After being pipped for the final Champions League place following Chelsea’s antics in the Allianz Arena, Tottenham were looking to improve on merely a Europa League spot next season.
The acquisition of Hugo Lloris, Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey in the summer marked positive movements in the direction of 4th place. This bid was then strengthened when Lewis Holtby was brought to White Hart Lane for the second half of the season in the January transfer window. However an out and out striker still eludes Andre Villas-Boas’ transfer receipt.
A reason for this may be the strict wage budget that the chairman Daniel Levy runs the club on. Fans might be optimistic with rumours that Gareth Bale will be offered a contract worth in the region of £130,000-a-week in an attempt to ensure he does not depart in the summer. Perhaps this will be a step in the right direction and encourage a top class forward such as Leandro Damiao to sign for Spurs.
Many fans feel that a striker such as Damiao would have propelled the club into a much stronger position than the one they find themselves in currently.
Last season, Tottenham’s wage bill amounted to £93 million whilst clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all were paying out over £120 million in wages. This would suggest Tottenham were punching above their weight in 2012 and indicates a pattern that the top clubs have to being paying a certain amount in wages to obtain high places in the table.
This position taken up by Levy has ensured that Tottenham Hotspur run a club with a healthy profit margin but this may be at the expense of silverware and a lucrative Champions League place next year.
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