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Friday, 13 July 2012

Adrian buy-out clause met.

A rather dismal and anti-climatic end to a season that initially promised so much left us reeling on how it all went wrong. The pain of watching Chelsea soak up the glory that denied us a fully deserved place in next season's Champions League still brings with it great pain. Although, the AVB/Levy ever-seemingly revolution has done its' best to dampen that pain as we look to begin next season on a brighter note than how the last one ended.

Believe it. We're still weeks shy of August yet we've signed two players. I don't believe a transfer window can ever be classed as a success or failure until the players brought in have performed. I retain my reservations but, at the same time, find it hard to ensure my expectations are dampened; forgive me. You can define 'good' times in a host of ways. Champions League qualification, a piece of silverware. But we'd all agree that the good times at Spurs are few and far between. The promising thing is that we've finished 4th twice in the last three years highlighting immense progression of a once mid-table and arguably futile side.

So with our only notable first team forward in Defoe becoming heavily linked with Reading recently, this only opens up many doors for tabloids to link forward after forward with Tottenham Hotspur. Whether that's good or bad is your decision. I mentioned last week we were close to signing Adebayor. But today, Marca - a Spanish tabloid - reported that Atletico Madrid believe that we've met the 18m Euro buy-out clause for their 24 year old forward Adrian. The credibility of this report is something to question, just as the forwards ability. I admit to not having great knowledge of the striker but on paper his season reads 19 goals in the season just gone. 

With Abramovich clinging on to the hope Di Matteo can repeat another fortuitous season with around £40m invested in Hazard and Marin, it only leaves the option for investment to ensure we are not left in the shadow of what could've been. Levy knows he's taking huge gambles this summer. Exciting gambles. Gambles that need to be taken. Only the season will tell whether they pay off, whether it's this season, the next or those following that.

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