Ever since Daniel Levy sanctioned the world record transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid his position as chairman of Tottenham Hotspur has come under scrutiny.
This multiplied throughout last season when Spurs failed to mount a serious challenge to break into those champions league places which also left Spurs trail their north London rivals Arsenal by ten points despite spending over £100million in the summer transfer window.
Tottenham's transfer policy was questioned and with the assistance of technical director France Baldini only one of their seven signings lived up in the form of Christian Eriksen. Thus the general view was that Levy had wasted hundreds of millions of pounds leading to a stagnant stretch to 6th place instead of boost of firepower that all Tottenham fans felt could merit a top four finish.
Despite this, is Daniel Levy the one to blame at the club? Well that is not what former Spurs owner Lord Sugar believes when talking to SkySports. Lord Sugar refused to blame Levy and instead felt that it was then Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas that was the one at fault.
"You can’t blame Daniel because he was obviously under pressure when he had the untenable situation of having to sell Bale - and he did a very good job in negotiating a world record. “Then he promised the money to the manager. I mean what more can you do?" he said.
Next man agreed
Tim Sherwood, the man who replaced Andre Villas Boas for the second half of last season, further reiterated the way the head coach of the Lilywhites has the final say on transfers.
During the January transfer window last season season Sherwood was quoted by the Tottenham Journal, saying: “To be fair Daniel’s always asking: ‘Are you sure you don’t need to strengthen in this area? Can I help you in this or that area?’.
"I’m saying: ‘Look, I’m confident in the players we’ve got and I don’t need any help to strengthen, thanks very much’".
Levy is not all powerful
This demonstrates how it is not the chairman but the manager who has the most influence on signings.
Ultimately the signs do indicate that that it is not solely the chairman at fault here, despite overseeing eight managers during his tenure it is very easy to argue that Levy has left Spurs in a more promising position than when he arrived.
Flops no more?
And with all seven new signings having a year of Premier League experience, including the Argentine Erik Lamela, recommended by Franco Baldini, who has already looked promising throughout Tottenham's tour of the USA.
We cant wait to see our signings emerge from the label of 'flop' and show why Levy and Baldini had broken the transfer record thrice in order to obtain these stars.
With the best training ground in the world and the development of a new stadium the future does look bright for all Spurs fans myself included.