How did Spurs get their transfer plans so wrong last summer?

Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy and those responsible of recruitment at Tottenham have to make some smart signings ahead of next season.

Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini are two individuals that have to take responsibility for Tottenham's poor decision making in the transfer market over the last 12 months.

Everybody knows that there were generally poor choices in 2013 with regards to how Spurs spend the money received from the Gareth Bale sale to Real Madrid.

But the club committed just as large an error at the start of this season, where the transfers fees have been lower, but the results arguably even worse.

And the thing is is that had Tottenham secured some of their initial targets, things would have likely been a lot rosier, even if they would have had to show a little more money to do so.

Because if only some of Tottenham's original transfer plans over the last 12 months would have come off, they would surely be much closer to challenging the top four than they are.

Of this season's arrivals, Eric Dier has done well enough considering his age, but Ben Davies has failed to impress despite being the only arrival with Premier League experience, while Michel Vorm has made some costly mistakes in his few games coming in for Hugo Lloris.

Spurs also made a bid for Memphis Depay after the World Cup, according to the Express. Having bid a figure reported to be as low as £15 million, Levy has missed out on obtaining a player who this year has proved himself to be worth at least twice as much, and the 21-year-old will now be turning out for Manchester United next season.

Morgan Schneiderlin is another player who, according to the Guardian was very closely linked to a move to White Hart Lane. He was eager to make the switch even though Southampton didn't want to sell, but Spurs never offered a fee that was convincing enough for the Saints to soften to the Frenchman's departure. The 25-year-old is now worth what the North Londoners would have probably had to pay for him anyway, yet may have set his sights on moving to a Champions League club if he was to push for a move from St Mary's once more. Levy instead brought in Benjamin Stambouli, who has just 409 Premier League minutes to his name - 3 since January, and the club still need strengthening in central midfield.

There is also the problem in central defence, where Federico Fazio has failed to convince since moving from Sevilla. He was another who was chosen when apparent first choice Mateo Musacchio proved to be too expensive, said the player himself in quotes in the Mirror. Like central midfield, it means Spurs have spent money on a problem position without managing to solve it, while another season passes by.

Tottenham are now coming up to another summer transfer window, and with Levy fast losing his reputation as a smart businessman when it comes to transfers, they can't afford another disappointing batch of recruits.

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