A few days ago Spurs confirmed the signing of both Welsh left back Ben Davies and Dutch goalie Michel Vorm from Swansea in a deal that also saw Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson return to the club he spent half a season on loan at in 2012.
I’m saddened by the news of the sale of Sigurdsson, a player I have always rated, but it is true that he has never continued his form at a consistent day to day basis, however I feel it is the wrong decision to sell him, especially to another Premier League team. I feel that Gylfi should have been given another chance this season, especially as his high pressing game and never say die attitude fits in remarkably well to Pochettino’s own style of play, as displayed in Pochettino’s first game against Manchester United in 2013, with Ferguson claiming that “But in the second half Southampton have been the best team to play here this season. We were fortunate to win.”.
The purchase of Ben Davies is a fairly obvious one, as Spurs have needed a bit more depth in the left back position for years now, this was obvious last season with centre back Jan Vertonghen often having to play out of position at left back when Danny Rose was injured. The signing of Davies excites me, especially when looking at Tottenham’s past history of signing welsh left backs! I kid, Davies is a different entity to Bale, but he has looked very effective for Swansea since his introduction to the first team after the unfortunate injury to Neil Taylor. As previously mentioned, Spurs have struggled for a consistent left back, what with Danny Rose being a left winger converted to left back and thus sometimes forgetting his defensive responsibilities and our only consistent left back for years Assou-Ekotto, being loaned out to QPR by AVB.
Yet the signing of Michel Vorm has taken a few by surprise, myself included, Vorm has been a consistent performed for Swansea since signing for them in 2011, however one can’t see Vorm usurping the number one position from French captain Hugo Lloris, especially with Lloris having recently signed a new 5 year contract with the club. On the other hand, as a Spurs fan, I’m not complaining that we now have Vorm as a back up keeper, much more reliable than the experienced Friedel, it just strikes me as a strange decision for Vorm on a personal level.
Hopefully this indicates a few more new signings for Spurs, as a new centre back and winger would go down very well! However if not, we have strengthened in a position that has been weak for years, with a relatively cheap, british player, this can only be seen as a positive. COYS!