Date: 14th October 2008 at 9:53am
Written by:

With all the speculation around Damien Comolli’s role and pending unemployment my mind is drawn back to some strange, sometimes incomprehensible moves we have made in the transfer market down the years.

I’m not just talking about the obvious howlers. An example that often springs to my mind is the sale of Calum Davenport to West Ham in January 2007. I wondered, why did we do that? Admittedly he wasn’t great, but he wasn’t bad, and as our 3rd choice centre half was forming a fairly solid partnership with Michael Dawson in the absence of Ledley King. He was sold, Rocha came in and Anthony Gardner, who previously couldn’t buy a game, suddenly started getting played. Why did we sell Davenport and replace him with a man who was deemed worse than Gardner, who himself was below Davenport in the pecking order? Worse still, Rocha was cup tied and unable to play in the UEFA cup. It just didn’t make sense.

Another strange one was the sale of Fredi Kanoute to Sevilla. (Though this was before Comolli’s time I think, we can’t hold him responsible for this one.) We apparently got an offer that was too good to refuse. Then in true Spurs fashion we had to scurry around looking for a big centre forward to back up Mido. Rasiak was signed. I sometimes wonder what that decision might have cost us, with Mido’s loss of form at the end of that season, if we had a half decent ‘big man’ up front to back him up, would a top 4 place have been secured?

There are many others. Reto Ziegler looked promising, Erik Edman wasn’t bad, both were left footed, both discarded in favour of a right footed left back in Lee Young Pyo. I did like YP but we didn’t have a left footed squad member for ages. Buying Darren Bent when we had a 60 goals a season out of Defoe, Keane and Berbatov.

This summer has seen more of the same. Obviously the departures of Keane and Berbatov have hurt us the most but in Steed, Chimbo and Tainio we had some solid squad members who could come in and do a job if we needed them to. Players that could get us through the early rounds of the cup competitions, experienced squad members who could give us more strength in depth. Who made these decisions, and for what reasons?

If Comolli does indeed depart and the Director of Football system is abandoned, maybe we will begin to find out.