David Ginola has claimed that Tottenham’s transfer policy should be held “as an example” to all other clubs.
The Spurs legend has raved about the measured approach overseen by manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy in recent years, which is in stark contrast to the Premier League big spenders.
Tottenham have made a net profit in the transfer market over the last five years as they operate on a sustainable footing while building the new White Hart Lane, which will be completed in time for next season.
It is in stark contrast to the spending blitz that followed the £86million club record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013, which prompted the arrival of seven new players for fees totalling almost £110million.
“When they sold Gareth Bale, they sold him for a €100m (£86million) and they then spent a €100m, but it wasn’t money spent wisely,” Ginola told IBTimes UK. “You saw the return from the money spent on Roberto Soldado for example, it wasn’t great.
“But it seems that it is not about the money you spend, because they were worried about this season. But look at this season so far, they are doing great, things are looking very promising for the future.
“Both performances against Real Madrid were fantastic. They will move to the new stadium next year and I think the way they have managed the team, the squad, the club, you can hear from anyone out there that this should be taken as an example. This is something we should be proud of.”
Spurs transfer plan is to compete with the best while operating prudently in the transfer market and investing mainly in stars of the future rather than established stars. It is why the main summer signings were Davison Sanchez, Juan Foyth and Serge Aurier, although an exception to the buy-young policy came with the £12million purchase of Fernando Llorente. Tottenham fans hoping the club will compete with the Manchester clubs, Chelsea and company for A-listers should think again. It won’t happen, not for a few years at least. Spurs will continue to live within their means and supporters should be grateful for the sensible hands at the tiller.