Tottenham Hotspur Signing: Louis Saha, King Hailed or King Failed?

David JacobsCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Louis Saha of Everton is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on January 21, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Well, Tottenham followers, we wanted a HUGE signing on deadline day. We got Louis Saha instead.

But it can't be that bad, can it?

We've had worse haven't we?

I'm in two minds about Louis Saha; a lot of you may not be. You have presumably taken one look at him and thought: "Nah he won't do the job for us, especially with the run of games he may have to deal with over the coming months. By the way, Ryan Nelsen's crap too.

And since when did New Zealand have a national football team?".

Saha's current fitness is also believed to be slightly under par.

Let's look at him from the beginning:

In his earlier years with FC Metz, he wasn't setting the place alight, but when Fulham - a lowly Division One (now known as the Championship) team at the time took a £2.1million chance on him. The return on that investment surprised everyone watching them.


He notched up 27 league goals in 43 appearances during his first season with the Cottagers and sent them up to the Premier League, where they have remained ever since.

But the next two seasons saw him dip very low in his league form. However, in what was to be his final season, he scored 13 goals in 21 appearances.


Financial troubles influenced Fulham's decision to sell Saha to Premier League big-boys Manchester United, but the £12.8million Fergie shelled out for him didn't return much at all and when compared pound-for-pound to the price Fulham originally paid for him, it makes our sale of Dimitar Berbatov look almost reasonable from Fergie's perspective.

Whilst his first season was again favourable (seven goals in 12 games), the 'Forlan Syndrome' struck Saha, as the next season he got just one goal in 14 league games.

Then his form picked up for two seasons...and then down again.The season-by-season form of Saha 'inverted' when he was at Everton.

You are probably apprehensive because of his erratic scoring records. And it scares me too. Are we going to get another Defoe, another Pavlyuchenko or worse - another Zamora (in Spurs form)?
Oh the mystery...

I'd say Saha's a box of chocolates. We don't quite know what we're going to get.But he sounds very excited about playing for us, so I'd give him all the support he needs for now.Liverpool would be a good place to start as Defoe's niggling injury lingers on.

Which reminds me - We have to get some NHS funding for Spurs Lodge. It is practically a hospital for half our squad. Sign a new doctor in the summer, because they are by no means free!

'Till Monday, King Louis...although the incumbent Ledley will need to abdicate before you are considered for that title.