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Tottenham were right to keep deadline day quiet

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Transfer deadline days of the not-so-distant past have seen Tottenham's training ground seem more like a circus than a football base.

Under the management of the famous 'wheeler-dealer' Harry Redknapp, Spurs were often the hub of Sky Sports' cameras on the final day of the transfer window, whether it be signing Rafael van der Vaart or selling Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United, the public could always rely on Spurs for some late transfer drama.

So it may have come as a surprise to some when both Enfield and White Hart Lane were very quiet come the 11pm deadline last Friday. That was because very little did happen at Spurs. But were they right to do what they did?

Having signed seven players in the summer, I would say that largely they were. While it is clear not all the signings have settled in well, bringing in more fresh faces would probably disrupt the team.

There are certainly areas for improvement. Having started the season with seven clean sheets in the first 10 Premier League games, there have only been two since.

Despite the failings of the back-four, I think with the returns of Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul, along with the recently fit again Danny Rose, an improvement in defence will come.

I don't see midfield as somewhere that could have been strengthened, either. Spurs were linked with hijacking Liverpool's attempts to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka but I think the midfield depth is already strong.

In the centre, Nabil Bentaleb has not looked at all overawed; Moussa Dembele continues to impress, and Paulinho has arguably been the most effective of the summer signings.

In front of them, Christian Eriksen has made the number 10 position his own, while Lewis Holtby will gain valuable experience on loan at Fulham, and there is an abundance of wide players for Tim Sherwood to choose from.

Up front, it's obvious Roberto Soldado isn't yet firing in a Tottenham shirt. The Spaniard has scored just five Premier League goals, four of which have come from the penalty spot, but I really do think he just needs more time to settle. A striker who has a record as good as Soldado's in La Liga can only have talent, and I think Spurs fans are yet to see the best of him.

Emmanuel Adebayor is on form, however, and that is a great thing for the club.

One thing I would disagree with is the decision to let Jermain Defoe leave without finding a replacement. Defoe is a proven goalscorer in England and his goals could prove a costly miss to Sherwood as the club chase the top four. Replacing him with someone who has already played in the league would have been ideal, they were linked with a move to bring back Berbatov but he joined Monaco instead.

Overall, I think it was an uneventful transfer window for Spurs for a reason. They don't need anymore players, their squad is big enough as it is, although quality will need to be added if they do have long-term ambitions to win the Premier League.

As for the rest of this season: who knows?


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