Disclaimer: I'll probably chill out tomorrow, but I'm going to unleash the fury while it's in me. Don't hold this against me.
If you haven't heard, Norwich City have signed Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. A Portuguese report about this signing was posted in the Hoddle two days ago, and I disregarded it. It was true. The Canaries, who were in a relegation battle for much of this season, have signed a 24-year-old Dutch international who has scored consistently for the last five years.
I'm not saying that Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is the cure to all that ails Tottenham Hotspur. I don't know that he'll be a great player in the Premier League. Heck, he might be a flop. But he has a good scoring record, and he has the talent to lead the line for a Premier League team by himself. Norwich are -- with no disrespect intended, because their squad and their fans and Chris Hughton are class -- a smaller club than Spurs with fewer financial resources.
But, what I am saying is that Daniel Levy is out of excuses, if he wasn't already. This is the preverbal straw that broke the camel's back. There are good strikers to be had for prices that Tottenham can afford. Other clubs are signing them constantly.
I don't ever want to hear the excuse that Spurs haven't solved their striker problem because of the lack of available quality strikers at affordable prices ever again. It's bullshit. It's an excuse used to defend our club, which I completely understand, because people being negative nancies all the time when Spurs are competing for top four and trophies is depressing and unnecessary. But the excuse that there are no strikers that Levy could realistically buy to improve our position? It's bullshit.
It doesn't matter if Spurs finish second or sixth this season. They have already made a major error by not signing another striker. They've been treading water in spite of their striker situation since Dimitar Berbatov left. They will make a truly inexcusable error if they fail to sign a starting-quality striker this summer. If a club like Norwich can sign a player like van Wolfswinkel, Levy has no excuse for his failure to bring in a quality center forward.