Louis Saha to Tottenham: The Answer to Spurs' Title Hopes?

Wesley LewisContributor IIFebruary 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Louis Saha of Everton talks with referee Mark Clattenburg during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on January 14, 2012 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Well, no, to be painfully blunt. This oh-so-puzzling deadline day deal surprised most people in the football world. The consensus among most Tottenham fans is, "In Harry We Trust," but let's reexamine the original question.

Is Louis Saha the extra bit of pizzazz that will push Tottenham closer to winning the Premier League title?

Considering his goal return for the season so far, in 20 appearances (four as a substitute) he's bagged a whopping two goals. Granted, his last few seasons have been much better and he scored some wonder goals for the Toffees last season, but Saha is now 33 years old. He's got one foot in the retirement home! It would seem, at first glance, that Redknapp has gone and gotten himself a player who is very much on his way down.

We can't point to mismanagement as a source of his recent goal drought. David Moyes is one of the best managers in the Premier League or even the world. If there is anyone that can squeeze every bit of ability out of his team, it's Moyes. 

Another factor we can rule out is stiff competition or being forced out of the starting lineup. Everton's leading goal scorer is Leighton Baines with four goals—hardly impressive for a team's top scorer but certainly impressive for a full back. Saha was in the ideal position, as a striker, to lift his team with some goals and assert himself as a top striker.

Are there some possibilities? Yes, he could be dealing with some niggling injuries or he could simply be going through a bad patch. Professional players are allowed to have dry spells right? What's that old saying? Form is temporary...something like that.

OK, I'm glad we've gone over all of that. Now forget it. All of it. Saha did not come to White Hart Lane to score boat loads of goals. Don't get me wrong, boatloads of goals would be fantastic, but that's not why he's here. 

At 33, the Frenchman is at Spurs for his experience. In a title push, or any kind of end-of-season push for that matter, experienced professionals help to steady younger players through the tough games. Saha has won the Premier League. He knows how to win when it counts. He's been in squads that could roll up their sleeves and grind out a result. 

Furthermore, Redknapp has openly stated his value of good personalities in the changing room. This was one of his selling points on Scott Parker. It helps that Parker has done a smashing job since his move to North London, but his first job was to add great chemistry to the Spurs locker room.

This is a shrewd piece of business from Tottenham and is a subtle indicator that Harry has his eye on the prize—the Premier League title.