The decision to appoint Franco Baldini as Technical director at Tottenham Hotspur was a masterstroke.
The Italian is proving to be arguably the most effective official, outside the managers, in the Premier League which looks set to benefit Spurs over the long term, for as long as he’s at the club.
Baldini hit the ground running as soon as he was appointed by the North London club, becoming the living proof of why it’s important for any top side to have a Technical Director in place.
Baldini arrived from Roma and immediately used his connections with the club to get the signing of talented Argentinian forward Erik Lamela done and dusted.
It was also a connection which proved vital in the signing of Vlad Chichires, who looked destined to join Roma before Baldini got involved and convinced him that North London was the better place for him to be.
Add to that the fact he flew to Spain to personally ensure that the deal for Valencia star Roberto Soldado went through and it’s all very clear that the 52-year-old has a way with words that can damage any club where Spurs have an interest in a player.
Christian Eriksen has also revealed that Baldini, along with Daniel Levy, talked him into his £11.5 million move from Ajax, which went through towards the close of the summer transfer window.
The challenge for him now is how he maintains that effectiveness for the club through the winter months and heading into the summer.
Various teams and interested parties will now definitely be wise to the influence he possesses if they weren’t already before which could make it more difficult for the club to do business in the immediate future.
The boss has praised the signings that have come in this summer and AVB has warned Spurs fans it will take a little bit of time for them to develop.
Spurs could well hit the top four by the end of the season and once the new signings all develop and reach their potential at the club, Tottenham could be in a great position to kick on another level.
It will be very interesting to see if Baldini is as effective for Tottenham, going into bat in deals and negotiations over much bigger transfers for higher profile players.
He’s already very experienced when it comes to the ins and outs of finer detail, talks and anything else which can tip the balance of a deal in the favour of a particular side. Therefore, Spurs fans should all be very optimistic.
What have you made of Baldini’s work at Spurs so far?
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