Tottenham Hotspur’s season appeared to be on observe for a nightmare marketing campaign, however chairman Levy has labored his magic to get Spurs off to a promising begin and preserve maintain of star striker Harry Kane
The winner – and nonetheless in possession of one of the best striker on the planet – is Daniel Levy.
The Spurs chairman in all probability has as his ringtone the legendary cry from boxing MC Michael Buffer: ‘Let’s get able to rumble!’ Notably for any given switch window inside which the most important golf equipment come knocking for his prize property.
At no stage this summer season did it look as if Levy would lose Harry Kane – at the very least not for the ridiculous quantities being talked about.
Regardless of the participant’s podcasts and the press conferences throughout which Pep Guardiola would tantalizingly admit to his admiration for Tottenham’s England captain, Manchester Metropolis blinked first somewhat than stump up the money that might have given Levy one thing to consider.
He isn’t fairly Rod (“Present me the cash!”) Tidwell from Jerry Maguire however, as everybody is aware of, that is removed from Levy’s first switch rodeo.
This newest triumph will solely improve his repute as one of many hardest negotiators within the recreation.
The irony on this case is that Levy, 59, didn’t even have to barter. In reality, combating on two fronts, his was a masterclass in PR to get the followers on facet.
He merely stored quiet, secure within the data that he had a aim machine who’d dedicated himself to a six-year deal which nonetheless had three years left to run. It’s down the highway at rivals Arsenal that they permit their largest property to run down their contracts and go away at no cost.
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Even his fiercest critics needs to be praising Levy for the foresight which left him and Spurs within the field seat. He was fairly proper to not even choose up the cellphone to a proposal of round £125million. It doesn’t come near what three-time Premier League Golden Boot-winning Kane is value.
And the reality is, Metropolis most well-liked to speculate their money in Jack Grealish somewhat than heap all of it into an enormous pile and push it throughout the desk to Spurs as soon as Sergio Aguero had gone. So, Levy wins once more.
In reality, the winners are all in north London. Nuno is a winner having initially deliberate for the approaching season on the idea that he’d be dropping his star man.
The staff are the massive winners as they’ve already seen off Metropolis and Wolves with out conceding, displaying a mentality that steered they may transfer on with out him. Kane will solely make them stronger.
The followers too are the massive winners as that they had additionally resigned themselves to dropping one more of their massive gamers after Carrick, Berbatov, Modric and Bale.
Spurs haven’t even completed their summer season spending but with the membership nonetheless one other striker and a winger, presumably Wolves’ Adama Traore.
For a facet that regarded a shambles initially of the summer season, they’ve ended it smelling of roses. Keep in mind they sacked Jose Mourinho in April, failed with a string of strikes and third-party approaches for a substitute, then turned again to Nuno on the finish of June.
The circus – with the squad nonetheless stale at that stage – appeared to vindicate Kane’s desperation to stop.
The rebuilding course of, nevertheless, is ongoing. New £46.7m defender Cristian Romero was described yesterday as “an animal” by one other new recruit, his ex-Atalanta team-mate and no.2 keeper Pierluigi Gollini.
Extremely-rated playmaker Bryan Gil has additionally moved to north London with Erik Lamela going the opposite means. Dele Alli has returned a special participant and has labored his means again into the first-team image and with report signing Tanguy Ndombele wanting out, Spurs intend to switch him with Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar.
Ought to they land their targets the brand new and improved north Londoners may make themselves a power to be reckoned with within the Premier League this season. Kane now is aware of first-hand, they’d be following an instance set by their chairman.