As ever in a transfer window Tottenham are having trouble shifting players, we are one step away from the top money clubs and for some players therefore, as high as they are ever going to get.
All players want to play at the highest level they can and earn as much as they can. When we buy them we pit them on contracts far better than they had before and that creates us problems. When we realise the players isn't good enough or isn't what we want any more we try to sell them.
The players then says, hang on a minute any step is going downwards, I'm not interested, I only want to go upwards, but they aren't good enough. Foreign clubs in general, apart from the top teams, can't match our wages. The result is the player sticks around and collects his cheque.
David Bentley and Heurelho Gomes are two prime examples, players more interested in the money than actually playing football. Both refused countless moves. Bentley even left it so late that he had to go and loan and found he had lost it, he ability wasn't there any more. That speaks volumes for what he was doing on the training pitch, going through the motions.
Gomes simply refused to move, the odd loan spell, where we would have still been paying most of his wages, but otherwise happy collecting £50,000 a week. Nobody else was going to pay him that so he simply didn't move.
The main players up for sale now are:
Michael Dawson - Hull City, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, West Ham
Kyle Naughton - Sunderland, Swansea
Younès Kaboul - Lazio, Fiorentina
Vlad Chiriches - Milan, Fiorentina (offered to Southampton)
Nacer Chadli - (offered to Southampton, PSV Eindhoven)
Sandro - Napoli, Roma, Inter
Plenty of interest but why would Michael Dawson want to take a step down to Hull, Sunderland, Palace or West Ham? If you add to that he is due a testimonial in January and has two years left on his contract then his reasons to move diminish.
In pre-season he appears to be first choice over Kaboul to partner Vertonghen so it would appear there could be plenty of game time for him even if the club do sign another experienced right sided centre-back.
Why would Kyle Naughton go to Southampton and Swansea when there are only 5 outfield players who played more than him and Kyle Walker isn't fit? He may have another opportunity to show his worth, should he throw that away?
He looks certain to start against West Ham in just over a week and probably against probably against QPR on the 24th. From his point of view he has a chance to establish himself with the new boss and then decide at the very end of the window how much game time he is going to get.
Pochettino should plan for summer transfer window in 2015 now
Eric Lamela so far
Memphis Deapay, the right choice
Steffen Feund has a new and very vital role in Spurs future
Chadli & Chiriches to Southampton
Younès Kaboul has a year left on his contract so could leave for free in a year and maximise his wages as a result of their being no transfer fee. he may be hoping for a one-year contract extension and a chance to prove his fitness and with to Pochettino.
I find it unlikely he would sign a one-year deal and Tottenham are not going to offer him longer, at the moment he doesn't deserve it. To compound matters we are asking for a high fee, £6 million for an injury prone player who has had one good season in 2011/12.
Vlad Chiriches failed to adapt to the Premier League and his lack of aerial ability will always be an issue, but we over paid for him and want out money back. His transfer value has reduced rather than increased and nobody wants him at the price we want. Interested parties will be hoping that waiting until late in the transfer window will force us into selling at a loss.
Nacer Chadli we have offered to PSV Eindhoven, why would he go to Dutch football, it's a downward step from the Premier League and the wages are much lower, it's hardly an enticing prospect. PSV may well accept him plus cash for Memphis Depay but Chadli won't!
Southampton would be a possibility but again they can't compete on wages so after a season why would he want to take a big pay cut? He'll be hoping to force the club to keep him and try and prove his worth.
Sandro made it plain he was happy to move to Italy and there are plenty of clubs interested in his services, unsurprisingly, however they want him at half price which is totally unrealistic and unless Morgan Schneiderlin is signed he isn't going anywhere anyway.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 kyle naughton michael dawson Nacer Chadli sandro Vlad Chiriches Younes Kaboul