This month will mark the twelfth anniversary of Daniel Levy’s appointment as Chairman of Tottenham, and in that time he’s shown himself on more than one occasion to be a very astute negotiator and prudent businessman. Transfer windows though, clearly bring out the worst in him.
If the media reports are to be believed, Tottenham spent almost all of yesterday negotiating the potential transfer of Leandro Damiao from Internacional until the deal’s inevitable collapse late in the evening. The failure to complete the deal was obviously met with disappointment by the Spurs fans, and partly because yesterday was an exact replica of what now seems to be transfer window tradition at White Hart Lane.
Decide on a target too late, leave far too much to do and too little time within which to do it.
For a smart man, Levy doesn’t half make a lot of baffling decisions. Damiao’s talent and price tag make him a prime transfer target, and his ownership situation ( Internacional have only a 70% share of him) and geographical location mean that any potential deal is complicated and time-consuming – yet Tottenham insist on forcing pressure onto themselves and allowing no margin for error. With all those moving parts and such little time, that deal was doomed to failure before it even began
The paucity of forwards at the club is a problem which has been obvious since the close of the last window in August, and yet nobody seemed willing to make a preliminary enquiry or do any groundwork on a deal for Damiao until the very last minute.
This habit of trying to squeeze new players through the door as it closes is, I’m sure, very entertaining for neutrals and it’s certainly a Godsend for Sky Sports’ inane coverage with deadline day, but it’s quite obviously counter-productive. Tottenham weren’t forced into any sales yesterday, and there were no sudden injuries which forced a last minute move – the needs and requirements of this squad have, Sandro’s knee-injury aside, been the same for the last six months.
There are many virtues to having Daniel Levy as a Chairman, and his acquisition of Lewis Holtby shouldn’t be seen as anything other than outstanding business, but I’m yet to hear a plausible explanation for why he insists on backing himself into a corner so willingly.