Tottenham and the Transfer Window: Who Does Ramos Want? And Who Does He Need?
Juande Ramos has already gained the respect and support of most Tottenham fans through Tottenham's glorious 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal Football Club at The Lane and the hard fought deserved victory over Chelsea Football Club in the final of the League Cup.
However Ramos has his sceptics when it comes to the business of transfers. The two noticeable players that contributed massively to the success of Seville under Ramos are Daniel Alves and Jesus Navas. These two youngsters were both inherited by Ramos from his predecessor Joaquin Caparros.
Ramos' inability to make any "superstar" signings in the transfer market instils doubts in the minds of many Spurs fans that Ramos can bring in the top class players that Spurs need to excel to the next tier of footballing achievement.
There is no doubt that Ramos is a great tactician with a hands on approach appreciated by numerous Spurs fans. However, the question is, is Ramos capable of bringing in the players with the right star quality to pander to his masterful tactics?
The players of choice incorporated in Tottenham's four-four-two tactics last season would have been:
Alan Hutton, Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate, Gareth Bale,
Aaron Lennon, Jermain Jenas, Didier Zokora, Steed Malbranque,
Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov.
There are certainly a few strong building blocks in this team including: the whole back line, and Tottenham's attack. However, the core of the team crumbled last season leaving a huge gap between the solid back four and the thunderously destructive force of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov.
Ramos is clearly trying to address this problem with the signing of players with the construction skills of Luka Modric and the powerful attacking youngster Giovanni Dos Santos. Dos Santos has the destructive presence to rip the opposition's midfield to shreds.
Aaron Lennon is clearly a dangerous player down the right flank, but he simply cannot kick the ball. His crosses are pathetic, and his shots would not even have a place in a side of ten-year-olds. Surely, you might say, just teach him to cross and kick and he would be an absolute star.
No, because yet again Aaron Lennon is a perfect demonstration of a young football player who got it all too soon. He now has no ambition to be the best as he already believes to have reached this status.
Even if Ramos does manage to sort out Lennon or replace him, and Modric and Dos Santos turn into the destructive force they have the potential to become, Tottenham are still faced with the problem of a left winger.
The solution in my eyes, and someone whom I have been watching for quite a few years, is David Silva. Yet, I think it is too late for him now as he will go for silly money to a world class club.
Then who else? Stewart Downing maybe? It will have to be Ramos that makes that decision.
The next issue behind Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is Ramos' ambiguous intentions to the type of formation he plans to employ for the up and coming season.
There are two options: stick with a four-four-two, or transform the team to play in a four-three-three formation. Ramos enjoyed the success of his four-three-three formation that he employed at Sevilla.
I do not think that there is a right or wrong decision here; a four-three-three formation has the potential to increase the already massively destructive attacking force of Spurs. A four-three-three formation may also have the ability to morph Tottenham into a much more stable team after they take the lead.
The foundations of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club are strong, but there needs to be improvements; noticeably in the midfield. All we can do is wait and see.
The introduction of Luka Modric and Giovanni Dos Santos, and hopefully a few new signings, can help Tottenham take the Premier League by the scruff of the neck and dominate the clubs of the "top four", eventually breaking into the ranks of the glamorous, and cash filled world, of the Champions League.
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