Is Villas-Boas Preparing Something Special at Tottenham?
By Oliver Wilson
Andre Villas-Boas has a number of names on his summer transfer list and if all goes well, the Tottenham manager could end up creating a Spurs side the fans have been dreaming of.
AVB hasn’t made a giant impact during the transfer window since becoming the new manager at White Hart Lane.
The man tasked with carrying on the work of one of the countries most loved (or hated) managers, Harry Redknapp, has done very little to add to the squad given to him by Daniel Levy.
Yes, both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen have been important signings for a club preparing to lose, arguably, its most important asset to Real Madrid this summer, but both acquisitions were discussed and arranged before the Portuguese manager turned up in North London.
AVB himself has brought in……..errrrr……..no one.
And while Luka Modric books his plane ticket for sunny Spain, Tottenham fans are now wondering what the club is going to do in the final weeks of the transfer window.
Spurs fans should stop worrying. The rumour mill is indicating that AVB could be on to two, if not three (or even four), of the best buys to take place this summer.
There are three positions, assuming that Modric does leave this August, that need strengthening this summer in order for Spurs to look like a Champions League contender for next season; goalkeeper, central midfield and striker.
The Portuguese manager has been looking at Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris all summer long, but now Inter Milan’s experienced Julio Cesar is looking like a secondary option to replace aging Brad Friedel with.
32-year-old Cesar has been an excellent servant for Inter, and will provide another stopgap before AVB has to look for a younger keeper in three years time.
In midfield Tottenham will need to replace Modric with another quality playmaker. A reunion with his star from Porto Joao Moutinho could still be on the cards, but bringing in the hotly touted Yann M’Vila from Rennes will allow Sigurdson or Rafael van der Vaart to try and play the Modric role, while the Frenchman sits and holds the midfield with Parker.
It’s upfront, however, where AVB could be on for the biggest coup the Premier League will see this summer.
Fernando Llorente has reportedly said he wants to leave sunny Bilbao and Tottenham are one of several sides looking at the Spanish striker.
Llorente would represent a younger, fitter and more talented version of Emmanuel Adebayor, a player who spent last season on loan at Spure scoring 18 goals in the process.
His staggering wage demands, thought, have stopped a permanent move from being finalized, and Llorente would be an ideal replacement for the Manchester City striker.
Should all four transfers take place (or even two or three of them) Tottenham will be one of the most improved sides, on paper, this season, even with the departure of Modric and AVB could well be sitting on a side with an outside shot at a top three finish.
Llorente scored 17 goals in the league last season, while M’Villa and Moutinho directly created nine strikes for their sides in 2011/12. When Modric goes Spurs fans need not worry. AVB could be preparing for something special down The Lane.