signing of Helder Postiga fulfilled the four major criteria of any
successful close season signing ...
This morning's press conference filled me
with all the pre-season optimism (which I'd been desperately searching
for; turns out, it was down the back of the sofa all the time) that such
signings fuel. It certainly had the desired effect on me, and I assume,
just about every Spurs fan watching.
In a season where, on occasions, Glenn
has got it so wrong. This time I think he's got it spectacularly
If ever there was a "Spurs type of
player" waiting to be signed, Helder Postiga seems to be it. Not
only is he the type of player we've been crying out for, he also
(apparently) supported Spurs as a boy. I'd like to think that our high
profile UEFA Cup success in 1984 is still reaping dividends, even though
he would've only been TWO, so that doesn't really work. One has to
assume that the Klinsmann/Famous 5 era (although it doesn't seem THAT
long ago, does it?) certainly had its lasting effect on a certain
12-year old Portuguese boy.
Glenn says he has everything, and I
suppose you have to believe him. Although Glenn also seems to think
Perry is worthy of a place in the team, so where do you start to suspend
Postiga certainly seems to be a
"Solskjaer" type of player, apart from looking so young, erm 'cos
he IS so young, he's prolific, and also looks like he's got a ruthless
streak. Which you would obviously need to force your way into a Treble
winning Porto team, and subsequent international side. Having said that,
thankfully, he doesn't seem to carry that "Gooner arrogance"
which could also be expected from one who has achieved so much, so
I think Glenn really has thought long and
hard about not only the type of player he wants, but the type of
personality he wants too. Let's be honest, the attitudes of players like
Sherwood and Sheringham last season did little or nothing to ease the
season merrily along, did it ? I feel the time was right to get rid of
such negativity within the club. Incidentally, if Teddy does end up
joining Sherwood on the South coast, they'll have a lovely little clique
of anti-Hoddle going on down there, won't they ? I just hope Harry and
Jamie Redknapp's relationship doesn't suffer as a result !
Glenn must now follow this up with two,
maybe three other signings, and, almost as importantly, get rid of
players we don't need. I don't really see the likes of Thatcher, Perry
and Doherty aiding our inevitable(!) push for Europe next season, and I
get the distinct impression that Glenn knows whom he should be looking
to offload now.
Having said that, I might have been a
little hasty about Doherty. His close season decision to concentrate on
his defensive role at the club, was as much an admission of his obvious
striking deficiencies. This honesty must be admired.
The bloke is NOT a striker. He's a decent
squad player at best . A centre back who could be useful at set pieces
and "last minute forays forward." I'm just glad he's admitted
it to himself. So, maybe it would be worth keeping him around, after
all. (Cue transfer to Cardiff)
Thatcher and Perry on the other hand can
join their old mates up at Milton Keynes for all I care. Sullivan apart
(just about), the ex-Wimbledon brigade (I include Leonhardsen in that
too) we have dabbled with in recent years, have never convinced me (Ed -
Don't forget Scales there Matthew). I hope that Glenn has learnt from
this, and has now realised how ridiculous the concept of going for
"injury prone" Carl Cort was.
I assume Steve Carr is so excited about
the Postiga signing, that he at least gives it another season here, just
to see what happens. Hopefully, that will put paid to any Carl Cort
swapsie ideas too! (Cue Carr to Newcastle/Carl Cort swap deal!)
Spurs fans have suffered recently for
maintaining their "ideal" about what it means to support
Tottenham, the type of player we expect here, and the type of football
we should play. Of course winning has always been the primary objective,
but to win with style is surely what it has always meant to be
"Spurs." This pursuit of perfection has of course put paid to
any realistic hopes we've had of any sustained success. It's also made
us a constant source of amusement among fans of other clubs, at our
refusal to be "realistic" about the "Spurs we have
now," and the "Spurs we had then."
Nevertheless, that doesn't mean to say we
can't dream. Now we have a true Tottenham player on whom we can pin
You don't have to think too long and hard
about some of the "sigh-nings"(sic) we've made over recent
years that just aren't Tottenham. We all know the types of player I
mean. Thankfully, Glenn is starting to turn that around. HE knows
exactly the type of player we crave for at the club, and is finally
doing something about it. Incidentally, I fully expect Jonathan Blondel
to come of age next season too. (Mind you, whether it's with us remains
to be seen. But isn't that always the way with the "Spurs we have
now?" Who says we suffer from delusions of grandeur? Realism is the
The twin strike force of Robbie Keane and
Helder Postiga is something from which dreams are made. We never got to
see what Clive Allen and Gary Lineker would've done in the same Spurs
team; we might be about to find out what the early twenties, modern day
equivalent might achieve. Is that too much expectation on such young
Of course, the other glaring omission
I've made as to why this is such a perfect signing for Spurs, is that
his name fits into the old "Jose Dominguez jazz standard"; get
"MYYYYYY NAAAAAAME I S HELDER
I AM PORTUGEUSE-A
AND PLAY FOR THE BEST TEAM AROUND (TOTT-ENHAM)
WHEN I WALK DOWN THE STREET, ALL THE PEOPLE I MEET, THEY SAY
"HEL-DER; WHAT'S YER NAME?"
MYYYYYY NAAAAAAME IS ..."
Feel free to start without me!
The growing swell of optimism starts
MAY THE SPURS BE WITH YOU.