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I agree SB. If anyone thinks that when a wanted player is weighing up who to sign for he does not consider if that team is in the CL or not, they are very niave.
To a certain extent I do feel a bit sorry for Arry. After all, if Chelski had lost in the CL final we would all be looking at this in a different way. On the other hand, it was in Arry's hands and he cocked up IMO. He can't look back and blame other teams for winning or losing as an excuse for not getting 3rd last season. It was in his hands and he blew it.
Unless we get his striker situation sorted I can see another frustrating season ahead. Chances made, end to end stuff, good attacking football but ultimately too many draws or 1 - 0 losses.
'....I agree SB. If anyone thinks that when a wanted player is weighing up who to sign for he does not consider if that team is in the CL or not, they are very niave....'
I think there are a whole range of factors. CL is one, money another, 'feel' is another, manager, reputation.
Citeh proved that lack of CL football didn't stop 'big' players signing, and that money was a lure.
If you look at us, we *achieved* CL football without having the lure of CL football at the outset. We signed Modric, Bale, Walker, Berbatov,Ade, (ok on loan so far),Sandro, Parker, VdV, - not stunning signings when they came on board, but players who either blended to form a CL threat or were targeted by other clubs because of how good they then proved to be. Gylfi and Vertonghen may also prove to be an exception to the 'CL' is all rule - only time can tell.
Getting the right mix of players was shown to be effective in getting a consistent performance and EPL finishes - not just marquee signings.
It is also well known that with 'big' players comes big salaries - and that isn't something Spurs have been too happy to match so far. So signing, for example, a Kaka and expecting them to take an £Xm- a year drop in salary is unlikely - hence presumably the hassle with signing Ade (what is he on £170k pw? And we pay max £100k pw? That's £3.5m per year drop - sorry - stats ;-))