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Daniel Levy has some splainin' to do.
I started writing this article fairly early on deadline day right after the Scott Parker signing, with the honest expectation of adding a number of new names to the list. That did not happen, and Spurs are leaving the transfer window still depressingly far away from repairing any of the gaps that needed to be addressed.
English clubs have a strategic advantage in the final days of the transfer season, in that their domestic season starts several weeks prior to the deadline, giving them the opportunity to fully identify whatever needs to be fixed before the window closes.
Granted, not every club is going to have the means to make their squad perfect once those issues are identified, but a club that fancies itself as one of England's top sides should at least be able to make a respectable go at it.
Spurs absolutely did not in making only three signings that are all questionable in their own way and utterly failing to address the glaring needs of their squad.
When they needed a legitimate fix to their goal-keeping situation, they opted for a 40-year-old in the final seasons of his career. When they needed a reliable striker they could count on for years down the road, they invested in a cheap and short-term loan arrangement instead.
And when it became obvious that Spurs needed a dramatic restructuring of their defensive game after the blows they faced against both Manchester sides, Spurs spent deadline day chasing a 30-year-old midfielder who may or may not hold a consistent spot in the starting lineup.
There's no doubt about it in my mind. If the transfer season is a test, then Spurs' utter lack of movement throughout the summer and disinterest in acknowledging the problems that faced them in the early matches of the Premier League season mean that they did not achieve nearly as much as they could have.
Final Grade: C -