Tottenham Hotspur blueprint praised by Norwich City executive Stuart Webber

Norwich City football club's sporting director Stuart Webber (left), owner Delia Smith (centre) and managing director Steve Stone pose for a picture in their academy indoor arena at the...

The Canaries sporting director praised Spurs for how they've gone about their business amid calls to splash out on players.

Norwich City football club's sporting director Stuart Webber (left), owner Delia Smith (centre) and managing director Steve Stone pose for a picture in their academy indoor arena at the...

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has praised Tottenham Hotspur's financial blueprint over the past few seasons, resisting the calls to spend money on new players and just going about their business.

In an interview featured in The Guardian, the Canaries executive gave his opinion on the approach taken by different teams when it comes to preparing for their Premier League return - namely either keep the core of the team or splurge on numerous new players.

 

Over the past few years, the teams that have gone for the latter approach - for example, Fulham last term, or Queens Park Rangers a few seasons ago - have generally not fared as well in their quest for Premier League survival, while the likes of Bournemouth have usually fared better.

With Norwich having gone up into the top flight, they have been relatively modest in terms of bringing in new acquisitions, instead opting for rewarding the bulk of the stars of 2018-19 by offering them bumper new contracts.

"The players are still worth the same for me as when we were a Championship club," Webber told the Eastern Daily Press, as quoted by The Guardian. "That is when you have to be strong and robust and willing to move on to the next one.

Norwich City football club's sporting director Stuart Webber looking over new building work on the club's academy at the Colney training centre on March 28th 2018 in Norwich,England.

"That is why I have huge respect for Spurs and how they have worked. For all of the noise the last couple of years - ‘need to sign, need to sign, need to sign’ - they have just built a stadium, their training ground is ridiculous and they have just been in a Champions League final. That is a real fingers-up to the people that are just saying you have to spend, spend, spend. It is so lazy to just talk about money. What about backing the players you’ve got?"

Spurs famously went two transfer windows - the summer of 2018 and January this year - without signing a single player, much to the chagrin of many fans at the time, but they nonetheless finished in the top four of the Premier League table, reached the Champions League final, and have moved into a brand new stadium.

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