He said: “In terms of transfers I do think they have slipped a long way behind Arsenal again. They have a fantastic stadium in the works but as Arsenal know that is such a long process.
“And with that stadium in the offing they are mindful of their transfer spend. Tottenham almost have to copy the Arsenal model from 10 years ago and trust in their young squad for a few years. Because with the costs of the stadium, the fans might have to get used to not pushing the boat out.”
It is hard to disagree with Keown, especially now that Arsenal are signing top level players on an almost yearly basis after a number of years renowned for a lack of transfer business.
They have paid off their stadium, and Arsene Wenger has been given free rein to go and utilise a large transfer fund in the market.
However, whilst they are out of that situation, it is Spurs who are now entering a period in which they are going to have to hold back on big-money signings as they fund their new ground.
This summer has seen a move towards this model, with Daniel Levy sanctioning deals to get a number of underperforming players of the Tottenham books, whilst also signing young players with potential such as Kevin Wimmer and Clinton N’Jie.
The only real transfer made by Spurs this summer that could be considered a ‘big’ deal was that to bring in Toby Alderweireld, and even then he is still a player who has age on his side and can continue to improve.
Tottenham are at the stage where they need to find new ways to compete with the bigger teams in the league, and if they are to remain competitive over the next few years whilst transfer funds at limited, they will have to hope that their new philosophy in the market is a real success.