Are Tottenham Hotspur at fault for the worst transfer blunders of the century?
Much has been made of Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to sign a striker capable of stepping up to the plate when Harry Kane is otherwise indisposed. Do we really have to remind you again that Vincent Janssen’s strike in the 6-0 FA Cup thumping of Millwall was his first from open play in Spurs colours?
Although, they perhaps wouldn’t be so over-reliant on their talismanic number ten had they not wasted opportunities to snap up two of European football’s most promising young forwards for a mere fraction of their current value, the Evening Standard reports.
If you think a strikeforce of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen is impressive enough, imagine just how formidable Spurs’ line-up would look if you added Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann into the mix.
According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham completely overhauled their recruitment system this season with the brief handed to chief scout Steve Hitchin asking him to make the club quicker off the mark in the transfer market after dragging their feet in their attempts to sign the fresh-faced French duo.
The Independent reported in the summer of 2015 that Spurs bid just £15 million in an attempt to sign a sprightly Real Sociedad winger by the name of Griezmann. Just a few weeks later, Atletico triggered his not-overly-expensive £25 million buyout clause.
He’s since netted 79 times in 143 games for Diego Simeone’s side, finishing third in the 2016 Ballon D’Or.
Meanwhile, Squawka claimed that Spurs’ hopes of landing Rennes’ 18-year-old starlet Ousmane Dembele for just £1.2 million were ruined by their demands that he first attend a week-long trial while stating that he would train with the club’s reserves.
These days, Dembele is arguably Dortmund’s most dangerous attacking threat and, with the exception of Kylian Mbappe, the most exciting young attacker on the continent.
Let’s hope Steve Hitchens doesn’t make the same mistakes.