back and praise Levy for what he did do, rather than criticise him for what he didn't.

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