Monday, February 2, 2009

Return of the King

I'm not thrilled about it, in the analytical sense... but as a football supporter I couldn't be more pleased.

Robbie Keane is back, we spent £15m for him. We sold him, of course, for £20.3M. So, good profit and he's back.

Let's break down the Tottenham players who came back after 12 months or less.

Jermaine Defoe
Pacy striker, incredibly useful under the instruction of Harry Redknapp. Pavlyuchenko's greatest skill is providing perfect through balls, he should continue to flourish at Spurs with good service from the midfield.
Good Buy

Robbie Keane
As I said yesterday, I'm fearful of what might happen. I hope he doesn't feel dejected by Liverpool selling him at cut-price, he unfortunately couldn't perform under the instruction of Rafa. What Keane needs is a free role, to move as he pleases around the 18 yard box and be provided service from the midfield, and he'll get that from our current midfield and Redknapp. Like I said above, we still make a little over £5M from the deal, so it all works out.
Good Buy

Pascal Chimbonda
One of the true cancers to the Spurs dressing room last season. He walked out of the Carling Cup final after being substituted. He refused to play center back when asked, even though we had no one else who could play the position. He was the true definition of ass. I'm still not sure why we brought him back, we have two of the most promising right-backs in the Premier League in Vedran Corluka and Chris Gunter... we need help on the left. THE LEFT, 'Arry! I don't understand the point of buying back Chimbo, I hope he isn't as cancerous as he was last season.
Bad Buy

With Wilson Palacios in Tottenham's midfield now (having recently arrived from Wigan), we have a stronger, more creative holding midfielder, finally replacing Michael Carrick.

At any rate, recent developments would suggest we certainly aren't headed for relegation, but I doubt we'll get a Europe spot now.


EDIT - Robbie Keane was in fact bought for £12M, making it a nearly £10M profit.


Phil said...

Robbie Keane's fee was £18million and £20.3million with add-ons, which I doubt were exercised since he probably didn't score enough goals or make enough appearances for them to be triggered. Still, £12million is good bit of business. Let's not forget that he was also among the highest earners at Spurs, so a good £2million (gross) was saved on salary...

Spot on for Palacios, he will be absolutely vital in the run-in.

I hear that Chimbonda is more "financially satisfied" of late, so he should be less of a problem (not really a ringing endorsement) this time. He's also a bit more adventurous down the flank than Corluka, so Lennon can expect a bit more help, which he needs.

I hear that Keane and Defoe "can't play together". While their partnership has never been fruitful, it was never first choice either. The English obsession with incompatible players is stupid. Defoe and Keane are good professionals and will gel together. Or, Defoe will end up on the bench again and go to Portsmouth for £35million.

Spurs still need a left midfielder! It's actually quite hilarious since it's the first thing Redknapp identified as a problem area...

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