I thought it best that before I blog on Transfer Day, I take a couple of days to breathe. I’ll admit it, I was furious. So close to the formation of what is just about my dream team, yet so far away. So I took a long deep breath, paused, and now I blog.
Unfortunately, I’m still furious. I appreciate all you blokes chipping in with your positive outlooks and silver linings. But I can’t get past this one.
But c’mon 1Eyed, you might say. Lewis Holtby has been described as the deal of the century. His signing alone, makes this a better transfer than any other January transfer window of late.
So tell me, where is Holtby is going to play? I assume most will have in playing at ten. We’ll probably see a return of the 4-2-3-1 formation we started the year with. That is likely to leave Adebayor on the bench, with AVB asserting again in days gone by that he sees Defoe as a key strike weapon up front.
Jermain Defoe is a lot of things but he is not a lone striker. We suffered chronically until Adebayor arrived with the lack of a target man. When Adebeyor joined the side, he didn’t add a lot. Not goals, nor assists, but he became a target for Lloris and our backs to clear the ball out, and not automatically lose possession as is the case with Defoe up front. When we looked best this year, we had Adebayor and Defoe in the team, despite the fact that neither have played particularly well.
So AVB is going to be left with a quandary. Play without a target man or play without his strike forward. Or he may choose to sacrifice something defensively and drop Holtby into a deeper role at the expense of Scott Parker. Personally, that’s the way I’d go, especially against lower-ranked teams. I’m not convinced Parker has come back the same player and I believe Adebayor's presence as a target provided an undervalue asset to the side.
Of course, all this could have been academic. We could have had a genuine nine capable of playing up front and that would have transformed this team into something entirely better. Given AVB has commented that we were so close to the signing, I still believe it was the investment we HAD to make especially with so much being on the line as regard to us needing to finish in the top four.
I think we can still do it. I think Holtby adds a new dimension to our side, and AVB will take a step closer to the type of football he really wants to play with the German in his side. But the opportunity lost, especially with AVB saying that club would likely move on and not return for Leandro saddens me greatly. And it probably will until I can find another genuine nine to pin my hopes on for future Tottenham glory.