Andre Villas-Boas must be praised for refusing to sell midfielder Jake Livermore this January.
Andre Villas-Boas has had his critics since he came into English football but he has shown basic sense through his decision not to allow the club to sell Jake Livermore.
Livermore has been linked with permanent transfers to many other Premier League clubs with a possible loan deal to any side until the end of the season now more likely.
AVB seems to have taken a step back, looked at the situation from a similar angle to Arsenal and Liverpool and then decided to keep a basic core of young players at the club.
Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool have all now got a core of young players who are committed to each club for the next few seasons which means there won’t be any major upheaval at Tottenham in terms of playing staff.
It’s also a savvy decision by the Spurs boss not to allow Livermore to go on loan to any immediate rivals. Spurs recently turned down an approach from Everton to take Livermore on loan, a rival to Tottenham for fourth place.
What the news effectively means is that Spurs won’t have to spend big money on a midfielder over the next two or three years as Livermore develops.
That surplus cash can be used to reinvest in the club in terms of wages which will further improve the club’s chances of hanging onto their best players over the foreseeable future.
Livermore has been having a brilliant season with Spurs which has seen him make his full England international debut. He has only been kept out of the side after having a hernia operation.
It’s much safer for Spurs to send him on loan to a club which isn’t a direct rival so he can nurse himself back to full fitness and get first team games under his belt.
This is something which he cannot do at Spurs, despite his early season form, because the club have learnt how to cope without him in the team and they are successful at the moment, which means there is no point in changing things.
The return of key players into the Tottenham midfield allows them this luxury but don’t be fooled into thinking that sending Livermore on loan means he is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.
It’s just simple and clever management by AVB.
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