Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Rat at Spurs? And other transfer speculations

It is clear that Harry is still on the lookout for a new left-back, a recent nemesis of the club has emerged as a possible replacement. Razvan Rat, the left back for Shakhtar Donetsk, who as we all know knocked Spurs out of Europe on Thursday night, is a possible summer target for both Spurs and Aston Villa.

Rat is twenty-seven and has been capped over fifty times for Romania, so he is an established international defender who looked pretty good in the two legs of the tie recently. He did exactly what I want to see in a left back, he got forward well, but also was good in closing down his mark. Giovanni did get free and took a great goal Thursday night, but Rat could be a great addition to the club. Other names that have been floated have been Nicky Shorey and Leighton Baines. I doubt Everton will let Baines go, but I think someone like Joleon Lescott could be a great option for the club. He did not play against West Brom today, and that's not saying he has fallen out of favor, but Baines has been first choice at left-back, and Lescott could play both center back and left back.

Both Giovanni and Roman Pavlyuchenko have been quoted as saying that they would like to play for other teams, which on the surface seems upsetting to the club ahead of the Carling Cup Final tomorrow, but both were asked questions in interviews and admitted that they would like to play at Manchester United and Barcelona again sometime. I think Roman has his future committed to Spurs, especially with the transfer fee that was splashed out for him this season, but Giovanni could be someone to move on this summer, as his deal with Portsmouth that fell through proves. Would Guardiola want Gio back at Barca? I don't know, but I do tend to think that Gio will be leaving the club this summer.

The left wing position is the other position that could use the most help at the club, with Niko Krancjar's name already having been mentioned, but indulge the Yank on this for a moment, Clint Dempsey could make an excellent addition to the club. His performances at Fulham have been very good throughout the year, and he versatile, I have watched him play as a striker, someone just behind the striker, like Modric, the creator in midfield, and on both wings. He can play with both feet, and knows how to get a cross in. Now Fulham might not want to sell him, but 6 million pounds or so might change their mind. What do you think? Am I off base? Let me know.

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