Tottenham’s recruitment policy in the transfer window was vast, some might even say excessive, with them bringing in seven big money signings this summer. Spurs fans will undoubtedly be glad that they have reinvested the Bale money quickly, but the fans may now be wondering, how will they all fit in at White Hart Lane?
One signing in particular, Nacer Chadli, may be scratching his head now wondering what his role will be this season. Chadli, 24, was signed from dutch side FC Twente back in July for £7 million and was obviously brought in to add more competition on the wings.
However, what with spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, splurging on attacking midfielders Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela late on in the window due to the funds they received from the Bale deal, will Levy now be wishing that he had not been so quick to push through a deal for Chadli back in July?
It seems clear that as the window progressed and no Bale deal was insight, due to Tottenham’s costly demands to Real, Levy may have thought there was a glimmer of hope that he would keep the Welsh ace. With this in mind, it looked like the Chadli signing was a sensible decision in order to strengthen AVB’s options around the prospect of Bale staying.
It would be inaccurate to label the purchases of Eriksen and Lamela as “panic buys” but they certainly were secured at the last minute to ensure that the loss of Bale wasn’t as hard to swallow for the fans and the board. This could suggest that Levy’s ego got the better of him in this instance as he couldn’t bear to see his team come out as second best in this world record deal. This decision could prove risky by Levy as it could easily upset the squad balance at Spurs, with them having various amounts of midfield players on their books now.
With Eriksen and Lamela signed on and Tottenham already having strength in depth with the likes of Holtby, Sigurdsson, Lennon and Townsend; where does this leave Belgian Nacer Chadli?
Tottenham spent a massive £30 million on Lamela and forked out £11 million for Eriksen, which would seemingly suggest they will get game time due to their high price tags. As previously stated Spurs spent £7 million on Chadli and they may look to recoup that fee back in January, with him more than likely not playing as much as he had hoped when he initially arrived in North London.
They say that a footballer’s career is a short lived, but Chadli’s time at Spurs could already be up, with them already having so many options in terms of wingers. One thing is for sure, Villas Boas has a huge selection headache to contend with on match days.
Back in July, when spurs signed Chadli, it represented good business for the club as they signed a tricky combative wide man for a cheap amount. However, the summer transfer window is lengthy and things can change over night when the hysteria of transfer dealings start to gather pace, and with huge money comes huge players scurrying from club to club.