The Gareth Bale saga had been many months old when he signed for Real Madrid in a world record transfer deal.
That moment was the beginning of the end for Andre Villas-Boas.
Had the transfer occurred when the transfer window was still in its youth, it may have been a different story for the London club. However, the late, desperate actions that were fulfilled by the Spurs board left AVB with limited time to do anything he needed to do in the transfer window.
Often having been called pretenders to the top four, this season AVB and co. were hoping to make a real statement to why they are a true force to be reckoned with. What better way to do this then to splash the cash on new faces?
So they went out and signed some big names- the likes Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen. Suddenly, an attack that seemed to only have one leader was an attack that had a plethora of options and a myriad of players that could put the ball in the back of the net.
That has not been the case though, and it has undoubtedly led to the sacking of AVB.
Daniel Levy's intransigence in the transfer window led AVB to having massive funds become available for him very, very late on in the day. He splashed out wicked sums of money in the closing days of the transfer window, which gave almost no time for the players on his squad to gel together.
As a result, the stars with huge price tags were unable to adapt to the players around them and are understandably playing at a low-level.
It is no wonder that Spurs best player this season has been Andros Townsend, an English-born youngster who has already adapted to the league.
In reality, it was Daniel Levy who caused AVB's sacking, not AVB himself.
If Spurs want to be genuine top four contenders they will have to make swift movement in the transfer window, rather than settle for long, drawn out transfer sagas that lead to seasons like the one currently happening.
Otherwise, they will end up just like Lord Polonius, another pretender, in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
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