Tottenham and Everton are continually linked with the same players in the same way that Liverpool were linked with our targets. Both clubs have brought in, in my opinion, decent managers and have at last a coherent transfer strategy that has a chance of success.
For years many closed mind Spurs fans though the only way to achieve success was to splash the cash, it was left to a few of us to advocate a different path, the path we have now taken.
It all began for me when Basel came to White Hart Lane and played us off the pitch, although somehow we managed to get a draw out of the game if memory serves. Basel were a young team, who grew together and played a set system. It was a formula that seemed the obvious course for us to take.
Naturally I received my share of abuse for daring to suggest a different way. Loyalty is a thing of the past I was told, we will never be able to keep players so the whole ethos won't work. Imperative to its success was to find a top quality manager in the making, a manager who could work with and improve players, not a manager who could just buy players, they are ten a penny and most and plain average.
It was a bold move by the club and one that has proven to be the right strategy. We are in a very healthy position, we are financially sound and are on the cusp of having a new stadium. We simply couldn't go out and spend a fortune every year with a stadium to pay for and bank loans to be sought. Anyone who uses a bank knows you need to be on a sound footing to ask for credit.
With the right manager we have build a young playing squad that is the envy of many and a massive part of that is getting rid of shirkers and those with the wrong mental attitude. That philosophy has been adopted at Everton where Ronald Koeman is doing an excellent job rebuilding a club that had lost its perch as the 7th best team in the county.
His next step is to secure European football each season while players come and go. The life of a footballer is short and they can not wait around for things to happen. They either have to make them happen quickly themselves, and that relies on the manager buying and or developing the right players, or they move to a bigger club.
We had years of being a stepping stone club continually buying the wrong players with limiting mental capacity that limited what they could achieve. Leicester City have shown what can be achieved with the right mentality and Tottenham are showing what can be achieved with the right strategy. It may mean we see more teams trusting youth and therefore more teams bringing along more English players. Time will tell.
It is normal to say complimentary words about the opposition you are about tom play but we are not playing Everton so the words of Ronald Koeman hold greater significance
"The best example for us is a club like Tottenham - many years trying to be part of the big teams and now, in my opinion, Tottenham is maybe stronger than Arsenal and is stronger than Manchester United is,.
“They have signed a lot of good young players for long term. I think it’s a really good way how they work under Pochettino. I think he is doing a fantastic job at Tottenham.”Further THBN Reading
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