For Tottenham to have sold Luka Modric three weeks ago would have made as much sense as eating a urine-flavoured lollipop (unless you’re into that kind of thing). Now however, it looks like Tottenham may have to bite the bullet after all.
Just as Joe Strummer wondered if he should stay or go back in 1982, Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp are now facing the very same dilemma in 2011. Not about themselves though, there is however a little Croatian who is unmistakably unhappy. Clearly it is far from an ideal situation having a player in the squad who clearly does NOT want to be there. Yet, the fact of the matter is that the very same player quite recently signed a six-year contract with the north London club.
Nevertheless, I have my doubts that Spurs fans will see the Croatian in the starting eleven against Everton when the Premier League kicks off in mid August. Sadly.
Therefore I reckon Levy’s job in the coming weeks is for Spurs to get as much out of this deal as physically possible. In retrospect, that would have been significantly easier if Modric hadn’t come out with his statement in the media. Something he probably wouldn’t have done however, if the talks with Levy had gone better. When the midfield genius continues to present himself to potential buyers (or at this stage mainly Chelsea and a disgustingly wealthy Russian) with statements saying how badly he wants to leave the club, this sill eventually leading to a lower selling prize – a situation Spurs should and could have been without.
Hence, the negotiations between Levy with his entourage and the Chelsea representatives could prove to be a tough task for the Tottenham chairman. As far as I am concerned, he should try to milk this Russian owned cow for as much as possible. Seeing Modric leave for Chelsea would no doubt be a great source of hurt, like a vasectomy without anaesthetics, for the Spurs fans. Losing their best player to a team who, in the eyes of many Tottenham fans, have no history, a significant amount of oil money and also happen to be one of the clubs Tottenham might have to struggle with to reach Champions League again, would be far from a pleasant situation. It is sort of like a kid brother who suddenly has pumped himself with steroids and now leaner and meaner, has the possibility to beat the older one.
If Levy and Spurs could get a decent deal out of this hopeless position in which they have managed to blindly walk into, a deal in which could benefit Tottenham as well as Modric and ‘the blue Russians’, it is possible that it wouldn’t hurt just as much. I am thinking a decent amount of money along with Didier Drogba, would be rather useful for Spurs.
Money, which could be cleverly reinvested, and Drogba who indisputably would provide the north London club with some long-awaited presence going forward. In my opinion Drogba would be an ideal signing for Tottenham, regardless of where Modric eventually ends up. His physical authority, finishing and experience would be an outstanding attribute for Tottenham. He can play alone as a striker, with Van der Vaart behind him, or with Defoe playing off him. Both of those alternatives have an aura of genuine attack threat against any team in the Premiership.
The Tottenham midfield would then possibly need some strengthening, all though Huddlestone and Sandro have both proved to be great central midfielders. This however, will most likely be the subject of an article in the rather close future.
Would I prefer the whole saga never to have happened and Modric to be happy and continuing performing on an absolute world-class level for Tottenham? Yes, definitely. But one should also remember that this is not Football Manager where a player is just a name you can leave to rot in the reserves if you so please. Football involves actual human beings and it is far from ideal to have an unhappy player in the squad. Hence, Levy should try to be a bankrobber with Chelsea as he does in fact have a rather strong hand to play, a player with five years remaining of his contract and an opponent who’s got money and a willingness to spend.
Looks like that lollipop is getting closer. I wonder if they sell those at Tesco?
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