Why do Tottenham continually cock up in the transfer window?

Ethan Tait

Hating Tottenham Hotspur is the favorite pastime of any Arsenal fan. ‘Shit’ and ‘the club across North London’ are typically synonymous, especially when it comes to the transfer window. 

Leicester City won the Premier League last year by scouting good bargain players with Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, and N’Golo Kante costing the club roughly $8.6 million. An unreal amount for a team in a world where money is king.

Spurs haven’t been on a budget like Leicester City, but simply continue to fuck up in the transfer window, with a series of poor buys.

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For example, we’ll take Gareth Bale transfer as a case study.

Tottenham were smart in playing hardball with Real Madrid knowing that they were willing to pay almost anything to get Bale into their side. Holding off earned the club, a huge payday of $105 million.

With that much money, Tottenham had some freedom in the transfer window and could pick and choose who to buy with the Bale money. Fortunately, they wet the bed and went for quantity over quality in the players that were purchased.

With the cash, Tottenham bought Roberto Soldado, Eric Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, and Christian Eriksen. Nearly three-and-a-half seasons later and only Eric Lamela and Christian Eriksen remain at the club.

Too much money made the club less finicky about the transfers and the club, especially the chairman Daniel Levy. But it seems to be that the money wasn’t the issue because to this day, Spurs continue to make poor choices in the transfer window.

Tottenham is similar to a drunken Saturday night where despite the amount of money spent, you still end up with a woman with a unibrow and no teeth in your bed.

The latest poor choice by Spurs is Vincent Janssen, the striker signed just this past summer from AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie. Janssen was brilliant for the Dutch side last year, but has managed to be actually worse than Roberto Soldado in a Spurs jersey and he was the worst.

The only reason Janssen has found himself on the pitch this season was due to the injury of England’s best set-piece taker, Harry Kane. In the Premier League, the Dutch forward has managed a single assist in nine appearances.

In not scoring a single goal, Janssen has been rather pitiful and Soldado-esque in his first appearances for Tottenham in the Premier league. He has scored a goal, but it was in the EFL Cup against Gillingham.

What will come first: Janssen being sold or his first Premier League goal? Only time will tell.

Spurs will continue to be shit in the transfer window until they get rid of Daniel Levy, but until then we should enjoy the comedic suffering of that shit side in North London.

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