Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is notoriously famous for his tough negotiation methods and last minute deals.
Despite being a top businessman who has brought balance to the club finances, some sections of the fans were getting annoyed with the lack of activity in previous transfer windows. Especially when the club failed to land players like Joao Moutinho and Leandro Damiao in the past.
Levy might have pulled off a coup to bring in Rafael van der Vaart at the last minute a few seasons back. He also managed to get the best out of Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov and Luka Modric in deals, which spanned across recent windows.
But in general, the lack of time after these sales, resulted in make shift replacements in the form of Luis Saha, Ryan Nelson etc. Those players were past their peak and were just stop gap measures to address the slide.
Even though some can argue about the role played by Harry Redknapp in bringing the veterans, the club's desperation also played its part there.
This summer has seen a welcome change in Tottenham's approach. Lillywhite supporters across the world are happy with the summer acquisitions and the club's intent shown towards their ambitions. They are no more worried about the Gareth Bale transfer saga.
Spurs have brought in players of supreme quality and skill, which matches with manager Andre Villas Boas' ethos and principals. Even with 10 days remaining in the transfer market. Spurs faithful aren't worried, instead they are hopeful for a title challenge and are confident of securing champions league football with or without their Welsh wizard Bale.
Who has brought this change? and how all of a sudden Spurs were able to land players across the world?
Along with Daniel Levy and Andre Villas Boas, there is a new technical director calling the shots in transfer market. He is using his contacts across the world to help match the club's ambition. It's none other than Franco Baldini,
A hugely respected figure in the football world, he seems to be acting as the catalyst behind the scenes. The one who has bridged the gap between club authorities and the team staff, the one primarily responsible for the transfer deals happening at White Hart Lane.
Former England assistant, Baldini is using his contacts from all over the world in bringing the best possible talent, matching AVB's ambitions and Levy's financial targets. Spurs have brought players from clubs in Brazil, Netherlands, Spain and France. They are currently close to landing players from a Russian club and an Italian club if reports are to be believed.
It's not just the incoming transfers that are happening at White Hart Lane. Players like Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker and Steven Caulker have all departed from the Lane making way for new entries.
While they are also actively trying to make space by allowing Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Emmanuel Adebayor to leave. Spurs haven't shown this kind of clinical purpose and shrewd acquisitions to match their ambition in the near past.
The presence of Baldini has brought significant change in the measured approach adopted by Levy and AVB's needs. The trio are working in tandem to take Spurs to a new level and there is no doubt that Franco Baldini's arrival has played a key role in Tottenham's change in fortunes.
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