So the dreaded role of director of football has returned to White Hart Lane - Tottenham have appointed Franco Baldini.

Last time around, Damien Comolli was swiftly removed after a string of signings that did not fit into the "master plan". Ricardo Rocha and Danny Murphy spring to mind.

If you compare this to Baldini's record at Roma and Real Madrid, then this will end many of the doubts that you may have.

Gonzalo Higuain and Marcelo, both aged 18, Walter Samuel and Erik Lamela, all going on to have successful careers. Still not sure? Higuain is very close to leaving Madrid for £22m. Not a bad investment by any stretch of the imagination.

The main problem with the system that existed with Comolli and Martin Jol was that they were both pulling in different directions. How do we know it will be different this time around?

Well, firstly Andre Villas-Boas actually asked for Baldini. Perhaps his encounters with Levy were too nerve wracking and after missing out on Joao Moutinho and Leandro Damiao in January - he doesn't trust his transfer policy.

But, more likely than this, he wants someone in charge of transfers that shares the same philosophy as him. Villas-Boas scouts in Brazil in his free time and has openly stated he would love to manage there one day.

This can be seen in the players Spurs have been linked with: Damiao, Paulinho and Bernard the obvious examples. Baldini also favours South American talent and has had much success in recruiting these players that Villas-Boas also adores.

But why would Levy allow this? Levy loves an investment, signing players young, with lots of potential with a view to selling them on for a profit somewhere down the line.

The best example is the 23-year-old Gareth Bale, who has more than payed for himself this year alone. More recently, the Germany U21 captain Lewis Holtby shows a continuation of this policy.

Baldini also signs young players as seen by Higuain and Marcelo at Madrid, who normally favoured accomplished and experienced heads such as Xabi Alonso. This policy thus suits Levy and bridges the gap between manager and chairman.

The Tottenham website stated Baldini will primarily be concerned in the field of recruitment, for the youth team and the first team. This is fantastic news for the club, who have failed to produce the talent that the likes of Southampton or Arsenal have.

Furthermore, it shows a longer term vision for the club and some sense of continuity in the direction, should Villas-Boas leave next year to PSG or Real Madrid.

This shows a maturity which Tottenham had previously lacked, making signings at the 11th hour for the sake of a deal rather than for footballing reasons.

On top of this, Levy can now focus on the stadium rather than worrying about transfers, whilst keeping his distance from the footballing side and sticking to what he knows best: the business.

This demonstrates a massive investment of trust in Villas-Boas, which he certainly couldn't have shown to Harry Redknapp.

So, this time around it is different. Baldini is a step forward for Tottenham, signifying a maturity, a long-term vision and something of a more efficient system.

Baldini has a tough job this summer, with Spurs having to compete with Europe's elite for the signings of a top striker, a left-back and a central midfielder. But this is the first step in developing the club into a competitive European force.

If Villas-Boas stays and is given the backing, he can build a dynasty, which is a rarity in modern day football.

On top of this, the new stadium and investment in the squad can only mean improvement. So fear not Spurs fans. This is not another Comolli, but a significant leap in the direction which Villas-Boas and Levy want.


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